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Bipartisan Deal Struck on Shaky Immigration Bill

by The News on May 18 2007, 6:54AM

Since a House immigration bill was introduced in Dec. 2005 proposing that 700 miles of double-layered fencing be built along the U.S.-Mexico border, that border patrol agents be increased from 12,000, and that the Diversity Lottery Program be eliminated, the…

Topics: Immigration

Only Some Immigrants Need Apply

by The News on May 17 2007, 11:17AM

Senators are nearing a compromise on an immigration policy. And we should all be concerned. The latest immigration proposal under consideration is a “comprehensive bill” that includes a point-system which, according to a NYTimes article today, does two things: 1)…

Topics: Immigration

Jim Crow Calif. Candidate Gets Cleared

by The News on May 17 2007, 10:53AM

Former Orange County Congressional candidate Tan Nguyen sent letters to Latino immigrants warning them that if they tried voting then they’d be incarcerated or deported, according to a brief in the New York Times today. But California’s attorney’s general office…

Topics: Immigration

Racial Gap Widening Among Generations

by The News on May 17 2007, 9:51AM

We knew this already but here are some specifics: “The Census Bureau estimated yesterday that from July 1, 2005, to July 1, 2006, the nation’s minority population grew to 100.7 million from 98.3 million,” the New York Times reported Thursday….

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After Western Union Protest, Waiting

by The News on May 16 2007, 10:35AM

Last week, immigration activists rallied in New York against Western Union, a company they say takes too much in profits from immigrants sending money back home, and invests very little in immigrant communities in the states. The Nation covering the…

Topics: Immigration

MLK Daughter, Yolanda King, Dies at 51

by The News on May 16 2007, 9:06AM

(Yolanda King at closing plenary at the 2006 Out & Equal Workplace Summit) The Associated Press reported Wednesday: Yolanda King, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s eldest child who pursued her father’s dream of racial harmony through drama and…

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Are Local Colleges Keeping Eye on Race?

by The News on May 16 2007, 7:02AM

At Woodland Community College near Sacramento, Calif., Latinos make up 44 percent of the student body and 0 percent of its full-time faculty, according to a recent article. Eric Alfaro realized about a year ago that something was bothering him…

Topics: Schools & Youth

Young American Indian Arrested, Why?

by The News on May 11 2007, 2:00PM

What is really going on? AP reports: The 11-year-old boy was led from his school in handcuffs, held overnight in a juvenile detention center, and hauled into court in shackles and an orange prison jumpsuit. His crime? Missing a court…

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Another Rally Planned in L.A. after Police Attack

by The News on May 11 2007, 1:51PM

Thank God. AP reports: A week after a pro-immigration rally was broken up by police using batons and rubber bullets, activists announced plans to march again next month to refocus attention on their pleas for a path to citizenship. Rally…

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The Racism in Germany They Didn’t Cover

by The News on May 11 2007, 9:01AM

A grizzly murder of an African man by German police barely makes tnews, but some are calling it a ghost of Nazism, the Black Star News reports. This story is worth reading. Germany made some recent international headlines when it…

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Cable Networks Lock Out Women and People of Color

by The News on May 7 2007, 12:38PM

So what does CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC all have in common? Well besides shoddy coverage of communities of color, all three cable networks and several others maintain an all-white cast of hosts for its programs between 4pm and midnight,…

Topics: Media

Jamestown Anniversary, a Dose of Truth

by The News on May 3 2007, 12:09PM

The 400th anniversary weekend celebration of Jamestown, America’s first English colony, is nearing. As numerous events recount the stories of this settlement, some are working hard to uncover the lives of people that came before and that fought to survive…

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Police Brutality Dampens L.A. Rally

by The News on May 3 2007, 7:08AM

Just a day after L.A. commemorated the lives impacted by the city’s “riots” 15 years ago, the Los Angeles Police used excessive and belligerent force against immigration protesters. CBS News reported:Police Chief William J. Bratton said Wednesday some of…

Topics: Immigration

May Day Rallies: Strength in Fewer Numbers

by The News on May 1 2007, 6:53AM

L.A. immigrant rights rally, Sept. 2006. Hundreds of people in cities across America will stomp the streets in a national protest for immigrant workers’ rights and to pressure Congress to pass progressive immigration reform. With the motto: “We are…

Topics: Immigration

College Access Battle Gains Ground

by The News on April 30 2007, 8:39AM

The majority of California’s high school seniors of color will not complete the courses they need to enter California State University or the University of California system. In response, the Applied Research Center’s launched its college access advocacy week today….

Topics: Schools & Youth

L.A. Riots 15th Anniversay, Obama gets Racey

by The News on April 30 2007, 7:25AM

Presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama spoke incisively about race in America and the economic and social inequalities that spur historic events such as the L.A. riots. The Chicago Tribune reported: Invoking images of Los Angeles in flames, Illinois Sen. Barack…

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President Bush Dances, But Mis-Steps, some say

by The News on April 27 2007, 4:06PM

After revealing his anti-malaria plan at the White House for Malaria Awareness Day Wednesday, President Bush broke into a surprisingly rhythmic African dance and drum. Afterwards, ABC’s “The View” managed to turn Bush’s dance into a reasonable discussion about…

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Presidential Hopefuls to Spar at Black College

by The News on April 27 2007, 3:14PM

The first Democratic presidential debate of the 2008 season will be at a historically black college, Black America Web reported. But will the debate be historically racial justice-focused? All eight top-Democratic candidates are expected to show up next Thursday to…

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Immigration Raids Spark Early Protests

by The News on April 26 2007, 10:44AM

An immigration raid in Little Village in Illinois this week is being called one of the worst. Troopers stormed into a shopping plaza Tuesday toting guns and pointing at families of people to get down. The Chicago Tribune reported April…

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Imus, Not Even Half the Story

by The News on April 24 2007, 2:36PM

As Angry Asian Man reported, the culture of Don Imus is alive on radio and for the most part, going unchecked by mainstream activists: For instance, Power 105.1’s “Are You Smarter Than An Asian?” segment from the other week……

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