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Making Room for Racial Justice in the People Power Exploding Around Us

Making Room for Racial Justice in the People Power Exploding Around Us

by Rinku Sen on October 5 2011, 12:00PM

Bringing our movements together is key to re-conceiving the American Dream.

Topics: Movement Notes, Politics

Wanna Make Troy Davis the Last Death Penalty Victim? Here's How to Start

Wanna Make Troy Davis the Last Death Penalty Victim? Here’s How to Start

by Rinku Sen on September 22 2011, 11:58AM

As people across the globe mourn the death of Troy Davis, it’s time to recognize and support groups that are working to abolish capital punishment.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Movement Notes

View from Arizona: A Look at Operation Streamline

View from Arizona: A Look at Operation Streamline

by Rinku Sen on September 15 2011, 9:24AM

It’s a program that speeds immigrants through deportation proceedings. And this week, a group of artists and activists got a firsthand look.

Topics: Movement Notes

The 9/11 Story I Choose to Tell: We All Belong to Each Other

The 9/11 Story I Choose to Tell: We All Belong to Each Other

by Rinku Sen on September 7 2011, 9:18AM

I can’t call myself a person who values inclusion and compassion and then pick and choose those whom I accept. I can disagree, but I can’t disown. Not if I want to help build a nation that constructs rather than destroys, that frees rather than enslaves.

Topics: 9/11 Anniv., Immigration, Movement Notes, National Security

'The Help' Today Still Don't Have Rights, Actually Play

‘The Help’ Today Still Don’t Have Rights, Actually

by Rinku Sen on August 11 2011, 11:23AM

Fifty years after the Jim Crow era in which this much-discussed film is set, the largely immigrant women taking care of rich people’s families remain ignored by most labor protections.

Topics: Movement Notes, The Help

Real Diversity Looks Like Inclusion

Real Diversity Looks Like Inclusion

by Rinku Sen on August 9 2011, 9:45AM

Here are three ways to tell that your organization has done more than just count off some colored and gendered faces to meet a diversity requirement.

Topics: Movement Notes

Wal-Mart Gets a Free Pass For Bias From the Supreme Court

Wal-Mart Gets a Free Pass For Bias From the Supreme Court

by Rinku Sen on June 21 2011, 9:57AM

The court doesn’t challenge the fact that bias exists, it just refuses to hold the company accountable, as long as the rules for bigotry are unwritten.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, Movement Notes, Wal-Mart

An Open Address to 2011 Graduates: It's OK to Follow, Say No and Get Hurt

An Open Address to 2011 Graduates: It’s OK to Follow, Say No and Get Hurt

by Rinku Sen on June 20 2011, 9:43AM

Go forth as joiners, says Rinku Sen, with the clarity that lets you say no on the way to yes, and with an open heart.

Topics: Graduates, Movement Notes, Schools & Youth

What the President Left Out of His Immigration Reform Speech

What the President Left Out of His Immigration Reform Speech

by Rinku Sen on May 11 2011, 4:00PM

He made the economic argument, and rightly called Republicans out. But he mentioned neither the power he’s abdicating nor the racial anxieties that define the fight.

Topics: Immigration, Movement Notes

The Purpose of Political Capital: Three Agenda Items for Obama

The Purpose of Political Capital: Three Agenda Items for Obama

by Rinku Sen on May 5 2011, 9:19AM

We can no longer argue Obama is trapped by Bush’s mistakes, says Rinku Sen. He’s slain the enemy and now it’s time to clean up the mess at home.

Topics: Movement Notes, Osama Bin Laden, Politics

May Day Rallies Reveal America's True Self--Its Promise and Its Fear

May Day Rallies Reveal America’s True Self—Its Promise and Its Fear

by Rinku Sen on April 28 2011, 10:03AM

Several hundred thousand very diverse people will assert their Americanness on Sunday. Rinku Sen explains why a few loud voices will freak out as a result.

Topics: Immigration, Movement Notes

The Complexities of Sex Trafficking, and Some Simple Solutions

The Complexities of Sex Trafficking, and Some Simple Solutions

by Rinku Sen on April 20 2011, 4:06PM

Rachel Lloyd’s new book “Girls Like Us” offers a gripping window into an often overwhelming topic, and guides the way to structural reforms.

Topics: Movement Notes

A Note on Whitewashing, and Honest Storytelling

A Note on Whitewashing, and Honest Storytelling

by Rinku Sen on April 12 2011, 10:23AM

A 2004 essay by science fiction legend Ursula K. Le Guin is required reading for this discussion.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Movement Notes

Arizona Students Are Teaching Us How To Fight Back Photo

Arizona Students Are Teaching Us How To Fight Back

by Rinku Sen on April 8 2011, 10:52AM

Don’t go to Arizona looking for beat-down brown people. Young people are full of creative opposition and practical solutions.

Topics: Immigration, Movement Notes

Join Us at the National Conference for Media Reform

Join Us at the National Conference for Media Reform

by Rinku Sen on April 5 2011, 4:06PM

We’re joining thousands of people in the fight for media reform in Boston this weekend. Come join us.

Topics: Movement Notes, NCMR 2011

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder's Financial Martial Law on Poor Cities

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder’s Financial Martial Law on Poor Cities

by Rinku Sen on March 25 2011, 10:11AM

The state’s GOP shows Wisconsin how to truly steal from workers and give to corporate power.

Topics: Detroit Schools, Economy, Movement Notes

An (Immortal) Women's History Month Reading List

An (Immortal) Women’s History Month Reading List

by Rinku Sen on March 18 2011, 10:36AM

I love books, and here are three of my favorites for March reading.

Topics: History, Movement Notes

A Human Touch Pulled the Curtain on Peter King's Anti-Muslim Theater

A Human Touch Pulled the Curtain on Peter King’s Anti-Muslim Theater

by Rinku Sen on March 15 2011, 11:03AM

The lesson of last week is clear: Showing our humanity is the best response to Muslim bashing.

Topics: Movement Notes

People I Love: South Asian Women Who Make Change

People I Love: South Asian Women Who Make Change

by Rinku Sen on March 9 2011, 11:01AM

These political trendsetters are helping to lead the call for racial, economic and gender justice.

Topics: Movement Notes

A Few of My Favorite Things: 'The Good Wife'

A Few of My Favorite Things: ‘The Good Wife’

by Rinku Sen on March 1 2011, 10:08AM

Because life can’t be all about doing stuff—sometimes, you gotta just indulge great TV.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Movement Notes

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