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The Next Generation of Women in STEM

New America Media - Sun, 03/01/2015 - 01:10
Above: (From L to R) Long Beach high school juniors Alexandria Esquivias, Carley Washington, and Sache CoxLONG BEACH, Calif. -- When you’re in high school, choosing a college major can be difficult. It wasn’t until late into my junior year... Karen Marin http://publisher.namx.org/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=103
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Long Beach Native Americans Enraged by Juniperro Serra Sainthood

New America Media - Sat, 02/28/2015 - 01:50
LONG BEACH, Calif. -- Junipero Serra founded the first California mission in 1769, forever changing the histories of Native American people. Six years after he founded the San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission in San Diego, 800 Natives stormed... Michael Lozano http://publisher.namx.org/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=103
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Stanford Program Helps Vietnamese RN Realize His Eldercare “Calling”

New America Media - Sat, 02/28/2015 - 01:15
 Photo: Chi MaiSAN JOSE, Calif.--At only age 28, Chi Mai, is a dedicated registered nurse, but it’s not just his profession. “It’s my calling,” he emphasized. “I’m a devout Catholic and my ultimate goal being a nurse is to save... Andrew Lam http://publisher.namx.org/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=103
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Khi ng??i tr? Vi?t giúp cao niên Vi?t lo ngày cu?i ??i

New America Media - Sat, 02/28/2015 - 00:30
  Y tá Chí Mai. (Hình: New America Media cung c?p) SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Y tá Chí Mai, 28 tu?i, là ng??i ??u tiên tham gia ch??ng trình c?a ??i H?c Y D??c Stanford v?i ?? án h??ng d?n... Andrew Lam http://publisher.namx.org/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=103
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An Edge for Indian Americans Under Common Core

New America Media - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 14:50
Above: Vandana Makker, an Indian American high school teacher in San Lorenzo, Calif., is implementing the new Common Core State Standards in her classroom. (Som Sharma photo)REDWOOD CITY, Calif. — High school math students are given a chart of different speeding... Lisa Tsering http://publisher.namx.org/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=103
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For a Few Lucky Seniors, Happy Endings in Living Situations

New America Media - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 02:05
  Photo: Danielle Jeffries, left, case manager for Virginia Supportive Housing, helps resident Ruby Howard at Cloverleaf Apartments in Virginia Beach. (Bill Tiernan/The Virginian-Pilot) Part 2. Read Part 1 here. VIRGINIA BEACH, Va.--Ruby Howard takes a while to warm up... Elizabeth Simpson http://publisher.namx.org/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=103
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With Chicago Tired of “Mayor 1%,” Chuy García Could Actually Win His Runoff with Rahm Emanuel

New America Media - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 14:35
 “He’s like a helium balloon,” Marcos Muñoz told me last week, speaking about Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. “He keeps rising and rising, and he doesn’t even know he’s popped.”Muñoz was with Cesar Chavez in the Central Valley in California in... Kari Lydersen http://publisher.namx.org/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=103
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Por qué defensores de los derechos de inmigrantes no están preocupados por la resolución del juez de Texas

New America Media - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 11:28
English TranslationLa semana pasada un juez federal bloqueó que entraran en vigor las acciones ejecutivas de Obama, una acción que defensores de la reforma migratoria están llamando sólo un "revés temporal".El juez federal del Distrito de Texas Andrew Hanen emitió... Elena Shore http://publisher.namx.org/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=7
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U.S. Believes Iraqi Offensive Will Retake Mosul in Three Months

New America Media - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 10:43
 BAGHDAD — An Iraqi and Kurdish military force of some 20,000 to 25,000 troops is being prepared to recapture the city of Mosul from "Islamic State" fighters, probably in the April-May time frame, an official at the U.S. Central Command... Arab American News http://publisher.namx.org/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=103
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High Hopes for Chicago's New 25-Year-Old Openly Gay Alderman

Colorlines - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 10:30
High Hopes for Chicago's New 25-Year-Old Openly Gay Alderman

The big news out of Chicago politics today is, of course, the unexpected run-off between incumbent Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Jesus "Chuy" Garcia. Emanuel is former Chief of Staff in the Obama White House and one of the country's best fundraisers, while Garcia is a Cook County commissioner and progressive democrat who's lambasted the mayor for widely publicized school closures and downtown development plans. The run-off election will be held on April 7.

