Megan Izen

Megan Izen
Megan Izen Megan received her degree in Women's and Gender Studies and Mathematics from Sonoma State University in 2005. Megan was the Editorial Assistant for ColorLines Magazine and the Program Coordinator for Mamas & Papas, an LGBT family discussion group in San Francisco, CA. Her writing has been published by ColorLines, RaceWire, and New America Media.

Black in America Misses the ‘Why’

by Megan Izen on July 29 2008, 9:38AM

This post originally appeared on the Youth Speak South Shore blog. Black in America Misses the ‘Why’ by Stephen Gardner The cable television program “Black in America” focused on several different socio-economic issues that affect African-Americans in today’s society….


Both Ways Barack: That’s the best they could think of?

by Megan Izen on July 28 2008, 1:17PM

A conservative political group, Let Freedom Ring, was the first to air a political campaign ad on MTV last week. The ad was an attempt to reach young voters and the message was “Obama is worse than a flip-flopper,”…


Hijab or Job Says McDonald’s

by Megan Izen on July 25 2008, 10:00AM

Two Muslim women in Dearborn, Michigan filed suit against McDonald’s for not hiring them because of their hijabs. The young women were told by McDonald’s management that they had to choose between wearing their hijab or working at the…


Lettin’ the Racism Hang Out

by Megan Izen on June 9 2008, 8:21AM

My roommate wakes up every morning and scans the web for the best news of the day. By the time I wake up, she has usually pared it down to one, oh so special story, to brighten my day….


A New America

by Megan Izen on June 4 2008, 2:31PM

I’m a realist, not to be confused with a pessimist. I’m not sitting around hoping and waiting for bad things to happen, they do. Millions of kids of color don’t have health care and suffer disproportionately from diseases like…


Raids a Reminder of Historical Backlash Against Immigrants

by Megan Izen on May 30 2008, 12:34PM

I’m not “the sky is falling type” but if I were an undocumented immigrant, that’s definitely how I’d feel right about now. Immigrant communities around the country are being attacked by ICE, the criminal justice system, legislators, vigilante groups,…

Topics: Immigration

Show Us The Food!

by Megan Izen on April 5 2008, 12:26PM

The irony that my first workshop at the Dream Reborn conference in Memphis, Tennessee was “Food Justice and the Green Economy” wasn’t lost on me. I spent my first day and a half in Memphis trying to track down…


Immigrants’ ‘Fair Exchange’ With Banks Falls Short

by Megan Izen on January 9 2008, 2:32PM

With the primary presidential elections taking the top political news seat, immigration reform has been temporarily put on the back burner. But that doesn’t mean groups aren’t still fighting for the rights of millions of immigrants in the US. A…

Topics: Economy

Avoiding Race, Sarkozy Blames France Riots on ‘Thugocracy’

by Megan Izen on December 3 2007, 8:21AM

Sadly, it’s not surprising that in the aftermath of the second round of French riots in two years, President Sarkozy unabashedly reveals the deep-seeded racism that plagues France (and the rest of the world). Just a few months ago, Sarkozy…

Topics: Global Affairs

Bobby Jindal - Attack of the “Model Minority”

by Megan Izen on October 23 2007, 12:50PM

This past weekend Louisiana elected its first governor of color since Reconstruction. Unfortunately, we don’t have reason to celebrate a person of color and child of immigrants taking over the state where racism has destroyed countless lives in the…


A Conversation with Leymah Gbowee, Liberian peace activist

by Megan Izen on October 18 2007, 1:44PM

In this week’s news, we saw conflict in Eritrea building , two years of Sudan’s peace accord compromised and an imminent Turkish invasion of Iraq . While turmoil in the world persists, I sat down with Liberian peace activist Leymah…


Hill v. Thomas and Sanders v. Thomas: How much has really changed?

by Megan Izen on October 2 2007, 2:45PM

Then | Now Anita Hill | Anucha Brown Sanders “Political pawn” | “Embittered ex-employee” “Aggressive, angry, unruly behind closed doors” | “Aggressive, angry, unruly behind closed doors” Clarence Thomas | Isiah Thomas 1991 Supreme Court | 2007 Basketball Court…


Out of the Box Public Service

by Megan Izen on August 21 2007, 11:43AM

Restaurant Daniel workers Mohammed Mollik Miah, Ignacio Garcia and Jose Gomez with Councilmember Dan Garodnick, borough president Scott Stringer, and ROC representatives Rekha Eanni and Saru Jayaraman. Gomez, who thanked Garodnick on behalf of all Restaurant Daniel workers, was…


Marcia Smith - INNOVATOR

by Megan Izen on January 15 2007, 12:00PM

The Executive Director of Firelight Media on documentary filmmaking, the YouTube revolution and her new film, Jonestown.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Criminal Justice

The Young Adult Boom

by Megan Izen on November 15 2006, 12:00PM

The potential of the young adult market has not gone unnoticed by famous writers. But it’s a mixed bag for teens of color.

Topics: Schools & Youth