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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.

An (Immortal) Women's History Month Reading List

An (Immortal) Women’s History Month Reading List

by Rinku Sen on March 18 2011, 10:36AM

I love books, and here are three of my favorites for March reading.

Topics: History, Movement

A Human Touch Pulled the Curtain on Peter King's Anti-Muslim Theater

A Human Touch Pulled the Curtain on Peter King’s Anti-Muslim Theater

by Rinku Sen on March 15 2011, 11:03AM

The lesson of last week is clear: Showing our humanity is the best response to Muslim bashing.

Topics: Movement

People I Love: South Asian Women Who Make Change

People I Love: South Asian Women Who Make Change

by Rinku Sen on March 9 2011, 11:01AM

These political trendsetters are helping to lead the call for racial, economic and gender justice.

Topics: Movement

A Few of My Favorite Things: 'The Good Wife'

A Few of My Favorite Things: ‘The Good Wife’

by Rinku Sen on March 1 2011, 10:08AM

Because life can’t be all about doing stuff—sometimes, you gotta just indulge great TV.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Movement

Change Doesn't Come From Inside or Outside Pressure--It's Both

Change Doesn’t Come From Inside or Outside Pressure—It’s Both

by Rinku Sen on February 24 2011, 12:01PM

Pick the approach that fits your temperament and skills, and then commit to it.

Topics: Movement

Why I Support Planned Parenthood, Margaret Sanger Notwithstanding

Why I Support Planned Parenthood, Margaret Sanger Notwithstanding

by Rinku Sen on February 21 2011, 10:00AM

Organizations change. And all these years later, women of color are better off with Planned Parenthood.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, Health, Planned Parenthood, Movement

Report: Payday Lenders Swarming Black and Latino Neighborhoods

Report: Payday Lenders Swarming Black and Latino Neighborhoods

by Rinku Sen on February 17 2011, 1:40PM

Midwestern black and Latino ‘hoods have three times the number of high-priced, quick loan shops as white ones.

Topics: Movement

Don't Just Tip Your Waiter. Demand Equity for Restaurant Workers

Don’t Just Tip Your Waiter. Demand Equity for Restaurant Workers

by Rinku Sen on February 14 2011, 12:51PM

A series of reports reveal how poorly employers treat the people who will make your Valentine’s dinner so nice.

Topics: Movement

The Most Racist Campaign in Decades, and What It Demands of Us

The Most Racist Campaign in Decades, and What It Demands of Us

by Rinku Sen on October 28 2010, 10:41AM

ColorLines Publisher Rinku Sen puts the frightful past two years of political discourse in context.

Topics: Election: Now What?, Politics

Why I Don't Use the I-Word--in ANY Form

Why I Don’t Use the I-Word—in ANY Form

by Rinku Sen on October 14 2010, 3:46PM

It creates the illusion of simplicity, when that could not be further from the case.

Topics: Drop the I-Word

Join ColorLines at the 2010 Facing Race Conference

Join ColorLines at the 2010 Facing Race Conference

by Rinku Sen on September 15 2010, 3:27PM

Racial justice activists from across the country are meeting in Chicago for the largest multi-racial gathering in the country for advocates committed to change.

Topics: Facing Race 2010

This 9/11, Let's All Take Responsibility for Ending a Summer of Hate

This 9/11, Let’s All Take Responsibility for Ending a Summer of Hate

by Rinku Sen, Fekkak Mamdouh on September 9 2010, 1:45PM

A few loud voices are spewing hate, but unless the rest of us stand up and counter it they will set the tone for us all.

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Five Workplace Reforms to Fight for This Labor Day Photo

Five Workplace Reforms to Fight for This Labor Day

by Rinku Sen on September 3 2010, 1:39PM

More workers than you think don’t enjoy the protection of labor laws. A look at their jobs, and the burgeoning movements to get them rights.

Topics: Economy

Domestic Workers Lead the Way to 21st Century Labor Rights

Domestic Workers Lead the Way to 21st Century Labor Rights

by Rinku Sen on September 2 2010, 11:31AM

An historic New York victory demonstrates what today’s labor movement needs to look like.

Topics: Economy

How Breitbart Won -- and Why We Must Rethink

How Breitbart Won — and Why We Must Rethink “Racism”

by Rinku Sen on July 23 2010, 2:12PM

The lesson of Shirley Sherrod is we must stop talking about racism as a personality problem.

Topics: Media, Shirley Sherrod

A Letter to ColorLines Subscribers

A Letter to ColorLines Subscribers

by Rinku Sen on April 1 2010, 12:00PM

Learn how you can join us in relaunching ColorLines and the options for your remaining print subscription.

Topics: The NEW ColorLines

What Progressives Must Learn from the ACORN Debacle

by Rinku Sen on March 25 2010, 12:00PM

The right’s successful attack on ACORN should teach us a plain, bracing lesson: By challenging entrenched power, we make ourselves targets. Be ready to fight. 

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Welcome to ColorLines: Kai Wright

by Rinku Sen on February 11 2010, 10:18AM

I am delighted to announce that Kai Wright, writer, editor, and author of Drifting Toward Love will be joining the Applied Research Center and ColorLines as our Editorial Director. Kai has written extensively for ColorLines, and his pieces include The…

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Copenhagen and Us

by Rinku Sen on December 16 2009, 1:24PM

Originally published on The Huffington Post Negotiations have resumed in Copenhagen after a walkout by the African delegation on Monday. African governments were concerned with the lack of commitment by rich country governments to reducing their own emissions. This follows…

Topics: Economy, Environment, Global Affairs, News Items, Race and Recession

Remembering Andrea Lewis

by Rinku Sen on November 18 2009, 1:00PM

In the 1990s I was Co-Director at the Center for Third World Organizing and lucky enough for several years to have Andrea Lewis, who died of an apparent heart attack over the weekend, as my colleague. Andrea was a senior…

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