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Rinku Sen

Rinku Sen
Rinku Sen Publisher
New York, NY

Rinku Sen is the President and Executive Director of Race Forward: The Center for Racial Justice Innovation and Publisher of Colorlines.com.

A leading figure in the racial justice movement for the last 20 years, Rinku has positioned Race Forward as the movement's national home for media, research and activism. She has extensive practical experience on the ground, with expertise in race, feminism, immigration, economic justice, philanthropy and community organizing. Over the course of her career, Rinku has woven together journalism and organizing to further social change.

Rinku is the Vice Chair of the Schott Foundation for Public Education, and is a Boardmember of the Philanthropic Initiative for Racial Equity. She is the Chair of the Media Consortium and sits on the boards for Restaurant Opportunities Center-United and Working America. Additionally, she is a Prime Movers fellow through the Hunt Alternatives Fund.

Rinku is a highly sought-after speaker on a broad range of racial justice topics. She is the author of The Accidental American: Immigration and Citizenship in the Age of Globalization and Stir It Up: Lessons in Community Organizing. Rinku has regular columns at Colorlines, the Huffington Post, and Jack and Jill Politics. Additionally, her commentary and work has been featured in Forbes, The San Francisco Chronicle, Market Watch, International Business Times, TomPaine.com, AlterNet, Racialicious, The Root, the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder, and the Windy City Times, among other media outlets.

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Rinku tweets at @RinkuWrites.

Immigrants Are Losing the Policy Fight. But That's Beside the Point

Immigrants Are Losing the Policy Fight. But That’s Beside the Point

by Rinku Sen on September 17 2012, 9:50AM

When reform advocates begin to win a profoundly racialized cultural fight over the nation’s identity, our politics will follow.

Topics: Immigration, Immigration Reform, Politics, Movement

You Gotta Work the Culture If You Wanna Change the Politics

You Gotta Work the Culture If You Wanna Change the Politics

by Rinku Sen on August 14 2012, 8:32AM

Rinku Sen profiles several artists and cultural organizers who’s work you can check out this summer—and at our Facing Race conference in November.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Facing Race 2012, Politics, Movement

Laughter Can Make a Movement Go Around, Too

Laughter Can Make a Movement Go Around, Too

by Rinku Sen on August 8 2012, 8:48AM

So watch Kamau Bell’s new FX show, “Totally Biased,” as it premiers tomorrow night.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Movement

Not Senseless, Not Random: The Deadly Mix of Race, Guns & Madness

Not Senseless, Not Random: The Deadly Mix of Race, Guns & Madness

by Rinku Sen on August 6 2012, 12:19PM

The horrific attack on a Sikh community in Wisconsin is but the latest sign that this nation’s xenophobia is a crisis.

Topics: Guns, Movement, Sikh Murders

I'm Here: Showing Support for Immigrant Women

I’m Here: Showing Support for Immigrant Women

by Rinku Sen on July 25 2012, 10:10AM

A new Tumblr campaign urges allies to show their support for migrant women. And you can join. Here’s how.

Topics: Immigration, Movement

Why Our Vision of America's Future Must Count People of Color's Needs

Why Our Vision of America’s Future Must Count People of Color’s Needs

by Rinku Sen on July 18 2012, 9:19AM

It would be best to build an agenda for the country based on who and what we want to be, rather than on who and what we fear.

Topics: Census, Politics, Movement

We Need Better Food. We Need Fairer Food Jobs. So Let's Get Both.

We Need Better Food. We Need Fairer Food Jobs. So Let’s Get Both.

by Rinku Sen on July 10 2012, 1:02PM

In a new report, Colorlines’ publisher asks: What could happen if the people who work to ensure good eating and those who fight for labor rights were to strategize together, and move projects that address both concerns?

Topics: Economy, Health, How We Eat, Movement

Three Groups Unite Struggles for Racial Justice and LGBT Rights

Three Groups Unite Struggles for Racial Justice and LGBT Rights

by Rinku Sen on June 12 2012, 9:45AM

We know that pitting queer people against people of color is a crass and sadly effective attempt to drive a wedge between two key constituencies. The Applied Research Center has released three new case studies of groups who are working to movements for LGBT rights and racial justice.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, LGBT Pride 2012, Movement

What Fires Young Progressives' Activism? A New Study Asks Them

What Fires Young Progressives’ Activism? A New Study Asks Them

by Rinku Sen on May 24 2012, 9:49AM

In one of the first studies involving Occupy participants, the Applied Research Center gathered young activists from multiple movements in focus groups to ask, What propels you to the political frontline?

