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 'Occupy the Hood': Including all of the 99% - Features - Al Jazeera English
"Just one week into the Occupy Wall Street movement, some activists identified what they considered a major flaw  in the organising process, saying that people of colour in the United  States were left out of the initial mobilisation.
From the start, the Occupy movement has prided itself on representing  “99 per cent” of the population, meaning they have vastly different  experiences from the highest earning one per cent, who have a much  stronger ability to control and affect both the financial system and the  government.
But some activists view the 99 per cent claim critically, saying that  they were not included, and therefore the claim is problematic.
As soon as Malik Rhaasan began to use Facebook and Twitter for his idea of “Occupy the Hood”, an Occupy sub-organisation that  would aim to bring people of colour into the organising process, it  began to catch on… (Read More)”

 'Occupy the Hood': Including all of the 99% - Features - Al Jazeera English

"Just one week into the Occupy Wall Street movement, some activists identified what they considered a major flaw in the organising process, saying that people of colour in the United States were left out of the initial mobilisation.

From the start, the Occupy movement has prided itself on representing “99 per cent” of the population, meaning they have vastly different experiences from the highest earning one per cent, who have a much stronger ability to control and affect both the financial system and the government.

But some activists view the 99 per cent claim critically, saying that they were not included, and therefore the claim is problematic.

As soon as Malik Rhaasan began to use Facebook and Twitter for his idea of “Occupy the Hood”, an Occupy sub-organisation that would aim to bring people of colour into the organising process, it began to catch on… (Read More)”

From Jim Crow to Juan Crow: Alabama’s Civil Rights Legacy - New America Media
“Above photo shows a notice posted by the Allgood Alamaba Water Works last week. SAN  FRANCISCO — Last week the Water Works — in the ironically named  community of Allgood, Ala. — informed local residents that they must  now present a valid driver’s license or ID. Otherwise, the notice  threatened, “You may lose water service.”The warning stems from  part of Alabama’s drastic new immigration law stipulating that no one  can qualify for a driver’s license or any other government service in  the state unless they can prove citizenship or are otherwise authorized  to be in the United States — especially those who are brown or have a  Spanish accent..(Read More)”

From Jim Crow to Juan Crow: Alabama’s Civil Rights Legacy - New America Media

Above photo shows a notice posted by the Allgood Alamaba Water Works last week.

SAN FRANCISCO — Last week the Water Works — in the ironically named community of Allgood, Ala. — informed local residents that they must now present a valid driver’s license or ID. Otherwise, the notice threatened, “You may lose water service.”

The warning stems from part of Alabama’s drastic new immigration law stipulating that no one can qualify for a driver’s license or any other government service in the state unless they can prove citizenship or are otherwise authorized to be in the United States — especially those who are brown or have a Spanish accent..(Read More)”

Monday Art Appreciation:  Capturing Communities of Color in Community Space.

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POC Murals in the Mission District, San Francisco, California.

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The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl - Episode 8

It’s officially Christmas in September.  Okay not really, but this new episode of Issa Rae’s Awkward Black Girl will make you feel a little warm and fuzzy inside (Spoiler Alert: No it’s not the alcohol). Find out what happens after J’s awkward date run-in with Fred.

If you’ve missed any of the past episodes of Awkward Black Girl, or want to watch them again for the 87th time, you can click here.

TLC PoliticalBEAT #9: Rick Perry, 9/11 Civil Rights, Redistricting Woes and Female Prisoners on the Rise

Perry Event 2/1/2010

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. 

10 Years After 9/11: Civil Rights Still Under Attack | Foster City Patch

"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.”

Racism in the Wake of Irene | Daily Kos

"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."

Redistricting could cost California some clout in Washington | Los Angeles Times

"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."

Unpopular ‘No Child’ Leaves Plenty of Students Behind | Star Tribune

"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."

Cost of Riots to British Asians | Desi Blitz

"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."

Surging Numbers of Women in Prison Present Unique Challenges | Dui Hua Human Rights Journal

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.”

Why Rick Perry is Bad for Hispanics | New America Media

"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.”


TLC CultureBEAT #9: Powerful Latinas, Double Dutch, and Desi Child Stars

Zoë Saldaña at Hollywood Life Magazines 7th A...

This week on TLC CultureBEAT…The Smithsonian curates exhibit exploring Asian American identity through art, Actress Zoe Saldana talks racism in Hollywood, How cool is Michelle Obama, 5 Latinas make Forbes most powerful list, and are we ready for a South Asian American Child Star?

Confronting Asian American Stereotypes through Art | Huffington Post

"The Smithsonian Asian Pacific American American Program and the National Portrait Gallery’s new exhibit, Portraiture Now: Asian American Portraits of Encounter, shown in the National Portrait Gallery, is dedicated to exploring modern Asian American identity. The curators of the National Portrait Gallery worked with the Asian Pacific American Program to    select the artists and the works.”

