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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Follow Jorge on Twitter at @thisisjorge.

Publisher of LA Youth Tells NY Times How to Pay for Good Journalism

by Jorge Rivas on July 27 2009, 9:49AM

Sunday’s New York Times published a letter from the publisher of L.A. Youth, the Los Angeles newspaper by and about L.A. teens, commenting on a column about how to pay for good journalism. Take a look at the letter…


LACMA Learns to Tweet en Español

by Jorge Rivas on July 27 2009, 9:15AM

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), has the distinction of being the first bilingual twittering museum. @enLACMA is a translation of the @LACMA account and also a place—and person—for Spanish speakers to come to with questions and…


President Obama: Harvard Professor’s Arrest Highlights Race Inequities

by Jorge Rivas on July 23 2009, 9:27AM

President Barack Obama says police in Cambridge, Mass., acted “stupidly” this week when they arrested Harvard University professor Henry Louis Gates. Last night, the final question at President Obama’s live prime time news conference wasn’t about his healthcare proposal,…


North Korea & U.S. Negotiating Return Ling & Lee

by Jorge Rivas on July 21 2009, 12:16PM

Video via Chicago’s Asian American Network (AAN). Quick update on a story we previously covered. South Korean newspaper Chosun Ilbo is reporting that the “U.S. and North Korea have started delicate negotiations” for the safe return of Current TV…


Lawyer’s Statement on the Arrest of Henry Louis Gates Jr.

by Jorge Rivas on July 21 2009, 8:20AM

In a statement released last night, Rev. Al Sharpton called Henry Louis Gates Jr’s arrest “an outrage of no small implication… I have heard of driving while Black and even shopping while Black, but now even going to your…


BREAKING: Top Black Scholar Gates Arrested in Massachusetts

by Jorge Rivas on July 20 2009, 2:27PM

Associated Press is reporting: "Henry Louis Gates Jr., the nation’s pre-eminent black scholar, is accusing Cambridge police of racism after he was arrested while trying to force open the locked front door of his home near Harvard University."…


On Sonia Sotomayor: Words from ‘Wise Latinas’

by Jorge Rivas on July 20 2009, 7:37AM

The LA Times asked several successful Latinas to “assess” Sonia Sotomayor and the way Senators treated her during the Judicial Committee nominations hearings last week. All the woman surveyed had very poignant observations but I thought Josefina Lopez, author…


University of California Regents Vote to Give Honorary Degrees to Interned Japanese American Students

by Jorge Rivas on July 17 2009, 10:38AM

Yesterday the University of California Board of Regents voted to grant special honorary degrees to hundreds of men and women forced to leave their studies at the University of California as a result of the internment of people of Japanese…

Topics: History

Live Webcast of NAACP Centennial Convention Available

by Jorge Rivas on July 13 2009, 4:28AM

An estimated 5,000 members of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) are meeting in New York for their yearly convention. The NAACP Convention will set the stage for its programs and legislative agenda for the next…


“Whites Only” Pool in 2009? Condemn Discrimination at the Valley Club

by Jorge Rivas on July 10 2009, 12:20PM

via Color of Change Condemn discrimination at the Valley Club and ask the DOJ to enforce civil rights laws Sixty-five children from a largely Black summer camp in Philadelphia were turned away from a swimming club in the suburbs…


Schools Are Safer Without Metal Detectors and Harsh Discipline

by Jorge Rivas on July 9 2009, 10:25AM

The NYCLU, the Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University, and Make the Road New York have released a report arguing that schools can create a safer environment without metal detectors and harsh discipline. The report, “Safety with Dignity:…


How Racism Works

by Jorge Rivas on July 8 2009, 10:10AM

ARC’s very own Rinku Sen is participating in a discussion about a new book on the white nationalist movement over at Talking Point Memo. The discussion was sparked by Leonard Zeskind’s new book titled “Blood and Politics — The…


Support for Los Angeles Gang Activist Alex Sanchez

by Jorge Rivas on July 7 2009, 12:27PM

via La Plaza @ LA Times Alex Sanchez, the nationally known anti-gang activist who was arrested last month on federal charges of racketeering and conspiracy, is gaining support from “clergy, professors, lawyers, community organizers and youths from Latino, black…


Honduras Action: Clinton to Meet with Zelaya Today; Tell Obama Cut Aid to Illegal Honduras Government

by Jorge Rivas on July 7 2009, 11:54AM

via Cispes Call the State Department to demand that the Obama administration comply with U.S. law by immediately suspending aid to the de facto government of Honduras. Secretary of State Hilary Clinton to meet with Zelaya TODAY - CALL Clinton’s…


Student Voices on the High School Exam

by Jorge Rivas on July 6 2009, 12:42PM

New America Media asked a few young people in California for their thoughts on the controversial California high school exit exam (CAHSEE). Monica Carlos, 23, says: “It has been five months since I took the last CAHSEE math test. For…


Bank of America is Accused of Exploiting Latino Immigrant Customers

by Jorge Rivas on July 1 2009, 10:13AM

The LA Times published an article yesterday that looks in to reports from Ex-employees that say working-class and immigrant clients are urged to sign up for multiple services that carry high interest rates and fees. Gabby Ornelas, a former…


Vibe Magazine To Cease Publication

by Jorge Rivas on July 1 2009, 10:05AM

Vibe, the popular hip-hop and urban culture magazine founded by legendary producer Quincy Jones, is shutting down….


Online Town Hall Meeting on Health Care Reform with President Obama and You

by Jorge Rivas on July 1 2009, 9:35AM

President Obama made a call for youtube users to submit questions on health care reform and take part in an ongoing online discussion. In less than an hour President Obama will answer some of the most popular questions submitted…

Topics: Health

Sixty-two Percent say Sotomayor Should be Confirmed to Supreme Court

by Jorge Rivas on June 29 2009, 7:53AM

via Think Progress A new Washington Post/ABC News poll out today asked respondents if the Senate “should or should not confirm” Judge Sonia Sotomayor’s nomination to the Supreme Court. Sixty-two percent said that the Senate “should” confirm her — the…


“Without Blacks’ Sacrifice, Latinos Would be 30 Years Behind in the Fight for Civil Rights”

by Jorge Rivas on June 22 2009, 9:55AM

Hector Tobar, one of the few columnists of color left at the Los Angeles Times, says “Without Blacks’ sacrifice, Latinos would be 30 years behind in the fight for civil rights.” What do you think? In “”For Latinos and…