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.

RaceWire builds on success thanks to Jonathan Adams

by Jorge Rivas on February 6 2009, 4:48PM

For the last year and half, you got to know Jonathan Adams here through RaceWire. He brought you the headlines that often go unnoticed; armed us with the latest immigration, economic, and pop culture news; and held it down during…


Post Raid

by Jorge Rivas on February 5 2009, 2:34PM

On the morning of May 12, 2008, Postville, Iowa experienced the largest single workplace raid in US history to date. When U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) arrived and detained 389 workers, the town lost nearly 20 percent of its…

Topics: Immigration

Compact for Racial Justice Forums

by Jorge Rivas on February 3 2009, 4:02PM

If you missed today’s Racial Justice Forum call on “Race and the Economy” you can download a recording. You can download an MP3 or stream the recording below. Download MP3 (9MB) A special thank you to today’s participants. Below you…

Topics: Economy

The Importance of Racial Impact Statements

by Jorge Rivas on February 2 2009, 2:47PM

A racial impact statement is an examination of the likely impacts of a policy proposal in order to minimize disparities and foster racial equity and inclusion. Ashley Nellis is one of the writers of the Criminal Justice paper in…

Topics: The Compact

Call into the Compact for Racial Justice Forums

by Jorge Rivas on February 2 2009, 1:04PM

The Applied Research is hosting a bi-weekly series of conference calls. Justice advocates on the Compact Forum calls will track the first 100 days of the Obama administration and shape plans to influence policy affecting racial justice.

Topics: Economy, The Compact

Suit Up in the Name of Workers

by Jorge Rivas on January 27 2009, 10:38AM

President Obama was inaugurated in a suit made by Illinois’ HartSchaffner & Marx in a unionized shop. The next American president might not have that same opportunity as Hartmarx corp, HSM’s parent company, filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy. That…


Art for Change

by Jorge Rivas on January 26 2009, 10:07AM

Artist Tatyana Fazlalizadeh’s “Is he Black Enough” entry for the Manifest Hope show. The MANIFESTHOPE: DC art show offered artists and activists from across the U.S. the opportunity to submit artwork in an online contest and if selected, have…

Topics: Media

More Photos from the Inauguration

by Jorge Rivas on January 23 2009, 2:38PM

I’m back from cold D.C. and finally uploading pictures from Inauguration Events. Above is a is a set from the Opening Ceremony “We are One.”…


Hey Top Chef fans

by Jorge Rivas on December 12 2008, 5:25PM

All you Top Chef fans should read The Accidental American. In the book, Rinku Sen writes about unfair labor practices in the New York high end restaurant scene. And it seems like this story is coming right out of…


Prop 8 Passes

by Jorge Rivas on November 7 2008, 5:45AM

Racewire contributors tjohnson and Jorge Rivas diavlog on the passing of California’s Proposition 8 and the notion that communities of color are to blame for the loss….


Voter Suppression in 2008 Presidential Election

by Jorge Rivas on November 6 2008, 2:28PM

Voter suppression made headlines weeks before November 4th this year. One of the biggest stories was allegations that ACORN had committed voter registration fraud, and the cable news networks dragged it out for weeks. Although we’ve seen reports of…


Could you pass the new citizenship test?

by Jorge Rivas on October 1 2008, 3:20PM

By 1993, I was a 4th grader with limited English, but I could tell you what the Constitution is and how many amendments there are to the constitution. A few years earlier, my mother was the first in our…

Topics: Immigration

Designers Casting More Models of Color at NY Fashion Week?

by Jorge Rivas on September 11 2008, 11:39AM

COACD TV: HOLLIS, NEW YORK MODELS from Douglas Perrett on Vimeo. check it. This is wakeema hollis, 24, a model originally from Memphis, Tennessee. She’s seeing more models of color, but says there are still not enough. Fashion week…


TIGRA Wins Reinvestment of Immigrants’ Remittances

by Jorge Rivas on May 7 2008, 9:56AM

Yesterday, Transnational Institute for Grassroots Research and Action (TIGRA) announced an agreement with Dallas-based money transfer company, Virtual Money Inc., that will lead to new standards for the industry. The agreement guarantees: (1) fair prices of at least 20% lower…

Topics: Economy

Radar Magazine and Race

by Jorge Rivas on October 22 2007, 3:53PM

Radar Magazine, an American online and print publication that features a mix of entertainment, fashion, politics, released this statement on the cover above: “Candidates have become as manufactured as movie stars: coached on every aspect of their dress and…

Topics: Media

Black New Orleans Fights to Return Home

by Jorge Rivas on August 22 2007, 3:13PM

The road home for Black residents of New Orleans has been a long one blocked by government neglect. Watch this short video by the Applied Research Center to learn more about those fighting to reclaim public housing 3 years…


The Right to Return: Tracie Washington

by Jorge Rivas on May 30 2007, 12:00PM

Tracie Washingotn of the NAACP Gulf Coast Advocacy Center talks to COLORLINES about race and right to return to public housing in New Orleans.

Topics: Hurricane Katrina

ELVIRA ARELLANO: A Multimedia Feature

by Jorge Rivas on January 29 2007, 12:00PM

Arellano took sanctuary in a Chicago church and ignited a debate on the rights of immigrant families.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Who Could Forget Those Sony Ads?

by Jorge Rivas on August 28 2006, 9:19AM

Remember this crazy Sony ad from a few months back? The ads graced the streets of Amsterdam and the Dutch PSP site promoting the upcoming white Portable Sony Playstation (PSP) with a racially charged image of a white woman,…