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UCLA Veterans' Orientation Brings New Students 'On-Board'

New America Media - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 13:02
Traducción en españolArmy veteran Henry Shin is no slouch – he served in the military for five years and has been accepted into UCLA Anderson’s executive M.B.A. program. But even he had trouble figuring out how to use his military... Alison Hewitt http://publisher.namx.org/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=103
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Report: Native American Team Mascots Harm Native American Youth

Colorlines - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 11:49
 Native American Team Mascots Harm Native American Youth

Lost in the debate over how much money it would cost to change the Washington NFL team's name or what a name change would mean for the football team's institutional legacy is the reality that using American Indians as sports team mascots has a real impact on Native Americans.

And far from being limited to the world of pro sports, K-12 schools across the country continue to use American Indians as sports mascots. All of it colors the self-concept of young Native Americans, according to a new report released today from the liberal think tank Center for American Progress (PDF). 

Write report authors Erik Stegman and Victoria Phillips:

American Indian/Alaska Native students across the country attend K-12 and postsecondary schools that still maintain racist and derogatory mascots. Research shows that these team names and mascots can establish an unwelcome and hostile learning environment for AI/AN students. It also reveals that the presence of AI/AN mascots directy results in lower self-esteem and mental health for AI/AN adolescents and young adults. And just as importantly, studies show that these mascots undermine the educational experience of all students, particularly those with little or no contact with indigenous and AI/AN people. In other words, these stereotypical representations are too often understood as factual representations and thus "contribute to the development of cultural biases and prejudices."

Read the report in full (PDF).

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Rick Perry to Send National Guard to Stop Child Migrants

Colorlines - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 11:05
Rick Perry to Send National Guard to Stop Child Migrants

Texas Governor Rick Perry announced Monday plans to send up to 1,000 National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border within a month to stem the incoming flow of child migrants, the Washington Post reported. 

The National Guard troops won't have the power to apprehend anyone. They'll be there mainly to intimidate migrants who are crossing into the country as "force multipliers," Texas ABC affiliate KVUE reported. The plan would cost $12 million a month. 

"I will not stand idly by while our citizens are under assault and little children from Central America are detained in squalor," Perry said Monday, the Washington Post reported.

More than 57,000 child migrants have arrived at the U.S.-Mexico border this year, and 90,000 are expected by year's end. Children under 12 years old make up the bulk of the largest growth in those who are crossing into the U.S., Pew Research Center announced today. 

It's unclear yet what role they will take in the crisis. Most migrants have willingly turned themselves in to law enforcement when they've been approached, the Washington Post reports.

In the political debate over what to do to address the crisis, Perry has gone hard against President Obama, returning to political lines long favored by conservative politicians by accusing Obama of doing nothing to "secure the borders" in the face of the current crisis. There's plenty of overlap between Perry and Obama's actual policy desires, though. In early July, Obama asked Congress for $3.7 billion to address the current situation. Nearly of the requested money would go to house and care for child migrants while they await immigration processing, but much of the funds would go to border enforcement, detention facilities, and immigration judges who could expedite the processing of migrants.

In the U.S. the conversation has primarily been an immigration-focused one, but the U.N. has urged that the child migrants, most of whom are fleeing violence and gang recruitment in El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala, be considered refugees. 

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An Asian-American Woman is Coaching in the NBA's Summer League

Colorlines - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 10:41
An Asian-American Woman is Coaching in the NBA's Summer League

Meet Natalie Nakase, a former UCLA women's basketball standout who's spending her summer breaking down some of the NBA's gender barriers. From the New York Times

Nakase, the Clippers' assistant video coordinator, is trying to earn credibility in the coaching profession the same way: by proving her worth. She landed a spot as an assistant coach on the Clippers' bench during the two-week N.B.A. Summer League here, a first according to the Clippers and a step toward her goal of becoming an N.B.A. coach -- something no woman has ever accomplished.

"I don't want to just coach," Nakase said. "I want to win championships."

There's only been one woman to coach professional men's basketball in the United States, Nancy Lieberman, who coached in the NBA's developmental league in recent years. Read more

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Janet Mock Clarifies New Role at Marie Claire, Won't Be 'Trans Correspondent'

Colorlines - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 09:19
Janet Mock Clarifies New Role at Marie Claire, Won't Be 'Trans Correspondent'

Janet Mock made news this week when it was announced that she'd accepted an offer to become a contributing editor at Marie Claire. So what, exactly, does that mean? Mock explained to Poynter

"I'll also give my perspective on beauty, and pop culture, and politics, and not just be thrown into a corner as the trans correspondent," Mock said in a phone interview. Editor-in-Chief Anne Fulenwider said that Mock will be writing about her own experiences but won't be limited to them. She was drawn to Mock, she said, because she's a "phenomenal writer, speaker and thinker."

