Colorlines

Jorge Rivas

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

Jorge Rivas is multimedia editor and pop culture blogger for Colorlines.com. 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 Colorlines.com 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 Colorlines.com 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 Elle.com, Essence.com, Racialicious, The Root, Alternet, and Feministing.

Check out Jorge's media appearances here.

Follow Jorge on Twitter at @thisisjorge.

Attorney General Eric Holder Says He's Ready to Protect Voters

Attorney General Eric Holder Says He’s Ready to Protect Voters

by Jorge Rivas on December 14 2011, 11:10AM

And he’ll have to back up his words in 2012.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Group Says Lowe's Is One of 64 Companies to Pull Ads From 'All-American Muslim'

Group Says Lowe’s Is One of 64 Companies to Pull Ads From ‘All-American Muslim’

by Jorge Rivas on December 13 2011, 11:33AM

And the conservative Christian group’s got other high-profile targets, too.

Topics: Media

Antone De'Jaun Correia Writes Obituary For His Uncle, Troy Davis

Antone De’Jaun Correia Writes Obituary For His Uncle, Troy Davis

by Jorge Rivas on December 12 2011, 10:34AM

On the heels of mounting losses in his family, the brave 17-year-old publishes an obituary remembering his uncle for the wisdom and love he showed others while in prison.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Troy Davis

Black Drivers in Milwaukee are Seven Times More Likely to be Stopped by Police

Black Drivers in Milwaukee are Seven Times More Likely to be Stopped by Police

by Jorge Rivas on December 9 2011, 12:59PM

Black Milwaukee drivers are seven times more likely to be stopped by city police as a white driver. Eventhough police found contraband items in searches involving black drivers at the same rate as whites.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Bachmann: Throw Undocumented Parents on Buses, Leave Kids Crying

Bachmann: Throw Undocumented Parents on Buses, Leave Kids Crying

by Jorge Rivas on December 9 2011, 11:00AM

Michele Bachmann, who says she’ll deport every single undocumented immigrant in the U.S., told Bill O’Reilly there’s no problem if their children stay behind crying.

Topics: Immigration

New Documentary Shows Unseen Footage of Martin Luther King's Murder

New Documentary Shows Unseen Footage of Martin Luther King’s Murder

by Jorge Rivas on December 8 2011, 1:36PM

The Smithsonian has uncovered footage from the day Martin Luther King Jr. was murdered that has not been seen since it aired live on April 4, 1968.

Topics: Arts & Culture, History

Elected Officials Run and Lock Doors as Jobless Storm Capitol

Elected Officials Run and Lock Doors as Jobless Storm Capitol

by Jorge Rivas on December 8 2011, 1:04PM

Jobless demonstrators have stormed Capitol Hill this week, but are seeing (and recording) doors shut in their faces by elected officials, who must vote on an extension of unemployment benefits this month.

Topics: #Occupy, Politics

Occupy Our Homes' Day of Action Sees Progress in Oakland, Seattle

Occupy Our Homes’ Day of Action Sees Progress in Oakland, Seattle

by Jorge Rivas on December 7 2011, 3:33PM

Several banks came to the negotiating table with home occupiers in West Oakland, Seattle and San Jose, according to protesters.

Topics: #Occupy, Economy

Mumia Abu-Jamal Will No Longer Face Death Penalty

Mumia Abu-Jamal Will No Longer Face Death Penalty

by Jorge Rivas on December 7 2011, 2:53PM

But supporters are still fighting for the former Black Panther to be freed from prison.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Ex-GOP Gov's Staff Guilty in 2010 Voter Suppression Scheme

Ex-GOP Gov’s Staff Guilty in 2010 Voter Suppression Scheme

by Jorge Rivas on December 7 2011, 1:16PM

Advocates say the decision sends a clear message to politicians who might attempt to suppress voters in 2012.

Topics: Politics

Kenyans 'Occupy' Free Clinic Over Sale of HIV Meds

Kenyans ‘Occupy’ Free Clinic Over Sale of HIV Meds

by Jorge Rivas on December 7 2011, 1:10PM

The protesters say the decision to sale what they say should be free medication is putting lives at risk.

Topics: HIV/AIDS at 30, Health

NYPD Officers Post Blatantly Racist Hate Speech on Facebook

NYPD Officers Post Blatantly Racist Hate Speech on Facebook

by Jorge Rivas on December 6 2011, 2:09PM

The officers were reportedly upset at having to patrol Brooklyn’s West Indian Day Parade.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Thousands of Unemployed Workers Expected to Protest in D.C.

Thousands of Unemployed Workers Expected to Protest in D.C.

by Jorge Rivas on December 6 2011, 12:28PM

The action comes as Congress votes on extending unemployment benefits to 2.2 million unemployed workers.

Topics: #Occupy, Economy

Occupy Birmingham: Immigrant Rights Are Crucial for the 99 Percent

Occupy Birmingham: Immigrant Rights Are Crucial for the 99 Percent

by Jorge Rivas on December 5 2011, 2:45PM

Protestors marched on a detention center in Birmingham, Ala., this weekend to decry the state’s new immigration enforcement law, which critics say legalizes racial profiling, among other things. Detainees came to the window with signs expressing solidarity.

Topics: #Occupy, Immigration

Whites are Four Times More Likely to Get Presidential Pardons

Whites are Four Times More Likely to Get Presidential Pardons

by Jorge Rivas on December 5 2011, 12:41PM

ProPublica finds an overwhelming racial disparity in who gets approved and denied for presidential pardons, despite nearly identical circumstances in many applications.

Topics: Criminal Justice

New American Heritage Dictionary Defines 'Anchor Baby' as Neutral

New American Heritage Dictionary Defines ‘Anchor Baby’ as Neutral

by Jorge Rivas on December 5 2011, 11:56AM

The latest edition of New American Heritage Dictionary adds the term “anchor baby,” with a matter-of-fact definition that makes its racist assumptions into simple facts. The dictionary’s editor says they strove to be “objective” in the immigration debate.

Topics: Immigration

13 Arrested at Wall Street Protest for World AIDS Day

13 Arrested at Wall Street Protest for World AIDS Day

by Jorge Rivas on December 1 2011, 4:57PM

As the White House announced new money for domestic HIV/AIDS treatment, protestors took to the streets of New York City to link tax cuts for the rich to poor health care for people living with HIV.

Topics: HIV/AIDS at 30

Japanese Honda Employee Ticketed in Alabama for Violating HB 56

Japanese Honda Employee Ticketed in Alabama for Violating HB 56

by Jorge Rivas on December 1 2011, 12:23PM

Honda Manufacturing of Alabama announced that it would invest an additional $84 million in Alabama. They might be rethinking that now.

Topics: Immigration

Ex Philly Schools Chief Takes Heat for Unemployment Bid

Ex Philly Schools Chief Takes Heat for Unemployment Bid

by Jorge Rivas on November 30 2011, 11:43AM

Former district employees say that Arlene Ackerman doesn’t deserve another dime from the city.

Topics: Economy

Nearly All Student Arrests in NYC Public Schools Target Black and Latino Males

Nearly All Student Arrests in NYC Public Schools Target Black and Latino Males

by Jorge Rivas on November 30 2011, 11:27AM

During the summer and fall, police officers in New York City public schools made 63 arrests. All but four of them were of black or Latino students.

Topics: Schools & Youth