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Do You Know People of Color Who Lived Through the Depression?

by on March 28 2009, 11:54AM

Is this like the Great Depression? The question fascinates news makers. The Times is running stories every week about life in the Depression, comparing California’s tent cities to shantytowns and asking questions about the job prospects for young people….

Topics: Economy

$100 Million! Something is Out of Wack

by on March 14 2009, 8:20PM

“Despite being bailed out with more than $170 billion from the Treasury and Federal Reserve, the American International Group is preparing to pay about $100 million in bonuses to executives in the same business unit that brought the company to…

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What stimulus could mean if it included the formerly incarcerated

by on February 11 2009, 12:14PM

Fourteen months ago, Vincent, a slim 46-year-old Black man with a youngish face and a pressed plaid shirt, worked as a maintenance technician in Detroit. He’d been with the company for almost three months, but five days before he…

Topics: Criminal Justice

Moving the Economy Ahead

by on February 11 2009, 12:00PM

What stimulus could mean if it included the formerly incarcerated.

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It’s Time to Rethink Our Welfare Policy

by on February 4 2009, 1:31PM

Earlier this week the New York Times reported that even as many states have skyrocketing unemployment, their welfare rolls are shrinking. As a researcher for a racial justice think tank, I’ve been traveling the country collecting accounts of how this…

Topics: Politics

Moratorium Now!

by on January 27 2009, 10:49AM

As an organizer with Moratorium Now, a coalition to stop foreclosures in Michigan, Sandra Hines, a 55-year–old Black woman, is waging a battle so that nobody else will face what she has. “What I’m doing is fighting back,” she said….

Topics: Economy

Race and Recession-Traval Log 1

by on January 21 2009, 4:30PM

Race and Recession have everything to do with each other. For the next few weeks I’ll be posting from the road with stories about race and the recession. From the Pacific Northwest to the rust belt, Central Texas to Southern…

Topics: Economy

Arab Women Active in the Arts and Media

by on January 6 2009, 12:00PM

Launching the i Word Campaign

Topics: Arts & Culture

Silenced in the Classroom

by on January 6 2009, 12:00PM

It was to have been the country’s first public school teaching Arabic and English. Today, the Khalil Gibran International Academy is mired in fear and tension.

Topics: Schools & Youth

Ground Troops Enter Gaza. More Deaths. Real People. Protest.

by on January 5 2009, 1:33PM

As ground troops enter Gaza and Israel’s declared war on Hamas escalates, it is easy to imagine that this is an aberration. But the current attack on Palestinians living in Gaza is the planned, logical extension of a strategy…

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Obama’s Education Decision. A Bit of Back Story

by on December 15 2008, 8:24AM

Obama has yet to appoint an education secretary and those rising to the top of the list present starkly different visions of what education should look like. The inclusion of Linda Darling-Hammond, a Stanford professor and education expert with…

Topics: Schools & Youth

Silenced in the Classroom

by on December 3 2008, 12:00PM

It was to have been the country’s first public school teaching Arabic and English. Today, the Khalil Gibran International Academy is mired in fear and tension.

Topics: Schools & Youth

Election Snapshots from Ohio

by on November 6 2008, 7:21AM

The streets of Brooklyn and Harlem filled with faces smiling, tears born of relief and the joy of being heard streamed down their faces. I heard about them from friends who called amid the crowds and watched them on…

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Post-Election Backlash

by on November 6 2008, 6:28AM

In Lancaster, Ohio, on Monday before the election at 9pm two men dressed in camouflage pants and camouflage hats walk up to the local Obama headquarters and slow down to a stroll. One of the volunteers asks “How are ya…

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Charges Dropped for 5 Guantanamo Detainees…Maybe

by on October 21 2008, 12:52PM

When I read this morning that charges against 5 Guantanamo detainees had been dropped I felt a mix of relief and rage. Their dropped charges, which is certainly no guarantee of their release as Guantanamo continues to be a…

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One Hand Giveth- the Other Taketh Away: Release Could Mean Detention, Again

by on October 8 2008, 7:26AM

Seventeen men who have spent over 6 years detained, possibly tortured and stripped of any legal recourse in Guantanamo Bay appeared before a federal judge yesterday and were ordered released to the United States. The men have been held…

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Lose Your Mother

by on September 29 2008, 12:33PM

Last week I I went to the Brecht Forum in New York to listen to Saidiya Hartman read from her book “Lose Your Mother: A Journey Along the Atlantic Slave Route.” The book is an account of the voyage…

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Two Artists take on Race and Gender

by on September 10 2008, 2:01PM

Kehinde Wiley, 2005 Ghada Amer’s “Love Has no End” on display at the Brooklyn Museum, and Kehinde Wiley’s “The World Stage: Africa, Lagos ~ Dakar” at the Studio Museum in Harlem each ask many questions but they are both…

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NYTimes: “Disaster Industrial Complex”

by on September 3 2008, 6:57AM

Since when does the New York Times coin phrases to describe the world that echo the subtitles of Naomi Klein’s books? In a recent Times blog post, Michael Lewis wrote, “New Orleans, and the Disaster Industrial Complex (DIC) that now…

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Sami Al- Arian Released on Bond

by on September 3 2008, 6:44AM

Political Prisoner Sami Al-Arian was released on bond yesterday after spending over 5 years in immigration detention. The AP reports: A former Florida professor once accused of being a leading Palestinian terrorist was released from custody Tuesday for the first…

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