"I'm certainly not discounting her transgender identity; I think that's really important and that's what makes it so topical right now and what's given it a lot of attention," Fulenwider said, "but at the center of this is the story of a woman finding herself, and those are the stories that really resonate with young women."

Mock's first piece in her new role will be a personal account of the women and girls she's met while on the road promoting her memoir "Redefining Realness." It'll appear in the magazine's print issue this fall. 

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The Dream 9, One Year Later

Colorlines - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 09:08
The Dream 9, One Year Later

One year ago today, a group that would come to be known as the Dream 9 crossed from Mexico into the United States at a port of entry in Nogales, Ariz. The crossing was remarkable in that it was a highly publicized event in which a group of people--almost all of them in their 20s--demanded to enter and sought either humanitarian parole or asylum. The action, which trended as #BringThemHome on social media, was organized by the National Immigrant Youth Alliance (NIYA), which went on to organize larger border crossing actions later in the year.

Three of the Dream 9, Lizbeth Mateo, Lulú Martínez and Marco Saavedra, were undocumented activists who left the relative safety of the United States in order to go to Mexico and pick up five people who had previously lived in the U.S.:Adriana Díaz, Ceferino Santiago, Claudia Amaro, Luis Leon and María Inéz Peniche. One more, Mario Félix, joined them at the last minute as they crossed into the United States.

All nine were detained by Border Patrol and soon taken to the Eloy Detention Center, a private detention center in Arizona operated by the Corrections Corporation of America (CCA). The Dream 9 spent about 2 1/2 weeks in detention before they were released following approval of their credible fear applications.

One year later, the Dream 9 have all returned to their respective communities throughout the United States and they're preparing to head to court to make their individual claims for asylum. We checked in with three of the nine one year after their decision to cross the border as a political act.


María Inéz Peniche, 23
María Inéz Peniche came to the United States from Mexico when she was 10 years old and grew up in Boston. She was 17 when she found out that she was undocumented and soon saw opportunities disappearing as a result. Her family--including both her parents and her brother--made the decision to return to Mexico City, Mexico, in 2012, just three days before President Obama announced the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, from which Peniche would have benefited.

Life in Mexico was difficult for Peniche. She wanted to attend Mexico City's top university but couldn't because she didn't know enough about Spanish language literature and Mexican politics to pass the entry exam. She was sexually harassed by employers but felt pressure to keep working to help her family financially. After getting in touch with the NIYA, Peniche had one day to make the decision to join the action, and despite her family's warnings, she wanted to try to return.

Along with Lulú Martínez, Peniche staged an action inside of Eloy's mess hall; they were sent to solitary confinement as a result. Peniche spent 15 days with minimal human contact and was only allowed two 10-minute showers a week. She became suicidal. "I had never even had detention in high school," explains Peniche, who would pound on her cell's walls just so Martínez, who was in the next cell, would pound back. She tried to burn her hands with scalding hot water from her cell's sink and, eventually, she started throwing herself against her cell's walls. CCA placed her on suicide watch and Peniche was medicated.

Of her time in detention, Peniche says that her only regret is not responding to the many letters of support she received. "I am sorry that to this day, I've not written back to say thank you because it's a part in my life so dark I am not ready to revisit it," she says. "But I have saved all the letters and some are even in my dorm for inspiration when I feel at my lowest."

Peniche's entire family returned to the U.S. though subsequent NIYA actions in September and March. The family lives in Boston. Peniche* attends Pine Manor College on scholarship and is a resident assistant, a post that provides her with housing and food. Along with her family, she's preparing for her asylum case. Once she graduates, she hopes to move to California and work for immigrant rights.

07-17-14-santiago-1.jpgCeferino Santiago, 21
Ceferino Santiago crossed into the United States from Oaxaca, Mexico, as an unaccompanied minor when he was just 13 years old. He went to Lexington, Ky., to live with his brothers. At age 15, he spent a few weeks in Mexico to get medical care for an ear problem. In late 2012 Santiago, who had graduated from high school and was working odd jobs, visited Oaxaca. Border Patrol caught him when he attempted to cross through Tijuana in 2013. He was deported to Oaxaca. He heard about the NIYA's action through friends and family in Kentucky.