Topics: #Occupy, Politics, Movement, Schools & Youth, Youth and Race

'Minorities'? It's Not Even Accurate. Try 'People of Color'

‘Minorities’? It’s Not Even Accurate. Try ‘People of Color’

by Rinku Sen on May 18 2012, 11:11AM

“People of color” is now commonly used far beyond political circles, as “minority” fades into the category of things that used to be true. It is past time for the media and the general public to embrace the phrase.

Topics: Census, Colorlines Press, Media, Movement

Van Jones Wants Progressives to Bring Back the Hope

Van Jones Wants Progressives to Bring Back the Hope

by Rinku Sen on April 5 2012, 9:10AM

Rinku Sen talks with the green economy pioneer about his new book, “Rebuild the Dream,” and the road ahead for the Obama generation.

Topics: Politics, Movement

Do We Need Government to Fight Discrimination?

Do We Need Government to Fight Discrimination?

by Rinku Sen on March 26 2012, 9:16AM

Rinku Sen answers the question in an essay for The Nation magazine. There is nothing inherently corrupt about government, Sen writes, and the best way to shape it for collective good is to treat it as the critical site of struggle and change that it is.

Topics: Movement

Dharun Ravi, Tyler Clementi and the Hard Work of Truly Stopping Bullies

Dharun Ravi, Tyler Clementi and the Hard Work of Truly Stopping Bullies

by Rinku Sen on March 21 2012, 9:33AM

If we really want to stop bullying, writes Rinku Sen, we can’t just do it from the back end in criminal courts. We have to affirmatively, proactively expand the rights of LGBT people, immigrants, people of color and women.

Topics: Bullying, Gender & Sexuality, Movement, Schools & Youth

Domestic Workers Use Oscar Buzz Around 'The Help' to Create Change

Domestic Workers Use Oscar Buzz Around ‘The Help’ to Create Change

by Rinku Sen on February 24 2012, 10:05AM

The film isn’t perfect, to be sure, but it offers a strategic opening to organizers fighting for domestic workers’ rights. And they’ve been smart enough to exploit it.

Topics: Oscars 2012, Movement, The Help

If You Care About Immigrant Rights, Learn Black America's History Too

If You Care About Immigrant Rights, Learn Black America’s History Too

by Rinku Sen on February 3 2012, 9:43AM

This month, our Drop the I-Word campaign is urging immigrants and their advocates to join a virtual book club discussing Isabel Wilkerson’s “The Warmth of Other Suns.”

Topics: Drop the I-Word, Movement

Film Reveals

Film Reveals “The Invisible War” on Women in Our Military

by Rinku Sen on January 26 2012, 9:49AM

A documentary premiered at Sundance that shines light on the ugly secret of rape inside the U.S. military. It’s time we all pay attention, writes Rinku Sen.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, Movement, Sundance

The Real Goal of Ariz.'s Book Banning Thought Police: Harass Latinos

The Real Goal of Ariz.’s Book Banning Thought Police: Harass Latinos

by Rinku Sen on January 20 2012, 9:20AM

To ban ethnic studies in Tucson, officials have had to warehouse Shakespeare’s “The Tempest,” along with six other books. But the messy details don’t matter. The real goal is to put Mexican Americans on the defensive about their place in the state.

Topics: Immigration, Movement, Schools & Youth

The Arc Is Bending Toward Justice. But That Doesn't Make Our Work Easier

The Arc Is Bending Toward Justice. But That Doesn’t Make Our Work Easier

by Rinku Sen on December 19 2011, 9:43AM

Quiet as it’s kept, we’re making real progress toward a just society. So next year, writes Rinku Sen, I’m keeping three imperatives: avoid triumphalism, put an explicit racial analysis front and center in national debates, and fight like hell.

Topics: 2012: What's Ahead?, Politics, Movement

Tired of Backing Biased Restaurants? Finally, a Zagat's for Racial Justice

Tired of Backing Biased Restaurants? Finally, a Zagat’s for Racial Justice

by Rinku Sen on December 1 2011, 9:59AM

Noticing that all the bussers in your favorite restaurant are Latino and all the waiters white? And that black people are nowhere to be found—unless you’re grabbing fast food? It’s not a coincidence. And now there’s a guide for

Topics: Economy, How We Eat, Movement

Join the Colorlines.com Family at Facing Race 2012 in Baltimore

Join the Colorlines.com Family at Facing Race 2012 in Baltimore

by Rinku Sen on November 16 2011, 10:29AM

Exactly one year from now, 1,000 racial justice activists will gather in Baltimore for the fourth Facing Race.

Topics: Facing Race 2012, Movement