But there was other news out of Chicago politics that could have big implications: the election of 25-year-old Carlos Ramirez-Rosa, the city's first openly gay alderman.

Rosa is a 25-year-old activist who beat out incumbent Ald. Rey Colon to represent the city's 35th ward, which includes the city's Logan Square neighborhood, home to one of its biggest Latino populations.

Rosa, born and raised in Chicago, was a staffer for Congressman Luis Gutiérrez (D-IL). He earned an endorsement from the Chicago Tribune and is now the youngest alderman in the city. And -- as is smart to do these days, though expected -- has painted himself as a politician who's against Big Money influences. "There's money in this city," Rosa said at his campaign kick-off rally on Sept. 6. "If you look at the decisions City Hall is making, if you look at the way our aldermen vote, you would think that Chicago belongs to corporations buying our public institutions. You would think that Chicago belongs to politicians selling out our schools and developers evicting our families."


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Chicago 'Black Sites' Expose More on How the City Tortures Its Residents

Colorlines - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 10:17
Chicago 'Black Sites' Expose More on How the City Tortures Its Residents

First there was Spencer Ackerman's bombshell report in the Guardian connecting the dots between a longtime Chicago police officer's torturous reign against that city's black residents and the subsequent abuse experienced by U.S. detainees at Guantánamo. Now, there's more: news that the Chicago police department has long maintained an off-the-books compound called Homan Square used to torture city residents, one that's being called the domestic equivalent of a CIA black site. The facility, which has allegedly been run for 40 years, held people as young as 15 years old.

From the Guardian:

"Homan Square is definitely an unusual place," Church told the Guardian on Friday. "It brings to mind the interrogation facilities they use in the Middle East. The CIA calls them black sites. It's a domestic black site. When you go in, no one knows what's happened to you."

The secretive warehouse is the latest example of Chicago police practices that echo the much-criticized detention abuses of the US war on terrorism. While those abuses impacted people overseas, Homan Square - said to house military-style vehicles, interrogation cells and even a cage - trains its focus on Americans, most often poor, black and brown.

Read more at the Guardian. 

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Dori Maynard, Advocate for Media Diversity, Dies at 56

Colorlines - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 10:09
Dori Maynard, Advocate for Media Diversity, Dies at 56

Dori Maynard, president of the Maynard Institute for Journalism Education and one of the nation's most effective advocates for representative media and excellent journalism, died on Tuesday at her California home. She was 56; the cause was lung cancer. Tributes are pouring in today from at least two generations of journalists (See #DoriMaynard to follow on Twitter). Many had been touched by Maynard in some way, if not by her personal kindness or hand in their careers then by the nearly 40-year-old Maynard Institute, an institutional beacon for black, Latino, Native, and Asian-American journalists in a predominantly white and "color-blind" media landscape.

"You can hardly put into words how important the work Dori and the Maynard Institute did to train young people of color for careers in journalism and how the Institute trained the media to write fair stories about communities of color," Bob Butler, president of the National Association of Black Journalists, wrote on the MIJE site. Maynard, he said, was a founding member of the Chauncey Bailey Project. Bailey, an Oakland journalist who edited several African-American newspapers covering the Bay Area, was gunned down in 2007 for seeking to expose crime and violence in the community. 

"We cannot stand for a reporter to be murdered while working on behalf of the public. Chauncey's death is a threat to democracy," Maynard is reported to have said. "We will not be bullied."

Maynard reportedly said that her middle initial, "J" stood for Journalism. She is the daughter of Robert C. Maynard, the African-American owner and publisher of The Oakland Tribune and co-founder of MIJE.

I met Maynard once. She was warm and welcoming to me, then, a cub journalist, and I'll remember that. But most of all, I will remember her for helping to create spaces in newsrooms throughout this country for journalists of color and for continually insisting that representative media is the foundation of excellent journalism. 

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Obama Vetoes Keystone XL, Torture in Chicago's 'Black Site,' Giuliana Apologizes

Colorlines - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 07:41
Obama Vetoes Keystone XL, Torture in Chicago's 'Black Site,' Giuliana Apologizes

Here's what I'm reading up on this morning: 

  • Obama vetoes a bill that would have allowed the construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline. 
  • Chicago's police department has been running a 'black site,' where, for the last 40 years or so, adults and children as young as 15 years old are tortured without ever even being booked into custody. At least one person has died.
  • Speaking of Chicago, Jesus "Chuy" Garcia, a Mexican-American politician with broad grassroots support, will face Rahm Emanuel in a runoff for mayor on April 7 after Emanuel failed to get 50 percent of the vote in yesterday's mayoral election. 
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Does PBS Still Care About Indie Films by and About People of Color?

