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.

Check out Jorge's media appearances here.

Follow Jorge on Twitter at @thisisjorge.

Climate Justice at the Intersections

by Jorge Rivas on April 10 2009, 11:33AM

via Feministing There are so many incredible people doing activism these days about climate change. I’m especially excited about those acting at the intersections of racism, classism, health issues, and the environment, like Van Jones and Majora Carter. Check out…


LA Times Sells Ad Space on Front Page

by Jorge Rivas on April 9 2009, 11:05AM

Everyone is making a big deal about the LA Times selling ad space promoting a tv show on the front page. A few months ago this wouldn’t have been acceptable but as newspapers across the country begin to crumble,…


Iowa School Administrators Get Schooled

by Jorge Rivas on April 8 2009, 1:45PM

U.S. born high school student, Lori Phanachne, has a 3.9GPA, $86k worth of college scholarships and ranks seventh in her senior class in Iowa. Because of Iowa’s english-only laws, school administrators were trying to force Lori to take a…


Compact Phone Forum: Race and Recession

by Jorge Rivas on April 8 2009, 12:56PM

Everybody’s saying that during economic crisis, we can’t ask for anything extra. Racial analysis, immigrant rights, ending discrimination, raising the minimum wage, easing unionization are all considered “extras.” Yet, the economy can’t be rebuilt in a progressive way without…

Topics: The Compact

Latinos, Blacks and the Criminal Justice System: Low Confidence, High Exposure

by Jorge Rivas on April 8 2009, 9:01AM

The Pew Research Center has released a survey that sampled confidence levels of Blacks, Latinos and whites have on the Criminal Justice System. Six-in-ten (61%) Hispanics say they have a great deal or a fair amount of confidence that the…

Topics: Criminal Justice

Illinois Latinos, Blacks Experiencing High Health Disparities

by Jorge Rivas on April 8 2009, 8:54AM

via New America Media CHICAGO — More than half the whites in Illinois consider themselves in excellent health, compared with 42.9% of African Americans and only 28.4% of Latinos. Meanwhile, 84.7% of whites have a primary health provider, compared with…

Topics: Health

Fifty Years Later, Black Girls Still Prefer White Dolls

by Jorge Rivas on April 7 2009, 10:42AM

Last week, ABC’s Good Morning America (GMA) brought back the famous doll experiments by sociologist Kenneth and Mamie Clark. Originally conducted the 1940s, the “doll experiments” studied Black school aged children’s attitudes about race by giving them identical white…


New Prison and Jail Figures Show Record Incarceration, Bureau of Justice Statistics Reports

by Jorge Rivas on April 6 2009, 7:03AM

via The Sentencing Project: The U.S. prison and jail population has reached a record high exceeding 2.3 million people, according to a new report by the Bureau of Justice Statistics. An analysis of the new data by The Sentencing Project…


Michelle Obama’s Favorability Rating Tops the President’s

by Jorge Rivas on April 3 2009, 12:55PM

This isn’t really news, but it’s Friday. Michelle Obama just keeps on getting better and better. You have to watch the whole video above. Are you elated also? Apparently, the Queen of England and I are not the only…


Breaking News: Gunman Opens Fire in Immigration Services Center

by Jorge Rivas on April 3 2009, 12:26PM

Visit for Breaking News, World News, and News about the Economy via: NY Times Twelve or 13 people were killed when a gunman opened fire in an immigration services center in Binghamton, N.Y., Gov. David A. Paterson said Friday….

Topics: News Items

Listen to Compact for Racial Justice Forum Call - Race & Civil Rights [AUDIO]

by Jorge Rivas on April 1 2009, 2:39PM

If you missed yesterday’s Racial Justice Forum call on “Race & Civil Rights” you can listen to or download a recording below. Dowload MP3 A special thank you to yesterday’s presenters: • Hilary Shelton, Vice President of Policy and Advocacy…

Topics: The Compact, Video & Multimedia

¡Feliz Cumpleaños, César Chávez!

by Jorge Rivas on March 31 2009, 6:56AM

Ann Street Elementary School, in Downtown Los Angeles, pays tribute to Cesar Chavez through a photo montage by the students. The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) is the second largest public school system in the United States and…


Latino Hate Crimes Rising, What Would You Do? [VIDEO]

by Jorge Rivas on March 27 2009, 3:39PM

ABC correspondent John Quiñones has been one of a handful of Latinos reporting for the network’s most popular primetime news shows. He’s covered the Contra War in Nicaragua, civil war in El Salvador, and the U.S. invasion of Panama….

Topics: Immigration, Video & Multimedia

Rinku Sen Guest on Our Common Ground

by Jorge Rivas on March 26 2009, 8:55AM

Rinku Sen, Applied Research Center Executive Director and author of The Accidental American, will be a guest on urban progressive talk radio show Our Common Ground tonight. She’ll be discussing her latest book, The Accidental American and ARC’s Compact…


Compact for Racial Justice Forum Call - Race & Civil Rights

by Jorge Rivas on March 25 2009, 9:40AM

Dial in to the bi-weekly series of conference calls hosted by the Applied Research Center What does the protection and expansion of civil rights during the Obama era look like? Find out Tuesday, March 31st. RSVP for Tuesday, March…

Topics: The Compact

Obama Finally Talks About Immigration [VIDEO]

by Jorge Rivas on March 19 2009, 2:46PM

When Barack Obama was a candidate for president he often mentioned securing U.S. borders, bringing people out of the shadows and improving the immigration system, but since his election we’ve heard very little about his plans for immigration reform….

Topics: Immigration

Magic Johnson Pitches for Predator Jackson Hewitt [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on March 19 2009, 1:30PM

Magic Johnson is appearing in an advertising campaign throughout the 2009 tax season for Jackson Hewitt, the franchise tax preparer notorious for preying on low-income people. Kimberly S. Jones of the California Reinvestment Coalition has written a piece over…

Topics: Economy

Listen to Compact for Racial Justice Forum Call - Race & Immigration [AUDIO]

by Jorge Rivas on March 17 2009, 4:08PM

If you missed today’s Racial Justice Forum call on “Race and Immigration” you can listen to or download a recording below. Dowload MP3 A special thank you to today’s presenters, you can find links to their organizations and additional resources…

Topics: Immigration, Video & Multimedia

Use the Race Lens to Scrutinize Financial Products

by Jorge Rivas on March 16 2009, 12:37PM

by Jose Garcia, via Open Left Democratic lawmakers in Congress last week introduced legislation to create a Financial Product Safety Commission to ensure that mortgages, credit cards and retirement accounts do not pose unacceptable risks to consumers. Such a move…

Topics: Economy

Be Part of the Conversation: Race and Immigration

by Jorge Rivas on March 13 2009, 12:33PM

The president and Executive Director of the Applied Research Center (ARC) and the publisher of ColorLines magazine, Rinku Sen argues that the public debate around immigration issues limits our ability to craft just, proactive solutions. Join Rinku Sen and an…

Topics: Immigration