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Facing the Kool-Aid Recovery with Columbia U. Prof. Dorian Warren [VIDEO]

by Channing Kennedy on October 15 2009, 11:21AM

The AP reports that “more than 80 percent of economists believe the recession is over.” But they don’t face up to the much higher unemployment and poverty in communities of color across the US. “The last full employment program…

Topics: Economy, Video & Multimedia

Rinku Sen and Billy Parish: Young, Green, and Broke

by Rinku Sen on October 6 2009, 8:08AM

This piece was coauthored with Billy Parish of the Energy Action Coalition; it originally appeared at the Huffington Post. Last week, the Labor Department reported that youth unemployment stands at 18.2%, nearly twice the national average of 9.8%. The percentage…

Topics: Economy, Environment

The Accidental American’s Rinku Sen on our Broken Immigration Narrative, Post-9/11

by Debayani Kar on September 11 2009, 8:46AM

Moroccan-born waiter Fekkak Mamdouh’s life was thrown into turmoil after September 11th, when Windows on the World, the restaurant he worked at in the World Trade Center, was destroyed. The book about his immigrant experience in the aftermath of September…

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Rinku Sen on “Illegal”: Word is a Gateway to Racism and Exploitation [VIDEO]

by Channing Kennedy on September 10 2009, 11:12AM

Perhaps the most talked-about moment of President Obama’s address to Congress last night followed the dismissal of rumors that the new health care plan would cover ‘illegal immigrants.’ Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC) was so outraged that he yelled, from…

Topics: Immigration, Video & Multimedia

Obama’s Full Health Care Address [VIDEO]

by Channing Kennedy on September 9 2009, 6:35PM

Visit msnbc.com for Breaking News, World News, and News about the Economy Also noteworthy: House Minority Whip Eric Cantor ‘pon de Blackberry; Kennedy’s letter to Obama; Obama comes out and says ‘public option’ but leaves wiggle room; “Those who are…

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Van Jones Resigns

by Channing Kennedy on September 6 2009, 11:01AM

Van Jones, special adviser on green jobs to President Obama, has resigned. The text of his statement follows: I am resigning my post at the Council on Environmental Quality, effective today. On the eve of historic fights for health care…

Topics: Environment

Glenn Beck’s Attack On Van Jones: Fantasies & Falsehoods

by Guest Columnist on August 28 2009, 4:52PM

[Editor’s note: I’ve included Glenn Beck’s piece on Van Jones above, in case you’d like to hear a narrator say ‘green jobs’ in a scary voice. I kid, but seriously: while we might see these as the obvious falsehoods…

Topics: Economy, Media

30% Unemployment, Pre-Recession: Immigrant Communities Need Real Recovery [VIDEO]

by Seth Freed Wessler on August 26 2009, 1:29PM

Crossposted at Huffington Post. Last week, the world’s central bankers got together for a little strategy session in Colorado, and declared that the recovery is on its way. This is the way it works with recessions. They ravage the world,…

Topics: Economy, Immigration, Video & Multimedia

The Record-Breaking Great Recession: Food Stamps Edition

by Julianne Hing on August 25 2009, 4:18PM

Click detail to see full image. We all know the job cuts and housing losses in this recession keep reaching new and scarier heights. But check out the numbers of people receiving food stamps these days, via a new…

Topics: Health

Open Books: Progressive Book Club Interview with Rinku Sen [VIDEO]

by Jorge Rivas on August 18 2009, 12:20PM

The Progressive Book Club has started a video series, Open Books, in which they ask “PBC authors to tell us about the books they love.” This week, Rinku Sen, ARC’s Executive Director and co-author of The Accidental American, recommends…

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Schwarzenegger’s Blockbuster Budget Cuts Terminate the Safety Net [VIDEO]

by Channing Kennedy on August 13 2009, 9:37AM

When financial crisis hit, the California legislature didn’t raise taxes, end tax giveaways, or cut corporate welfare. Instead, they cut services to the people made most vulnerable by the recession — children, the elderly, the sick, victims of domestic…

Topics: Economy, Politics, Schools & Youth, Video & Multimedia

Secretary Duncan’s Proposed School Restructuring Smacks of Dressed-up Discrimination [VIDEO]

by Terry Keleher on July 15 2009, 9:31AM

Borrowing from his playbook at the Chicago Public Schools, U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan wants to go national with his school “turnaround” model, First, you fire the entire staff—from teachers to kitchen workers and janitors—at neighborhood schools, typically in…

Topics: Schools & Youth

RaceWire Allies Liveblogging Sotomayor Hearings [VIDEO]

by Channing Kennedy on July 13 2009, 10:33AM

Hoo boy! Judge Sonia Sotomayor’s Supreme Court confirmation hearings kicked off this morning, and like RaceWire’s Debayani Kar said earlier, this thing is going to be lousy with clumsy conservative race and gender politics. Not to mention a foregone…

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Republican Witnesses Against Sotomayor Include Arab-American Internment Endorser

by Debayani Kar on July 9 2009, 7:26PM

The Senate Judiciary Committee today released the witness list called by Democrats and Republicans for next week’s confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor. The Republican-picked lineup is disappointingly unsurprising, especially when given that the committee’s ranking member, Sen….

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Sikh Students Speak Out: “We Want Safe Schools Now!”

by Julianne Hing on July 8 2009, 1:35PM

I’m both excited and a little disheartened to share the latest news from the Sikh Coalition’s New York office. The community org released a new report with findings that show that one year into a 2008 resolution announced by New…

Topics: Politics, Schools & Youth

The Recovery Act Fights Reagan’s Job Training Agenda

by Guest Columnist on July 6 2009, 2:02PM

by Jonathan Yee Need a job? Well, the National Recovery Act has created a great deal of excitement for green jobs and their potential to save the environment and create jobs for low income communities; for example, Oakland’s Green Jobs…

Topics: Economy

Why Deport Formerly Incarcerated Immigrants? Is the System Broken?

by Seth Freed Wessler on June 15 2009, 11:32AM

ColorLines magazine is in Jamaica this week investigating the devastating effect of American deportation policies on families. Check back for more updates soon. Christopher Johnson, 38, was deported from Washington, DC to Jamaica six weeks ago, after he finished…

Topics: Criminal Justice, Immigration

Sotomayor ‘Gotchas’ Would Clear the Bench [VIDEO]

by Channing Kennedy on June 4 2009, 11:54AM

Tammy Johnson teases the criticisms of Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor’s statement on Latina empathy and the role of the courts. By the same ‘gotcha’ logic, Tammy would fire Alito and Scalia… and she’s just getting started….

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SCOTUS and identity politics: Newyorkricans vs. wise white men

by Michelle Chen on May 22 2009, 9:02PM

The crusade for colorblindness has gained momentum in the media scrutiny of Sonia Sotomayor, a reported front-runner for the Supreme Court, and a self-proclaimed Newyorkrican. Amidst tense disputes over Sotomayor’s qualifications and ideological leanings, Stuart Taylor’s latest National Journal…

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Twenty Years Later: James Baldwin’s America Hasn’t Changed

by Kai Wright on December 6 2007, 8:50AM

by Kai Wright Author and essayist James Baldwin died 20 years ago on Dec. 1. Baldwin’s biographer and close friend, David Leeming, called his essays “prophetic,” as they articulated an eerily clear-eyed view of America’s peril at the hands of…

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