Colorlines - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 07:13
Does PBS Still Care About Indie Films by and About People of Color?

"[Until] I went to a community screening of a [PBS] film called, "My American Girls: A Dominican Story" [in my early 20s], I had never seen myself on TV before," audience member Loira Limbal told public television VIPs at a filled-to-capacity New York City theater on Monday. "That was my first time seeing a film about people and stories and neighborhoods that looked like me."

Now, as director of Firelight Media's Producers' Lab, Limbal nurtures young filmmakers of color and her testimony was meant to help safeguard their future broadcast home. Whether PBS will continue to be that home is why filmmakers around the country are now protesting in addition to writing, directing and fundraising.

What follows are snapshots of the unfolding controversy and what it could mean for the communities that depend on filmmakers like Stanley Nelson ("The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution"), Byron Hurt ("Soul Food Junkies") and Julianna Brannum (" LaDonna Harris: Indian 101") to document their stories.

Why PBS is so important:

Because PBS regularly works with filmmakers of color. Indie films produced by and for public television are "markedly more diverse" than those produced for HBO, CNN or ESPN, according to a 2014 review of the year prior from the Center for Media & Social Impact at American University. Nearly one-third of "Independent Lens" directors were of color, for example, compared to none at CNN and ESPN and 13 percent at HBO.

The controversy, in a nutshell:

Traditional prime time hours are 8-11 p.m. WNET, the most-watched station in the PBS universe, decided last December to take "POV" and "Independent Lens"--the nation's premiere showcases for indie documentaries--out of their prime-time slots on Mondays.It would air them in prime-time on WLIW, a smaller station with a smaller audience. 

"POV" and "Independent Lens" would still run on the mammoth station, but on Sunday nights at 11, following it's high-rating "Masterpiece" programs (think "Downton Abbey"). The move, WNET says, would likely boost viewership for the documentaries. Filmmakers, however, aren't buying it. The move, they say, marginalizes their films by and about underrepresented communities because viewers won't stick around to watch a documentary at 11 p.m. on a Sunday. (Nielsen reports that the fewest number of viewers are watching TV from 10:45-11 p.m.) 

Why a single station, WNET, matters so much: 

WNET, as it covers the New York City metro area, "sets the trend across the system," filmmaker Dawn Porter ("Spies of Mississippi") says. "From a Native filmmaker perspective, PBS has been our only friend," says Julianna Brannum, adding that "nobody" sees Native content elsewhere. "It shocks me that a station with that market size would consider pulling "POV" and "Independent Lens" [from prime time]," she says. 

In other words, if the most-watched public television station in the most racially diverse metro area in the country pushes their indie documentaries to a secondary channel for prime time and Sunday at 11 for the mothership, filmmakers say that sends a powerful signal to other markets--that PBS, the home and developer of quality documentaries through "POV and "Independent Lens," no longer considers these films to be important.

But other markets don't necessarily follow the NYC flagship either:

Porter says she was shocked to discover earlier this year that no films about black history, including her "Spies of Mississippi," would air in prime time in Washington, D.C., in February. "If we can't be on during prime time in the nation's capital during Black History Month then I don't know when we can be on prime time," she says. The challenge however, as pointed out by PBS' chief programming executive, Beth Hoppe, is that PBS' roughly 350 member stations are largely autonomous. They air what they want, when they want. That explains why an award-winning indie film can air in prime time in one market, but during odd hours like 2 a.m., in another.

What the filmmakers want:

They say they want PBS to stay true to its public mission. And, more concretely, they want public television to mandate "common carriage," or that all stations accept a single prime-time programming schedule for "Independent Lens" and "POV." The current and constant time-slot switching makes it nearly impossible for filmmakers of color to promote their films and build an audience if viewers are forced to figure out when their documentaries will air. PBS, according to Hoppe, designates "only 500 programming hours for common carriage," annually.

Why the Internet isn't the answer:

"There are more opportunities on-line, but that's still a secondary option to broadcast," Brannum says. Broadcast reaches the largest viewing audience and PBS, according to Variety, has the fifth-largest English-language prime-time household rating behind CBS, NBC, ABC and Fox. And compared to the Internet, PBS' demographics track more closely with the nation's. What's more, PBS has an enviable reputation among all Americans. That prestige and burnish of legitimacy is a big part of why indie filmmakers dream of being showcased through "POV" or "Independent Lens."