Santiago says the Dream 9 crossing was different than any other he'd previously attempted. For starters, as a Zapoteco, he'd faced discrimination in Mexico but never realized that he could apply for asylum as an indigenous person at a port of entry. "Being indigenous in Mexico means being less," says Santiago. "They call you Indian, they throw you out of places and no wants to help."

It was also through the NIYA that Santiago started to realize how many detentions and deportations were taking place. He began to see this crossing as part of something bigger that would protest the way the immigration system works in the United States.

Santiago was placed in Eloy Detention Center. He participated in a hunger strike after his phone calls were restricted and wound up in solitary confinement. "I spent 72 hours in solitary thinking about inequality, about family separations," recalls Santiago. "You suffer there. But you also learn to be strong."

Life in Lexington is still a challenge for Santiago, who hasn't been able to obtain a work permit. He's attending welding classes and hopes to learn the craft to find stable employment in the future. Santiago has a hearing for his pending asylum case in May 2015. He says he'll be representing himself in court. 

07-17-14-amaro-1.jpgClaudia Amaro, 38
Claudia Amaro was 12 when she arrived in Longmont, Colo., from Coahuila, Mexico, with family. She eventually moved to Wichita, Kan., where she married a man who was also undocumented and had a son. In 2006, Amaro's husband was deported to Coahuila. To keep the family together, she and her son moved there.

The son, who was just 6 years old when they arrived, never quite adjusted to life in Coahuila. The family constantly faced threats and Amaro's husband was kidnapped in 2012. Although he was eventually released, the family lived in hiding and in constant fear. When Claudia Amaro was invited to participate in the NIYA's border crossing, she had only a couple of days to decide whether or not she'd join. She says the decision was an easy one. "I was always contacting immigrant rights groups, but this was the only one that actually heard my story and did something," she says. Along with her husband's support, Amaro joined the action. She brought their son, who's a U.S. citizen, with her.

Shortly after Amaro was released from Eloy, her husband joined a small group of people who made an unpublicized crossing in September 2013. Although he has established credible fear, Amaro's husband remains at the Eloy detention center and has not been given an opportunity for release.

Amaro heads to court on July 28, and is the first of the Dream 9 to see a judge about an asylum claim. "I'm conscious of the fact that I'm the first [who] will go to court. I know that whatever happens with my case could help or hurt my partners," she says referring to the people who crossed through three NIYA actions. Her husband is among those people. 

Amaro's son is thrilled to be back in the United States and, despite being gone for so long, he's finally had a successful school year. Amaro helps support her family by making cakes and is involved in local immigrant rights organizing. "This is my place, although half of my heart is missing," says Amaro of her husband.

*Post has been updated since publication.

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Writers of Color Have the Best Advice For You

Colorlines - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 07:35
Writers of Color Have the Best Advice For You

Heben Nigatu and Tracy Clayton over at Buzzfeed put together a list of 39 tips from journalists and writers of color and it's awesome. Look:

1. "Don't stress out about ingratiating yourself with The Media Scene."

Read a lot of what interests you, and don't feel bad if what interests you isn't the cover of the New York Times every morning. Obviously you should keep up with world events, but don't think that being able to speak at length about every A1 Times story is necessarily important. Write more than you read. Do things/go places that make you feel scared. Don't be afraid to be passionate and earnest; detached irony is dead. Treat interns and HR people and everyone else in your office with the same level of respect you give to your direct colleagues and boss. Be as kind as your constitution will allow to everyone both in and outside of your office. Get into the habit of talking to people and asking them questions about their life, and don't do the thing where you zone out of conversations until it's your turn to speak -- actually listening to people and the world around you is like 35 percent of being a good writer. Don't surround yourself only with other writers/journalists/media people; self-imposed insularity is the fastest way to smother your creativity. And don't stress out about ingratiating yourself with The Media Scene. A lot of the parties suck.

--Cord Jefferson, writer

2. "Don't feel like you have to do the 'racism beat.'"

