Jorge Rivas

Jorge Rivas
Jorge Rivas Multimedia Editor / Pop Culture Blogger
Los Angeles, CA

Jorge Rivas is multimedia editor and pop culture blogger for A firm believer in the power of visual communications to inform and move people into action, Jorge uses multimedia presentations to help readers build stronger connections to stories. Jorge has covered the public housing crisis in a post-Katrina New Orleans, the effects of deportation on families, and brought live images of the President Obama's inauguration to readers.

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Jorge started in broadcast as an intern at the age of 16 and since worked in the entertainment industry and on international advertising campaigns. Jorge received his B.A. in Raza Studies from San Francisco State University where he studied immigration, healthcare perspectives and the interrelationship of culture, community, and the internet. Prior to joining Applied Research Center (ARC) and in 2005, Rivas worked on a living wage campaign in Brooklyn, NY through the Minority Activist Apprenticeship Program (MAAP).

Jorge uses his media and ethnic studies background to deconstruct representation of people of color in pop culture, illustrating how pop culture can shape opinions, perceptions and even public policy. Jorge's work has appeared on,, Racialicious, The Root, Alternet, and Feministing.

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Friday: “ColorLines: Race and Economic Recovery”

by Jorge Rivas on February 11 2010, 12:42PM

ColorLines: Race and Economic Recovery follows communities making ends meet in The Great Recession. The program narrates the moving story of Tisha, mother of three in Connecticut, facing a social safety net shredded further by the crisis. Then the…


All the Scholar Ladies (Get an A on It) [VIDEO]

by Jorge Rivas on February 10 2010, 5:36PM

The video above is from Milwaukee’s HOPE Christian School. Their most recent graduating class had 92 percent of its students go on to college or post-secondary education….


American Bar Association Calls For New Immigration Court

by Jorge Rivas on February 9 2010, 12:28PM

According to the New York Times, the American Bar Association (ABA) is recommending the creation of a separate immigration court system that would be similar to federal courts that decide tax cases. Patrick Young at describes the issues raised…

Topics: Immigration

Welcome to ColorLines: Introducing Jamilah King

by Jorge Rivas on February 5 2010, 11:52AM

We’re thrilled to announce that Jamilah King’s officially joined the ColorLines team. You may recognize Jamilah King’s name from the many posts that we cross-posted here from WireTap magazine, where Jamilah served as their associate editor for several years. She’s…

Topics: ColorLines Features

Racial Divide Grows with Charter Schools Across the Country

by Jorge Rivas on February 5 2010, 9:34AM

The Los Angeles Unified School District has more charters schools than any other school district in the country. Charter schools in L.A tend to serve underrepresented communities which are often either Black, Latino or Asian. This results in schools whose…

Topics: Schools & Youth

“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Disproportionately Affecting Black Women

by Jorge Rivas on February 3 2010, 9:33AM

Besides Afghanistan and Iraq, there is no other military policy that raises as much controversy as “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT.) Yesterday Robert M. Gates, the defense secretary, and Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told…

Topics: Gender & Sexuality

There’s an App For That: The White House

by Jorge Rivas on February 1 2010, 2:32PM

In addition to the 48 million viewers watching the President’s State of the Union speech on TV last week, there was also nearly 1.3 million people who tuned into the’s live video feed of the speech. A good…


Immigration Reform Deserves More Than 38 Words

by Jorge Rivas on January 29 2010, 12:41PM

Tuesday’s State of the Union address was more than 7,500 words long and all President Obama devoted to the issue of immigration was 38 of the most neutral words he could possible use. And we should continue the work…

Topics: Immigration

Somali ‘Pirates’ Plan to Send Treasures Taken from Rich Countries to Haiti

by Jorge Rivas on January 29 2010, 11:07AM

We haven’t heard about the Somali pirates in months, but they’re back in the news cycle. This time around, it’s a more positive, Robin Hood-esque story. In the article, translated on, leaders of the pirate groups say they’re willing…

Topics: Global Affairs

How Howard Zinn Wanted to Be Remembered [VIDEO]

by Jorge Rivas on January 28 2010, 3:21PM

In what would be one of his last interviews, Howard Zinn discusses how he wants to be remembered: For “introducing a different way of thinking about the world,” and as “somebody who gave people a feeling of hope and…


Obama’s First Year in Pictures

by Jorge Rivas on January 27 2010, 12:35PM

President Obama’s first year in office was dominated by the economic crisis and bank bailouts, the healthcare debate and the war. We raised our eyebrows at Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize acceptance, but celebrated Justice Sotomayor’s selection and swearing in. A…


Immigrant Rights Leader Jean Montrevil Released

by Jorge Rivas on January 25 2010, 12:22PM

It took an earthquake, but Jean Montrevil, whose arrest and deportation order has garnered nationwide protest was released last Saturday. He returned to his wife and four U.S. citizen children at home in Brooklyn. Montrevil had been detained by ICE…

Topics: Immigration

Temporary Protected Status for Haitians Begins Today, but Doesn’t Apply to Everyone

by Jorge Rivas on January 21 2010, 9:54AM

According to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano the U.S. may be home to as many as 200,000 undocumented Haitian immigrants. Starting today the Obama administration is allowing Haitians who have been in the U.S. without legal status before January 12…

Topics: Global Affairs, Immigration

Sixty Black Leaders Condemn Sheriff Joe Arpaio

by Jorge Rivas on January 19 2010, 5:26PM

Last Thursday, January 14, an advertisement appeared in the The Arizona Republic newspaper comparing Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio to the infamous 1960s Birmingham public safety commissioner Theophilus Eugene “Bull” Connor, who fought against integration by using fire hoses…


An Open Letter to Anderson Cooper: You Know the Difference Between “Looter” and “Survivor”

by Jorge Rivas on January 19 2010, 4:05PM

A few days after Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans in 2005 we saw images in the media of people going in to abandoned shops for food. The media was quick to identify survivors trying to get food as looters….


It’s Official: Latinos Highly Value a College Education but Many Can’t Afford It

by Jorge Rivas on January 19 2010, 2:52AM

To be exact, 88% of Latinos highly value a college education, according to a new study from the PEW Hispanic Center. Initially, when I read the report, I thought “really, Sherlock? you really had to study that one?” But then…


Ten OTHER Things Martin Luther King Said

by Jorge Rivas on January 18 2010, 3:44PM

via Illdoctrine At this time of year we always hear the same 2 or 3 MLK clips over and over, but there was much more to the man. At RaceWire, we’ve got our own favorite quote too: It may be…


Pat Robertson: Haiti Disaster Due to Haiti’s “Pact to the Devil”

by Jorge Rivas on January 13 2010, 2:53PM

First we had Rush Limbaugh take the racist bigot prize when he said Americans deserve an apology from Obama for addressing the Haitian earthquake sooner than the attempted Christmas bombing. And, just when you thought it couldn’t get any…


It’s Official: Sarah Palin Speaking at Liquor Convention in Vegas

by Jorge Rivas on January 13 2010, 12:30AM

The Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA) have issued a press release confirming Sarah Palin as the keynote speaker at the Annual WSWA Convention in Las Vegas. “Governor Palin is a great supporter of America’s free enterprise system…


Immigration Reform Can Bring $1.5 Trillion Economic Growth

by Jorge Rivas on January 12 2010, 5:11PM

The Center for American Progress teamed up with UCLA Chicano studies professor Dr. Raúl Hinojosa-Ojeda to study the economic benefits of comprehensive immigration reform. The report, “Raising the floor for American workers: the economic benefits of comprehensive immigration reform”,…

Topics: Immigration