What's next:

After the decision to move "POV" and "Independent Lens" drew such strong response, WNET decided to delay the schedule change. In the meantime, execs have started a four-month national listening tour to hear from creators. The tour has stopped in San Francisco and New York City; attention is now turning to Chicago's meeting, which will take place in March. Stay tuned.

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Obama: My Administration Will Fight Texas Ruling

Colorlines - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 06:46
 My Administration Will Fight Texas Ruling

As the end-of-month deadline to fund the Department of Homeland Security looms and the Obama administration takes on a Texas judge's ruling to temporarily halt President Obama's historic executive action, the president himself is weighing in on the mess. "My administration will fight this ruling with every tool at our disposal," Obama wrote in an op-ed for The Hill, "and I have full confidence that these actions will ultimately be upheld."

On Monday, the Obama administration asked U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen to lift his ruling temporarily halting the implementation of Obama's executive action program to offer an estimated 4 million undocumented immigrants short-term protection from deportation. The Obama administration says it plans to appeal Hanen's ruling, arguing that the 26 states who challenged Obama's executive action have no right to interfere with the federal government's immigration enforcement plans. Hanen's ruling last week disrupted the planned February 18 rollout of the first phase of Obama's executive action, which would have allowed an expanded class of undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children to apply for temporary work permits and deportation deferrals. 

"I am confident that all the steps I've taken on my own to fix our broken immigration system will eventually be implemented," Obama wrote, also taking time to chastise Republicans for what he called their "irresponsible threats" to withhold funding of the Department of Homeland Security so long as such funding also goes to the implementation of Obama's immigration policies. 

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Elder Abuse Rising in Care Facilities Mixing the Frail and the Disturbed

New America Media - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 00:25
  Photo: Georgie Williams appears in the above photo with her grandson. She lived in a Virginia nursing home another resident attacked her. She later died. (Bill Tiernan/Virginian-Pilot) Part 1. Read Part 2 here. NORFOLK, Va.--The nursing home Georgie Williams... Elizabeth Simpson http://publisher.namx.org/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=103
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Dori Maynard, Diversity Champion, Dies at 56

New America Media - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 22:03
 Dori J. Maynard, president of the Robert C. Maynard institute for Journalism Education and longtime champion of diversity in journalism and civic life, died Tuesday at her West Oakland, Calif., home, the Institute announced. She was 56.Maynard died of lung... David DeBolt http://publisher.namx.org/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=103
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President Obama Vetoes Keystone XL Bill, Invoking Integrity of Review Process

New America Media - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 15:24
 As promised, President Barack Obama on February 24 vetoed legislation that would have forced the Keystone XL pipeline through by eliminating the need for State Department approval for the project, which crosses the international border with Canada.“I am returning herewith... Indian Country http://publisher.namx.org/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=103
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Muslims Concerned for Their Safety After Chapel Hill Shootings

New America Media - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 14:13
 DEARBORN — Floods of bigoted online comments, right-wing blogs and blatantly anti-Muslim remarks by politicians and national media figures have long been indicators of the growing anti-Muslim sentiment in the United States. But over the past two weeks, xenophobic speech... Ali Harb http://publisher.namx.org/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=103
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The Art of Masculinity

Colorlines - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 13:51
The Art of Masculinity

Placing black and Latino men at the center of race discussions in America is, of course, nothing new. But in recent years, as we discuss what seems to be a growing number of black and brown victims of police and vigilante violence, the conversation about race and masculinity has taken on a more urgent tone.

Two new art exhibits in New York City by openly gay men of color grapple with some of the sentiments that animate the discussions around black and Latino masculinity.

The first, and more celebrated, is Kehinde Wiley's exhibit "A New Republic" at the Brooklyn Museum. Wiley's work--often reproductions of famous 17th- and 18th-century European paintings that feature black people rather than white aristocrats--makes a simple-but-powerful statement: "We exist."

"Painting is about the world we live in," Wiley tells Colorlines. "Black people live in the world. My choice is to include them. This is my way of saying 'yes' to us."

