New York, NY
Rinku Sen is the President and Executive Director of the Applied Research Center (ARC) and Publisher of Colorlines.com.
A leading figure in the racial justice movement for the last twenty years, Rinku has positioned ARC 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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by Rinku Sen on September 5 2008, 2:29PM
I’m overstimulated and can’t focus, so here are some disconnected (or maybe not) thoughts. Last night, my mother, the former Republican, asked me with that touch of mad in her voice, “did you hear how sarcastically Giuliani talked about community…
by Rinku Sen on August 28 2008, 1:45PM
Of América - It’s Our Soverignty, Stupid: Panel on Immigration, Economic Justice and the DNC Angry Asian Man - angry asians at the democratic national convention, part 2 Black Women in Europe - Video of Michelle at Invesco Zentronix…
by Rinku Sen on August 28 2008, 7:13AM
Yesterday, I was all about the Latinos. First, I interviewed people about the Latino vote and what the Obama campaign is doing to get it. Latinos at the convention are enthusiastic about their candidate (“Obamanos”), but there is some…
by Rinku Sen on August 27 2008, 4:23PM
I’m in the Big Tent where all the bloggers are, well those who aren’t on the convention floor. Hillary Clinton, who had garnered about 340 delegate votes by then, just moved to end the roll call vote and nominate…
by Rinku Sen on August 27 2008, 8:35AM
Yesterday I went to a panel on “The Culture Wars: the role of Race, Gender, Ethnicity, Religion and values in the Fall Campaign.” Dan Abrams of MSNBC’s Verdict moderated, and did quite a good job, and the line up included…
by Rinku Sen on August 26 2008, 12:00PM
DNC Exclusive: In music created by slaves in the 18th century, one group finds a way to address racism today.
Topics: Arts & Culture
by Rinku Sen on July 31 2008, 2:23PM
The Center for Immigration Studies has released a new report claiming that the numbers of undocumented immigrants have shrunk by as much as 11 percent, or by 1.3 million. They assert that stepped-up enforcement has encouraged many undocumented people…
by Rinku Sen on July 21 2008, 8:42AM
Editor’s Note: Rinku Sen blogged for Racewire from Austin, TX on Friday at the Netroots Nation (formerly Yearly Kos) conference. Being here arouses my fear that with media and technology having such a huge effect on politics now, groups that…
by Rinku Sen on July 7 2008, 11:47AM
En Español On this Fourth of July, I will be eating hot dogs. While I was trying to fit in as an Indian immigrant child throughout the 1970’s, they represented the quintessential American food. I begged my mother to…
by Rinku Sen on July 3 2008, 8:07AM
Stephen Colbert is my hero! On last night’s broadcast, a repeat from June 16, Colbert did the kind of thing that I almost never rely on white media figures to do. He was interviewing Kenneth Miller, who wrote a…
by Rinku Sen on July 1 2008, 7:30AM
GRITtv’s weekly media roundtable examines what the media missed and why their coverage of Obama’s move to the right reveals a much deeper misunderstanding of the candidate and his politics and perhaps of American politics in general….
by Rinku Sen on April 18 2008, 1:39PM
Earlier this week, Italians re-elected Right Wing, plastic-faced media tycoon Silvio Berlusconi as their Prime Minister after the fall of the center-left Prodi government. This is not good news for Italy’s immigrants. Quite often I hear that the European Union…
by Rinku Sen on April 9 2008, 2:10PM
I wanted to reflect on the comments that came into racewire and youtube after my post on Barack Obama’s speech on race. This is in no way an endorsement of his campaign. I don’t agree with all of Obama’s analysis…
by Rinku Sen on March 13 2008, 2:52PM
Many people are anxious about the fallout from Governor Spitzer’s problems, wondering what will happen now to the racial justice commitments he has historically supported. Organizations that work on sex traffic are mourning the loss of an important champion for…