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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.

Read Rinku's full bio.

Rinku tweets at @RinkuWrites.

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

Two Votes, One Voice Against Hate in Tulsa, Oklahoma

Two Votes, One Voice Against Hate in Tulsa, Oklahoma

by Rinku Sen on November 7 2011, 9:30AM

While the state of Oklahoma certainly has its fair share of conservative policies, supporters of immigrant and LGBT rights have taken a bold stand in support of justice.

Topics: Movement

Why It's Crucial to Keep Immigrant Families Together

Why It’s Crucial to Keep Immigrant Families Together

by Rinku Sen on November 2 2011, 8:00AM

Each year, thousands of immigrant parents are ripped away from their kids. Now, it’s time for us to make a difference.

Topics: Deportation, Movement, Felipe Montes

Forget Diversity, It's About

Forget Diversity, It’s About “Occupying” Racial Inequity

by Rinku Sen on November 1 2011, 9:47AM

The Occupy movement is clearly unifying, and centralizing racial equity will help to sustain that unity. This won’t happen accidentally or automatically. It’ll take more of the difficult work that’s already underway in several local movements.

Topics: #Occupy, Politics, Movement

Occupying, Organizing and the Movements That Demand Both

Occupying, Organizing and the Movements That Demand Both

by Rinku Sen on October 19 2011, 10:23AM

It’s unlikely that anyone knows how to predict when “movement moments” will strike. But the question is how we make the most of them when they come, because you never know how close you are to freedom.

Topics: #Occupy, Movement

Making Room for Racial Justice in the People Power Exploding Around Us

Making Room for Racial Justice in the People Power Exploding Around Us

by Rinku Sen on October 5 2011, 12:00PM

Bringing our movements together is key to re-conceiving the American Dream.

Topics: #Occupy, Politics, Movement

Wanna Make Troy Davis the Last Death Penalty Victim? Here's How to Start

Wanna Make Troy Davis the Last Death Penalty Victim? Here’s How to Start

by Rinku Sen on September 22 2011, 11:58AM

As people across the globe mourn the death of Troy Davis, it’s time to recognize and support groups that are working to abolish capital punishment.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Movement

View from Arizona: A Look at Operation Streamline

View from Arizona: A Look at Operation Streamline

by Rinku Sen on September 15 2011, 9:24AM

It’s a program that speeds immigrants through deportation proceedings. And this week, a group of artists and activists got a firsthand look.

Topics: Movement

The 9/11 Story I Choose to Tell: We All Belong to Each Other

The 9/11 Story I Choose to Tell: We All Belong to Each Other

by Rinku Sen on September 7 2011, 9:18AM

I can’t call myself a person who values inclusion and compassion and then pick and choose those whom I accept. I can disagree, but I can’t disown. Not if I want to help build a nation that constructs rather than destroys, that frees rather than enslaves.

Topics: 9/11 Anniv., Coping With Terror, Immigration, National Security, Movement

'The Help' Today Still Don't Have Rights, Actually

‘The Help’ Today Still Don’t Have Rights, Actually

by Rinku Sen on August 11 2011, 11:23AM

Fifty years after the Jim Crow era in which this much-discussed film is set, the largely immigrant women taking care of rich people’s families remain ignored by most labor protections.

Topics: Movement, The Help

Real Diversity Looks Like Inclusion

Real Diversity Looks Like Inclusion

by Rinku Sen on August 9 2011, 9:45AM

Here are three ways to tell that your organization has done more than just count off some colored and gendered faces to meet a diversity requirement.

Topics: Movement

Wal-Mart Gets a Free Pass For Bias From the Supreme Court

Wal-Mart Gets a Free Pass For Bias From the Supreme Court

by Rinku Sen on June 21 2011, 9:57AM

The court doesn’t challenge the fact that bias exists, it just refuses to hold the company accountable, as long as the rules for bigotry are unwritten.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, Movement

An Open Address to 2011 Graduates: It's OK to Follow, Say No and Get Hurt

An Open Address to 2011 Graduates: It’s OK to Follow, Say No and Get Hurt

by Rinku Sen on June 20 2011, 9:43AM

Go forth as joiners, says Rinku Sen, with the clarity that lets you say no on the way to yes, and with an open heart.

Topics: Graduates, Movement, Schools & Youth

What the President Left Out of His Immigration Reform Speech

What the President Left Out of His Immigration Reform Speech

by Rinku Sen on May 11 2011, 4:00PM

He made the economic argument, and rightly called Republicans out. But he mentioned neither the power he’s abdicating nor the racial anxieties that define the fight.

Topics: Immigration, Movement

The Purpose of Political Capital: Three Agenda Items for Obama

The Purpose of Political Capital: Three Agenda Items for Obama

by Rinku Sen on May 5 2011, 9:19AM

We can no longer argue Obama is trapped by Bush’s mistakes, says Rinku Sen. He’s slain the enemy and now it’s time to clean up the mess at home.

Topics: Osama Bin Laden, Politics, Movement

May Day Rallies Reveal America's True Self--Its Promise and Its Fear

May Day Rallies Reveal America’s True Self—Its Promise and Its Fear

by Rinku Sen on April 28 2011, 10:03AM

Several hundred thousand very diverse people will assert their Americanness on Sunday. Rinku Sen explains why a few loud voices will freak out as a result.

Topics: Immigration, Movement

The Complexities of Sex Trafficking, and Some Simple Solutions

The Complexities of Sex Trafficking, and Some Simple Solutions

by Rinku Sen on April 20 2011, 4:06PM

Rachel Lloyd’s new book “Girls Like Us” offers a gripping window into an often overwhelming topic, and guides the way to structural reforms.

Topics: Movement

A Note on Whitewashing, and Honest Storytelling

A Note on Whitewashing, and Honest Storytelling

by Rinku Sen on April 12 2011, 10:23AM

A 2004 essay by science fiction legend Ursula K. Le Guin is required reading for this discussion.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Hunger Games, Movement

Arizona Students Are Teaching Us How To Fight Back Photo

Arizona Students Are Teaching Us How To Fight Back

by Rinku Sen on April 8 2011, 10:52AM

Don’t go to Arizona looking for beat-down brown people. Young people are full of creative opposition and practical solutions.

Topics: Immigration, Movement

Join Us at the National Conference for Media Reform

Join Us at the National Conference for Media Reform

by Rinku Sen on April 5 2011, 4:06PM

We’re joining thousands of people in the fight for media reform in Boston this weekend. Come join us.

Topics: NCMR 2011, Movement