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Jamilah King

Jamilah King
Jamilah King News Editor
New York, NY

Jamilah King is the news editor at Colorlines.com, coordinating story assignments as news breaks, as well as covering urban politics and youth culture. Before joining Colorlines she was associate editor at WireTap Magazine, an online political publication that was a project of The Nation Institute. Jamilah serves on peer review board of the Youth Media Reporter, previously worked as contributing editor with YO! Youth Outlook Multimedia, and has covered the youth vote for Colorlines.com. Jamilah is a former McNair scholar and Kopkind Fellow. She graduated with degrees in English and Black Studies from Pitzer College and also studied gender and development at the University of the West Indies along with labor history at City University of New York. Born and raised in San Francisco, Jamilah grew up in a single parent, working class household. She has written about her family's personal experience with violence, and is dedicated to using art to articulate new visions for the future. Jamilah participated in the Movement Activist Apprenticeship Program (MAAP) where she organized passenger service workers in Oakland with the Center for Third World Organizing. She studied labor history at City University of New York and worked as an organizer with SEIU and low income workers in the Bronx. She has also volunteered in the HIV community, doing outreach with Bay Area Young Positives and the Jamaica Forum for Lesbians, Gays, and All-Sexuals in Kingston. Jamilah frequently appears on community radio and media conferences around the country, including National Conference on Media Reform and Allied Media Conference. Jamilah's writing has also appeared on New America Media, TheNation.com, San Francisco Bay Guardian, Alternet, and Racialicious. She's an avid basketball fan and a recovering music junkie.

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Jamilah tweets at @jamilahking.

Utah Gov: State Database Was Breached

Utah Gov: State Database Was Breached

by Jamilah King on July 15 2010, 7:28PM

Governor says a state database in the Department of Workforce Services was breached to create a list of 1,300 Latinos accused of being undocumented.

Topics: Utah Immigrant Hit List

Utah Immigrant Hit List Stirs Government Distrust

Utah Immigrant Hit List Stirs Government Distrust

by Jamilah King on July 15 2010, 11:46AM

Community leaders cite rising anxieties after names and personal info are released in a list many believe to be generated by someone inside state government.

Topics: Utah Immigrant Hit List

Broadband Regulation Lingers in Congress

Broadband Regulation Lingers in Congress

by Jamilah King on July 14 2010, 5:13PM

The long, wonky debate has real relevance for how low-income Web users get online.

Topics: Technology

Meg Whitman's Latino-Voter Tap Dance

Meg Whitman’s Latino-Voter Tap Dance

by Jamilah King on July 14 2010, 3:54PM

She was against California’s Latinos before she was for ‘em.

Topics: 2010 Elections

Utah Group Sends 1,300 Latino Names, Personal Info to Press

Utah Group Sends 1,300 Latino Names, Personal Info to Press

by Jamilah King on July 14 2010, 1:15PM

Update @ 3:00p ET: Scroll down to read the full text of the two letters sent to media, elected officials and law enforcement. The original letter’s signers, identified only as “Concerned Citizens of the United States,” vow to continue tracking…

Topics: Utah Immigrant Hit List

30 Protests in 30 Days for Arizona Activists

30 Protests in 30 Days for Arizona Activists

by Jamilah King on July 12 2010, 9:45AM

A month of daily opposition in the run up to the start of SB 1070 enforcement on July 29.

Topics: Immigration

A New Low for Coverage of Women in Sports

A New Low for Coverage of Women in Sports

by Jamilah King on July 10 2010, 11:36AM

News coverage of women’s sports has all but disappeared, a new study finds.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, Media

Blacks and Latinos Phoning Across the Digital Divide

Blacks and Latinos Phoning Across the Digital Divide

by Jamilah King on July 9 2010, 6:44PM

As web regulation heats up, study shows mobile users are growing, but the broadband gap remains.

Topics: Net Neutrality, Technology

Mehserle's Letter of Regret for Killing Oscar Grant

Mehserle’s Letter of Regret for Killing Oscar Grant

by Jamilah King on July 9 2010, 5:38PM

Read Johannes Mehserle’s hand-written letter to the family.

