TLC PoliticalBEAT #9: Rick Perry, 9/11 Civil Rights, Redistricting Woes and Female Prisoners on the Rise
This week on TLC PoliticalBEAT: Islamophobia and discrimination still high after 9/11, Racism a factor in Hurricane Irene coverage, ‘No Child’ leaves behind record numbers of students of color, China sees a rise in the number of female prisoners, and GOP candidate Rick Perry bad for Latino voters.
"With the 10th anniversary of 9/11 approaching, dozens gathered at the Mountain View Senior Center for a legislative hearing about continued discrimination against Muslim, Arab, Sikh and South Asian communities, and to collaborate on potential legislative solutions. Panelists ranging from high school students to senior citizens told heart-wrenching stories of harassment they face constantly at school, work, airports and even their homes.”
"It’s not everyday that we experience what is to be one of the storm of the century. One thing we can always remember though in the American media is that no matter what the problem we can always count race to play some factor in the way stories are portrayed."
"New political maps threaten to cost California political clout in Washington by placing Dreier’s San Dimas home in inhospitable territory for a Republican and robbing some of the state’s other senior House members of their job security."
"Nearly a decade after Congress enacted the No Child Left Behind Act, a sweeping mandate to ramp up standards and accountability in the nation’s public schools, more than a third of black, Latino and Native American students in Minneapolis public schools don’t graduate, records show."
"August 2011 was the scene of some of the most callous acts of crime where rioters and looters caused havoc in some of the key cities of England. The cost of the damage and destruction to communities was immense. Especially, for British Asian businesses in Birmingham who were targets during the incidents."
“Retired businesswoman-cum-rights activist Wang Lihong (王荔蕻) was tried on charges of creating a serious disturbance on August 12. She was previously detained for celebrating Liu Xiaobo’s Nobel Peace Prize. Former lawyer and housing activist Ni Yulan (倪玉兰) was detained for creating a serious disturbance in April and issued a new indictment for fraud in July. She was allegedly beaten by police during a previous detention and visited by Jon Huntsman, the former US ambassador to China, in February 2011.”
"Earlier this summer, Gov. Rick Perry walked confidently into a packed hotel ballroom in San Antonio to address the Annual Conference of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO), a bipartisan organization representing almost 6,000 Hispanic officeholders at every level of government in the U.S. As the Immediate Past Chair of NALEO, I had a front row seat and closely observed Perry, who was in a jovial mood.”