Dangerous White Stereotypes | The New York Times

"ONE of the most noteworthy movies of the summer is “The Help.” Set in Jackson, Miss., in the early 1960s, it focuses on the relationships between white upper-middle-class women and the black domestics who took care of them and their children. Although many reviews of the film were quite positive, numerous critics, including some African-American commentators, have lashed out against it, arguing that the film does not deserve the accolades it has received."

Zoe Saldana Slams Hollywood Racism | Fans Share

Avatar actress Zoe Saldana has revealed how she has experienced racism her entire life, even as an actress in Hollywood. Zoe admitted that she has often auditioned for a movie role and performed well, but then been turned down because of her race.”

Is Hollywood Ready for a South Asian American Child Star? | Divanee

"It’s fair to say that Aziz Ansari, Mindy Kaling and Kal Penn have become household names, paving the way for many South Asian performers — including the cast of the recently-canceled “Outsourced” and younger stars such as Manish Dayal (“90210″) and Dilshad Vadsaria (“Greek”).  There was once a time when South Asian actors did little more than play a glorified extra, and more often than not the focal point of their walk-on roles was to score laughs with a funny-sounding Indian accent.”

What’s in an Asian American Name? | Hyphen Magazine

"I’m a full-time remote worker. Most of the people I work with on a daily basis have never seen my face, and know me only by my emails and my phone voice. I often wonder about what these people picture, of the face they try to attach to my name. And I wonder if they’d be surprised to know I’m Asian."

The First Lady can Double Dutch, Can You? | Colorlines

"First Lady Michelle Obama could easily be the hippest first lady in History. She’s got her haute fashions, she knows how to dougie and now these pictures confirm she knows how to double-dutch, too.”

White House Wants to Know: What’s Your Story? | Audrey Magazine

"The White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders launched a challenge asking participants to submit personal stories about people who have had an impact on the people around them. The effort, called “What’s Your Story?” aims to highlight community service by Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders whose dedication to a cause has made a difference in their communities.”

Forbes Names 5 Latinas to Its List of Most Powerful Women | Latina

This week, Forbes released its list of the world’s 100 most powerful women, and we were excited to see five Latinas included among them. One thing we noticed immediately from the list is how far Latina women have come in politics – something we should definitely be proud of!”

U.N. Development Goals Should Include Anti-Racism Targets - IPS ipsnews.net

“ The first world summit of people of African  descent, held in the city of La Ceiba on Honduras’s Caribbean coast,  ended with a declaration calling for the fight against racism to be  included in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).In the  “La Ceiba Declaration”, delegates from more than 40 countries meeting at  the Aug. 18-21 United Nations-backed conference said it is time for the  U.N. to incorporate not only a new MDG, but also to design a Human  Development Index that would include “a racial and ethnic perspective…(Read More)”  “The United Nations should adopt a racial and ethnic perspective in the  Millennium Development Goals to guarantee the integration of the  challenges facing Afro-descendant communities or populations,” the  Declaration says.”

U.N. Development Goals Should Include Anti-Racism Targets - IPS ipsnews.net

The first world summit of people of African descent, held in the city of La Ceiba on Honduras’s Caribbean coast, ended with a declaration calling for the fight against racism to be included in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

In the “La Ceiba Declaration”, delegates from more than 40 countries meeting at the Aug. 18-21 United Nations-backed conference said it is time for the U.N. to incorporate not only a new MDG, but also to design a Human Development Index that would include “a racial and ethnic perspective…(Read More)”

“The United Nations should adopt a racial and ethnic perspective in the Millennium Development Goals to guarantee the integration of the challenges facing Afro-descendant communities or populations,” the Declaration says.”

issarae:

This is one of the greatest things EVER! Oh, childhood songs, sung & performed by chic Asians: I love you.

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K-Pop Delivers on the American Dream - New America Media

“It’s either a fever—attractive stars singing infectious beats or acting  in riveting television dramas—or a cancer—painfully plastic drivel,  uninspired, fake and artless, soulless pop. It’s the Korean Wave, or  Hallyu, and it’s splashing onto America’s shores."I love  Western TV shows, but sometimes it just feels like there’s something  missing or separate from me,” says Kim Do, a 19-year-old  Chinese-American. “I got used to it, I guess, but I always get excited  when I see an Asian on TV, because I think, ‘Hey, it’s someone like  me!’"  No wonder, then, that Do turns to bands like Super Junior or SHINee for her entertainment fix….(Read More).”

K-Pop Delivers on the American Dream - New America Media

It’s either a fever—attractive stars singing infectious beats or acting in riveting television dramas—or a cancer—painfully plastic drivel, uninspired, fake and artless, soulless pop. It’s the Korean Wave, or Hallyu, and it’s splashing onto America’s shores.

"I love Western TV shows, but sometimes it just feels like there’s something missing or separate from me,” says Kim Do, a 19-year-old Chinese-American. “I got used to it, I guess, but I always get excited when I see an Asian on TV, because I think, ‘Hey, it’s someone like me!’"

No wonder, then, that Do turns to bands like Super Junior or SHINee for her entertainment fix….(Read More).”

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