Topics: Oscar Grant Trial

“The Wrong People Are in Control”

by Jamilah King on July 9 2010, 1:58AM

By now, you’ve seen the headlines recounting last night’s reaction to the involuntary manslaughter verdict in the Johannes Mehserle murder trial. The San Francisco Chronicle’s reporting that angry mobs smashed windows and looted from stores. CNN’s reporting that angry crowds…

Topics: Oscar Grant Trial

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Wells Fargo’s “Stage Coach From Hell” Loses Subprime Wheels

by Jamilah King on July 8 2010, 5:35PM

Late last night Wells Fargo announced its plans to cut 3,800 jobs, close 638 of its Wells Fargo financial stores nationwide and officially stop handing out subprime loan packages. The move is a long time coming for a bank that’s…

Topics: Economy

Lawmakers Prepare for Showdown Over Jobs

Lawmakers Prepare for Showdown Over Jobs

by Jamilah King on July 7 2010, 4:16PM

Democrats and Republicans spend the congressional recess getting ready to blame each other for the recession that will surely still be with us come November.

Topics: Economy

Arizona Dems Parrot Border Violence Lie

Arizona Dems Parrot Border Violence Lie

by Jamilah King on July 6 2010, 2:32PM

“Less talk, more action.” That can pretty much sum up reactions on all sides to President Obama’s speech last week on immigration reform. But as the Department of Justice gears up for its lawsuit against Arizona for the state’s imposition…

Topics: Arizona's SB 1070, Immigration

Oscar Grant Trial: Is An Uprising Worth It?

Oscar Grant Trial: Is An Uprising Worth It?

by Jamilah King on July 2 2010, 6:44PM

As the city of Oakland, and the country at large, sits on pins and needles waiting for a verdict in the murder trial of former police officer Johannes Mehserle, shop owners are holding their breath. Cops are ready to fight….

Topics: Criminal Justice, Oscar Grant Trial

Waiting Lists for HIV Drugs in the U.S.--Again

Waiting Lists for HIV Drugs in the U.S.—Again

by Jamilah King on July 2 2010, 8:00AM

It’s not just the economy. Treatment assistance programs for low-income and uninsured people living with HIV have been chronically underfunded, even in good times.

Topics: Health

Jobless Claims Rise As Congress Goes On Recess

Jobless Claims Rise As Congress Goes On Recess

by Jamilah King on July 1 2010, 2:59PM

Newly released data from the Department of Labor shows that the country’s jobless claims are on the rise. Over the past two weeks, initial claims increased to over 470,000. The jump in claims isn’t exactly news to most analysts, who…

Topics: Economy

Santelli Rants While Jobless Face Congressional Abyss

Santelli Rants While Jobless Face Congressional Abyss

by Jamilah King on June 30 2010, 6:24PM

Rick Santelli’s once again raging on CNBC. Maybe the 1.2 million longterm unemployed that Congress is kicking off of jobless insurance should do the same.

Topics: Economy

Weed Arrests A 'Civil Rights Issue,' Says NAACP Infographic

Weed Arrests A ‘Civil Rights Issue,’ Says NAACP

by Jamilah King on June 30 2010, 3:39PM

In what drug policy reform advocates are calling a “landmark moment”, the California NAACP announced its support yesterday for Proposition 19, a controversial ballot initiative that would legalize marijuana in the state. The group stood with leaders from the California…

Topics: Criminal Justice

NBA Finals Highlights Rodents, Education Reform

NBA Finals Highlights Rodents, Education Reform

by Jamilah King on June 18 2010, 3:45PM

Chances are if you caught last night’s Game 7 of the NBA finals, you also saw a couple of very questionable commercials. The game that had the Los Angeles Lakers defeat the Boston Celtics was the highest rated NBA finals…

Topics: Media

Brewer Lambasts Possible Federal Suit Over SB 1070

Brewer Lambasts Possible Federal Suit Over SB 1070

by Jamilah King on June 18 2010, 3:16PM

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Arizona Governor Jan Brewer seem to be in a war of words this week after Clinton threatened to sue over SB 1070. In an interview with an Ecuadorean television station earlier this month, Clinton…

Topics: Immigration