At just 38, Wiley is among America's most celebrated artists. Since roughly 2001 he's painted enormous portraits of black men who mimic the poses of so-called Old Masters. The artist began this work while he was doing a residency at the Studio Museum of Harlem. He was walking down 125th Street and came across a crumbled piece of paper on the sidewalk. That paper turned out to be an NYPD mugshot of a young black man, head tilted slightly to the right, wearing a blank and impatient expression. That image forced Wiley, who'd been studying European portraiture since his childhood, to reconsider what the form says about power.

"[That piece of paper] made me [think] about portraiture in a radically different way. I began thinking about this mugshot as portraiture in a very perverse sense, a type of marking, a recording on one's place in the world in time," he told Helen Stoilas in a 2008 edition of The Art Newspaper. "I began to start thinking about a lot of the portraiture that I had enjoyed from the 18th century and noticed the difference between the two: how one is positioned in a way that is totally outside their control, shut down and relegated to those in power, whereas those in the other were positioning themselves in states [of grace] and self-possession."

That line of inquiry led Wiley to the create pieces such as "Mugshot Study" (2006), a portrait of the man in the mugshot that obscure the NYPD processing information. The painting gives the subject an angelic look and also challenges the viewer's implicit bias.

More portraits followed. There was his 2008 reproduction of the 19th century French painter Auguste Clésinger's "Femme piquée par un serpent" (pictured above) in which a young black man in a red fitted cap, green hoodie and blue jeans is laying down sensually with his face tipped toward the viewer and his underwear exposed. After Michael Jackson's death in 2009, Wiley made him the subject of "Equestrian Portrait of King Phillip II (Michael Jackson)", a riff on a portrait of the 16th-century Spanish monarch.

Most of Wiley's subjects have been far less famous than the King of Pop. They are instead chosen for his participatory art-making process. For example, Wiley has recruited black men in their late teens and early 20s on the streets of Brooklyn, invited them to his workspaces, and had them choose an 18th-century portrait to mimic. He would photograph and eventually paint these men in poses that play up their vulnerability. "My work is political and it is religious, but it's also decidedly homoerotic," Wiley explains. "When I'm approaching these guys, there's a presupposed engagement. I don't ask people what their sexualities are, but there's a sense in which male beauty is being negotiated in each of these works."

While occasionally ridiculed as "too bright" or "kitsch," Wiley's work has become so widely admired that it's even featured on Fox's new hit show "Empire."

What sets the Brooklyn Museum show apart from others is that it's a through-and-through survey of his work, which exists across multiple forms. Along with some of his more well-known portraits of black men, it also features his only known video installation, "Smile," stained glass paintings, sculptures and several works from the collections he did in China, Israel, and India. Several new works are also drawn from his time in Haiti and Jamaica, and they prominently feature black women.

The second artist at issue has work tucked within a larger exhibition at SoHo's Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art. The show, "Irreverent: A Celebration of Censorship," features several paintings from Alex Donis' doomed 2001 exhibition "WAR." Provocative and controversial, these pieces feature hilarious and intimate scenes of Watts gang members in various dance poses with LAPD officers. Under the threat of protests and community violence, The Watts Towers Art Center canceled "WAR" two weeks before its debut.

A little more than a decade removed from the 1992 Los Angeles uprising, Donis' "WAR" paintings took tensions that had long roiled Los Angeles' black and Latino communities and mocked them with homoerotic disregard.


 "Spider and Officer Johnson" (2001) by Alex Donis

alexdonis3_022215.jpg"Scoob Dog and Officer Morales" (2001) by Alex Donis

The question piercing through Donis' work, as articulated by Jaime Villaneda in an essay from the original "WAR" catalogue, is the same one that Rodney King infamously asked in the midst of the '92 uprising sparked by his videotaped police beating: "Can we all just get along?"

The answer, especially recently, as communities have spoken out against racist police and vigilante violence in places like Ferguson, Staten Island and Denver is a resounding "no."

In the 1951 essay "Many Thousands Gone," James Baldwin wrote, "It is only in his music, which Americans are able to admire because a protective sentimentality limits their understanding of it, that the Negro in America has been able to tell his story."

Wiley and Donis have been using their visual art to tell stories of black and brown manhood in America, stories of men who've been erased, hunted and hated.

Now, more than ever, America is looking.

The Brooklyn Museum of Art began showing "A New Republic" on February 20; it will remain until May 24.  

The Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art opened "Irreverent: A Celebration of Censorship" on February 13. It will be there until May 3.

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