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Debbie Almontaser stands against division, intimidation and hatred

by on October 16 2007, 5:56PM

At 5pm on Tuesday Debbie Almontaser appeared on the New York City Hall steps with grace and courage as she responded publicly for the first time since she was victim to a torrent of anti-Arab/Muslim racism. Almontaser, who was the…

Topics: Schools & Youth

These are Lives We are Talking About

by on October 9 2007, 11:34AM

While sleepily drinking my requisite cup of coffee one morning last week I overheard one of my roommates commenting that he “can’t believe how messed up this torture s**t is”. He was referring to the New York Times lead story…


Blackwater and Privatization

by on October 5 2007, 9:44AM

I was thinking of hiring a Blackwater security guard. I thought it might be nice to have a mercenary at my front door, just in case. The story about Blackwater USA is this absurd. Unfortunately, Blackwater is not in a…


Police Brutality Strikes Fifth Anniversary of Sylvia Rivera Law Project

by on September 27 2007, 9:01AM

The NYPD hits again with another racist incident. This time they have targeted members of the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, a racial and gender justice organization that has been a trailblazer in battling at the intersections of race and gender…


“The Euphemization of Race”

by on September 19 2007, 11:47AM

‘Don’t call it that’ is the line when it comes to race and policy. Last weekend I strolled over to Berkeley campus to attend a couple sessions at a conference called “Race and the Republic”, a comparative symposium on race…


Putnam Misses the Point. There’s No Trust Without Justice.

by on September 6 2007, 3:39PM

Robert Putnam is a quintessential white liberal academic, the type known for being well meaning. In college, I became pretty good at running a pink highlighter over this type of scholarship. The main problem I saw with their work is…