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Aura Bogado

Aura Bogado
News Editor
New York, NY

Aura Bogado is Colorlines' news editor and reporter, covering a range of issues including Native American communities, immigration and community organizing. Aura was the community journalism coordinator and an investigative reporter for Voting Rights Watch 2012, a partnership between Colorlines and The Nation to cover the attack against voting rights and the community response to it during the 2012 elections.

Aura has reported in Spanish and English from Mexico, Peru, Argentina, and the United States. Her work has been published in Mother Jones, Newsweek Argentina, AlterNet, and The Huffington Post. With the support of the Investigative Fund at The Nation Institute, she conducted an in-depth examination on the consequences of immigration enforcement by local police in Arizona.

Aura has worked as a national host and producer for the Pacifica Radio network. While there, she also coordinated a media literacy and training program for youth of color in Los Angeles with a grant from the California Technology Foundation. She was a founding member of 33+1/3 Books Collective, an independent bookstore and gallery in Los Angeles. In 2006, City Lights Books published The Other Campaign, which featured her exclusive interview with Subcomandante Marcos, his first in five years.

She earned her B.A. from Yale University, majoring in American Studies. An immigrant from South America of indigenous (Guarani) decent, she is currently based in New York, and plays son jarocho music in her spare time.

Follow Aura at @aurabogado.

Extorted, Detained and Deported

Extorted, Detained and Deported

by Aura Bogado on February 3 2014, 7:00AM

After being extorted on the job, a deported waste management worker is fighting to return to the United States—and winning.

Topics: Deportation, Immigration

Kendrick Lamar Responds to Macklemore

Kendrick Lamar Responds to Macklemore

by Aura Bogado on January 31 2014, 5:47PM

It might surprise you.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Blogs List

The One Thing Native Americans Don't Call Themselves

The One Thing Native Americans Don’t Call Themselves

by Aura Bogado on January 31 2014, 3:37PM

Hint: It’s that team name you’re thinking about.

Topics: Media, /NOW

Barneys Spring Ad Campaign Features Transgender People

Barneys Spring Ad Campaign Features Transgender People

by Aura Bogado on January 30 2014, 1:46PM

The retailer hopes the ads will elevate trans acceptance.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Student's Fight for In-State Tuition Illustrates Limits of the DACA Program

Student’s Fight for In-State Tuition Illustrates Limits of the DACA Program

by Aura Bogado on January 28 2014, 7:00AM

Contrary to popular belief Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival doesn’t guarantee in-state tuition for undocumented students.

Topics: Immigration

Michigan GOP Official: 'Herd All the Indians'

Michigan GOP Official: ‘Herd All the Indians’

by Aura Bogado on January 22 2014, 11:50AM

Turn Detroit into a reservation, “then throw in the blankets and corn,” says L. Brooks Patterson.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

You Probably Won't Like The Gap's 'MLK Event'

You Probably Won’t Like The Gap’s ‘MLK Event’

by Aura Bogado on January 16 2014, 3:55PM

One retailer is making a day about a civil rights leader a troublesome sales event.

Topics: Economy, /NOW

Filmmaker Raises Funds for 'NAMI,' a Story About Her Mother's Mourning

Filmmaker Raises Funds for ‘NAMI,’ a Story About Her Mother’s Mourning

by Aura Bogado on January 15 2014, 11:54AM

“NAMI” means waves in Japanese.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Did Incriminating Evidence End Sheriff Baca's Career?

Did Incriminating Evidence End Sheriff Baca’s Career?

by Aura Bogado on January 14 2014, 7:00AM

Sheriff Lee Baca stepped down from Los Angeles County Sheriff amid accusations of prisoner and visitor abuse in his department. Were the too much for even Baca to bear?

Topics: Criminal Justice

Amiri Baraka, 1934-2014

Amiri Baraka, 1934-2014

by Aura Bogado on January 9 2014, 4:25PM

The literary genius was 79.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Teju Cole did Something Brilliant on Twitter

Teju Cole did Something Brilliant on Twitter

by Aura Bogado on January 8 2014, 3:45PM

A short story, 140 characters at a time.

Topics: Media, /NOW

LA Sheriff Baca Resigns Amid Explosive Scandals

LA Sheriff Baca Resigns Amid Explosive Scandals

by Aura Bogado on January 7 2014, 1:22PM

The sheriff’s 15-year reign will come to an end in late January under deep scrutiny over abuse and corruption.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Undocumented Living? There's an App for That

Undocumented Living? There’s an App for That

by Aura Bogado on January 6 2014, 1:03PM

Ten Droid apps that may prove especially helpful if you’re undocumented.

Topics: Media, /NOW

Watch Zimmerman's Girlfriend Detail His Violent Abuse

Watch Zimmerman’s Girlfriend Detail His Violent Abuse

by Aura Bogado on January 3 2014, 2:57PM

“I feel like he always gets off,” says Samantha Scheibe.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

So, This is Not a Powwow

So, This is Not a Powwow

by Aura Bogado on January 3 2014, 12:31PM

And it will definitely confuse children.

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth

Whatever Happened to Comprehensive Immigration Reform? Interactive

Whatever Happened to Comprehensive Immigration Reform?

by Aura Bogado on December 18 2013, 7:00AM

Twenty thirteen was supposed to be the year for sweeping immigration reform. Here’s a step-by-step review of what did—and didn’t—happen.

Topics: Deportation, Immigration, Immigration Reform

Sonic Drive-in Sorry for 'Scalp the Redskins' Signs

Sonic Drive-in Sorry for ‘Scalp the Redskins’ Signs

by Aura Bogado on December 10 2013, 3:18PM

It wasn’t one, but two racist messages.

Topics: Media, /NOW

Native Author Gyasi Ross Talks Cultural Preservation

Native Author Gyasi Ross Talks Cultural Preservation

by Aura Bogado on December 9 2013, 10:00AM

The author of “How to Say I Love You in Indian” also shares his vision for Natives’ future

Topics: Arts & Culture

That Time Reagan Vetoed the Anti-Apartheid Act

That Time Reagan Vetoed the Anti-Apartheid Act

by Aura Bogado on December 6 2013, 11:29AM

Watch Desmond Tutu break down how wrong the president was to support South Africa’s racist regime.

Topics: History, /NOW, Politics

Mandela, in His Own Words Infographic

Mandela, in His Own Words

by Aura Bogado on December 6 2013, 8:13AM

“The struggle is my life.”

Topics: History, Mandela's Legacy