Daisy Hernandez

Daisy Hernandez
Daisy Hernández Daisy is the coeditor of Colonize This! Young Women of Today's Feminism. She's the former editor of ColorLines magazine and a former columnist with Ms. magazine. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, Newsday, the National Catholic Reporter, bitch magazine, Curve, In These Times, as well as, several anthologies. For more of her work, go to

New Obama Pick

by Daisy Hernandez on November 26 2008, 2:47PM

I just got the email that Obama’s picked Cecilia Muñoz from the National Council of La Raza to be Director of Intergovernmental Affairs. For those of you not familiar with Cecilia’s work on immigration, you can catch her story in…

Topics: Immigration

Trauma, Politics and Heroes

by Daisy Hernandez on November 25 2008, 12:00PM

A new comic book paints kids of color as superheroes with powers from Islamic knowledge.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Ward Connerly Turns to Prison Reform

by Daisy Hernandez on November 21 2008, 10:37AM

So by now you all know affirmative action was banned in Nebraska and saved in Colorado and in both cases by teeny, tiny margins. One newspaper election night reported that a mere 14,000 voters are the reason Colorado is keeping…


Remembering Our Dead

by Daisy Hernandez on November 20 2008, 2:58PM

November 20th is the national day of remembrance for transgender men and women who have been targeted and murdered because of their gender identities. I wrote a story four years ago for ColorLines about Gwen Araujo, a trans Chicana teen…


The new issue of ColorLines

by Daisy Hernandez on October 31 2008, 9:51AM

Stories from the Nov/Dec issue are online! Read Roberto Lovato’s story on what activists can learn from Obama’s web politics. Plus a look at Reagan’s legacy and the two words that could get you life in prison. Also, check out…


Before Ugly Betty, there was Josefina Lopez.

by Daisy Hernandez on October 24 2008, 11:03AM

You probably know the Chicana feminist Josefina Lopez as the writer behind the play that went on to become the hit movie Real Women Have Curves starring America Ferrera. Lopez, like her lead girl character, came to be known by…


Are you going to amputate your leg?

by Daisy Hernandez on October 9 2008, 11:42AM

I’ve had a lot of respect for Gloria Steinem’s work in the past. A lot. So I’m sad, and I admit surprised, to see how she’s gotten entangled in the “hey we have to choose between race and gender” mantra…


Absurd? Creepy? Something else?

by Daisy Hernandez on August 26 2008, 12:07PM

Topics: Video & Multimedia

What Does Latin America See of the DNC?

by Daisy Hernandez on August 26 2008, 10:52AM

I was watching CNN en Español yesterday, and if that was your only media outlet, you would think Obama didn’t have much Latino support. There was a lawyer from LULAC talking (like others) about why they supported Hillary: we…


Connerly Loses Arizona

by Daisy Hernandez on August 22 2008, 3:17PM

”> If you’re having a bad race day, here’s your moment to feel that something is right in the world. Ward Connerly and his group, the American Civil Rights Institute, targeted several states this year to put anti-affirmative action legislation…


Moms Under House Arrest

by Daisy Hernandez on August 8 2008, 3:05PM

A few weeks ago, I talked with Irma Yolanda by telephone. She’s one of the immigrant moms under house arrest now in Postville, Iowa since 900 ICE agents stormed a meatpacking plant in May and arrested nearly 400 people. The…



by Daisy Hernandez on August 8 2008, 2:02PM

Sandip Roy’s blog today was too good to keep to myself. Here it is and for more go to New America Media. I actually just tried to call the immigration office’s toll phone number 1-866-880-6344 to deport myself but guess…

Topics: Immigration

Moms Under House Arrest

by Daisy Hernandez on August 8 2008, 12:00PM

Irma is now one of 40 mothers in Postville, Iowa, raising their families under house arrest.


Newsflash: Talk About Immigration—It Works!

by Daisy Hernandez on July 9 2008, 11:34AM

I confess. I’m a sucker for pollsters. I know they’re never saying anything new or fascinating, but the sound of someone rattling off numbers that reflect a party’s political strategy that might affect the outcome in November….hooks me every…

Topics: Immigration

Forced Cycles of Migration

by Daisy Hernandez on May 13 2008, 9:13AM

This week, Racewire contributors will be liveblogging at the Transnational Assembly of Remitters and Families in Mexico City. I read about towns like Piaxtla, Mexico when I was in graduate school. These are towns that have been mostly emptied…

Topics: Global Affairs

Becoming a Black Man

by Daisy Hernandez on January 7 2008, 12:00PM

As more people of color transition between genders, the ways that racism is different for men and women come to the surface.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality

On tnews Tonight: Children Of Men

by Daisy Hernandez on November 7 2007, 4:31PM

The most chilling scene for me in Alfonso Cuarón’s 2006 film Children of Men is when Clive Owen’s character is commuting home from work. At the train station, immigrants are locked in wire cages and begging for help. ICE-like officials…

Topics: Immigration

It’s hard out here for a Black model.

by Daisy Hernandez on October 24 2007, 12:49PM

Everyone has a secret indulgence when it comes to media consumption. You know… that one thing you read or watch or tune in to even though you would be hard pressed to explain why. Or if you were pressed, you’d…


Back to School And the Racist Parties

by Daisy Hernandez on October 10 2007, 9:36AM

Remember when “back to school” was just about the sales at the mall and how you were going to handle so many credits and work full-time? Those days are so over. I was at UTAustin last week where a fraternity…

Topics: Schools & Youth

Can you iChat social change?

by Daisy Hernandez on August 10 2007, 9:57AM

This month in ColorLines Magazine, Daisy Hernandez explores media consumption habits in communities of color. **** I don’t read blogs. It feels like something I should whisper to a priest in a confessional booth. I could make the sign of…