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.

Hilda Solis Finally Secretary of Labor

by Jorge Rivas on March 13 2009, 11:32AM

Even though she was confirmed by both the Senate and House a few weeks ago, Hilda Solis officially became the Secretary of Labor this morning after she was sworn in, taking the oath-of-office. “Things like fairness in the workplace…


Van Jones, Special Adviser to Obama Administration

by Jorge Rivas on March 10 2009, 2:01PM

The Associated Press is reporting that Green for All’s Van Jone’s “will be a special adviser for green jobs, enterprise and innovation in the Obama administration.” The chairwoman of the White House Council on Environmental Quality, Nancy Sutley, said…


Rinku Sen in Immigration Debate at Brandeis

by Jorge Rivas on March 10 2009, 10:22AM

The President and Executive Director of the Applied Research Center (ARC) and the publisher of ColorLines magazine, Rinku Sen will be part of a debate tomorrow at Brandeis University. The topic for discussion is immigration, pathways to citizenship, and policy…

Topics: Immigration

Calif. Transportation Dept. to Reinstate Race-Conscious Contract Goals

by Jorge Rivas on March 9 2009, 1:10PM

via Keith Kamisugi @ Equal Justice Society The Coalition for Economic Equity (CEE) on Friday announced that after a nearly three-year hiatus, the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is poised to reinstate race-conscious goals for federally funded transportation contracts in…

Topics: Economy

Econopocalypse Bringing an End to the Immigration Boom

by Jorge Rivas on March 9 2009, 11:37AM

By Rajeev Srinivasan, New America Media via AlterNet The relatively free movement of labor across borders for the last few decades has generally had a positive impact on many countries because of the large remittances sent home by expatriates. In…

Topics: Immigration

Framing Bills With Racial Equity in Mind

by Jorge Rivas on March 6 2009, 1:57PM

Photo: Newsok, Video below. The Organizing Apprenticeship Project (OAP) in Minnesota has been working on including racial equity in legislation for years. When a bill titled “Driver’s license and identification card required to show full head and face” was…

Topics: Politics

Fashion Week and Models of Color

by Jorge Rivas on March 6 2009, 1:52PM

At the start of fashion week New York Times style writer Guy Trebay asked “Has ‘the Obama Effect’ Come to Runway Castings?”. Trebay writes “there are signs that the recent industry habits of exclusion may be undergoing a shift….


Watch Live Stream of Prop 8. Supreme Court Oral Arguments

by Jorge Rivas on March 5 2009, 10:43AM

It’s 10:45am Pacific, and the California Court Oral Arguments aren’t going so well. You can watch live court proceedings online at The California Channel. California Supreme Court Oral Arguments TOPIC: Proposition 8 - Same Sex Marriage CASE: (13) Strauss et…


A Piece of the Sky

by Jorge Rivas on March 4 2009, 4:54PM

This past February, right before the end of Black History Month, four Black women made headlines as the nation’s first all Black female flight crew. I was happy to read the headlines: “First All-Black Female Flight Crew Flies to…


Compact for Racial Justice Forum Call - Race & Health [AUDIO]

by Jorge Rivas on March 3 2009, 4:15PM

If you missed today’s Racial Justice Forum call on “Race and Health” 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 below. • Jill…

Topics: The Compact, Video & Multimedia

Don’t Forget to RSVP to this week’s Race & Health Call

by Jorge Rivas on February 27 2009, 5:00PM

Join the conference call forum for an exchange on moving a proactive health equity agenda that benefits all of us. March 3rd "Race and Health" (call at 1PM Pacific, 4PM Eastern) An affordable and accessible healthcare system is not…

Topics: Health

Rupert Murdoch Apologizes for Controversial NY Post Cartoon

by Jorge Rivas on February 24 2009, 12:12PM

The chairman of the New York Post, Rupert Murdoch, personally apologized Tuesday for the editorial cartoon that was so obviously racist and only published to create a controversy. “Today I want to personally apologize to any reader who felt…

Topics: Media

Majora Carter goes Primetime

by Jorge Rivas on February 24 2009, 11:47AM

I don’t know much about True North, besides the fact that it’s a subsidiary brand of FritoLay, but I do know that they paid top dollar to air their commercial staring Majora Carter during the Oscars on Sunday night….

Topics: Video & Multimedia

“Slumdog Millionaire”: A Hollow Message of Social Justice

by Jorge Rivas on February 23 2009, 2:40PM

By Mitu Sengupta, via AlterNet Danny Boyle’s “Slumdog Millionaire”, perhaps one of the most celebrated films in recent times, tells the rags-to-rajah story of a love-struck Indian boy, Jamal, who, with a little help from “destiny,” triumphs over his…

Topics: Media

Sherri Shepherd Gives Barbara Walters a Lesson on Racism

by Jorge Rivas on February 20 2009, 11:56AM

The View is daytime TV’s most popular TV show. The daily show opens each day with “Hot Topics,” in which the co-hosts provide commentary on the day’s headlines. Yesterday one of their hot topics was the New York Post’s…


Join Danny Glover in a reception for The Accidental American

by Jorge Rivas on February 19 2009, 3:08PM

ColorLines magazine and the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United invite you to a book reading and reception for The Accidental American: Immigration and Citizenship in the Age of Globalization and for the newly-opened Restaurant Opportunities Center of New Orleans (ROC-NOLA)….


Listen to today’s Compact for Racial Justice Forum Call - Race & Jobs

by Jorge Rivas on February 17 2009, 2:04PM

If you missed today’s Racial Justice Forum call on “Race and Jobs” you can download a recording. You can download an MP3 or stream the recording below. Download MP3 (6.4MB) A special thank you to today’s participants. You can find…

Topics: Economy

Check the Color Line - Income Report

by Jorge Rivas on February 17 2009, 12:55PM

If you have questions during the Compact for Racial Justice Phone Forum please submit your questions to…

Topics: Economy

Racial Income Gap Chronic Problem Even Before the Meltdown

by Jorge Rivas on February 17 2009, 11:37AM

The Applied Research Center has released its study, “Check the Color Line - Income Report” in conjunction with the Center for the Study of Social Policy. The report presents alarming data on persistent racial and ethnic income disparities at…

Topics: Economy

RSVP to call into the Compact for Racial Justice Forums

by Jorge Rivas on February 13 2009, 10:01AM

With nearly 600,000 US jobs lost in January, the Applied Research Center has to ask the question: Is Obama’s job’s agenda racial justice ready? The principles for racial justice must be front and center if this new economy is…

Topics: Economy