Be tenacious. This applies to everyone, but especially to young journalists of color: Make yourself indispensable. Dispel any rumors, however quiet, that you are just there for a "quota." When you grow bolder: Challenge the status quo. Nearly every major newsroom is overwhelmingly white and male: Do something about it. Refer your capable friends to positions. Push that job openings be made public. Leave the door open for others like you. Don't feel like you have to do the "racism beat"; advocate for stories about race and privilege, but don't feel obligated to write them -- journalism should teach both the writer and the reader. Write what's important to you. You're not the grand poobah of all things Asian/Latino/black/mixed-race. Your colleagues are journalists; they need to know how to figure it out themselves. There are communities out there for you -- you just have to find them, and it takes a little work. Never hesitate to reach out to someone, over any medium, for advice or, sadly, commiseration. Don't collude, collaborate: Your voices are important, and together they are stronger and louder. Start projects that get your words out there. Surround yourself with people who get it.

--Anonymous, editor at news website

There are 39 tips in all, and you should totally read them

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Angela Davis on Palestine and the Prison Industrial Complex

Colorlines - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 07:22

Late last year, Angela Davis was honored by the anti-poverty organization War on Want in Great Britain and gave a speech in which she called for the boycotting of the transnational security agency G4S because of its presence in Gaza. She quoted Nelson Mandela, who'd recently died, in saying, "We know too well that our freedom is incomplete without the freedom of the Palestinians."

If you've got an extra half hour to spare, it's worth listening to Davis as she makes the connections between the violence in Gaza and the struggle for racial justice. 

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Jon Stewart Outlines the Trouble With Talking About Gaza in the U.S.

Colorlines - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 07:21

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Over the weekend, Bejamin Wallace Wells published a must-read piece in New York Magazine on why the American media seem to suddenly be sympathetic to the hundreds of Palestinians who are being murdered in Gaza:

The story of the conflict between Israel and Palestine looks a little bit different this time around. Social media have helped allow us to see more deeply inside war zones -- in this case, inside Gaza -- and allowed viewers much fuller access to the terror that grips a population under military attack. America's changing demographics (the country's Muslim population has skyrocketed in the past decade and is now as much as half the size of the U.S. Jewish population) have meant both a more receptive audience for sympathetic stories about Palestinians and more Americans like Abu Khdeir, with connections back to Palestine.

But, as Jon Stewart pointed out last night, it's still tough to report on the subject if you seem even remotely sympathetic to Palestinian lives. Watch the clip above. 

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Why Mixed with White isn't White

Hyphen Blog - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 07:04

When Sharon Chang tells her son that he is Asian and mixed-race, she's trying to help him understand what it means to be multiracial and a person of color in America.

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PTSD Among Gaza's Youth, Eric Garner's Death and CCSF

Colorlines - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 06:48
PTSD Among Gaza's Youth, Eric Garner's Death and CCSF

Here's what I'm reading up on today: 

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Meet Beyoncé the Riveter

Colorlines - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 06:47
Meet Beyoncé the Riveter

When you manage to release a secret album in the middle of a world tour while parenting a toddler, I guess you're allowed to brag. 

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All hail Queen Bey. 

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Standing Together For the Children of Central America -- and Chicago

New America Media - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 01:00
Last week The Root's Keli Goff wrote about the child refugees fleeing violence and poverty in Central America and seeking refuge at our border. Unfortunately, she argued that we shouldn't protect these brown children and supports deporting them—while claiming that... Phillip Agnew and Isabel Sousa-Rodriguez http://publisher.namx.org/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=103
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Yes, Immigrant Kids Are Fleeing Violence, but So Are Kids in Chicago

New America Media - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 00:05
Editor's Note: This commentary, published in The Root, argues that the president is being asked to expend his limited capital helping children who are not his responsibility at the expense of children who are. The commentary sparked a debate in... Keli Goff http://publisher.namx.org/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=103
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Mercury-tainted Cosmetics Sold in Metro Manila Despite Ban

New America Media - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 15:08
MANILA, Philippines–A toxics watch group has warned the public against buying mercury-tainted whitening products allegedly imported from the United States, China, Japan and Taiwan and sold in Manila and Quezon City.According to EcoWaste Coalition, nine of the 12 products that... Jeannette Andrade http://publisher.namx.org/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=103
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North Korea Protest Chinese Video For Compromising King Jong Un's Dignity

New America Media - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 14:50
 It has only been about a week since North Korea filed a U.N. complaint to ban The Interview, an American comedy about a producer and talk show host’s attempt to assassinate Kim Jong-un. Well, July just doesn’t seem to be... Koream Journal http://publisher.namx.org/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=103
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Obama's My Brother's Keeper Adds School District Partnerships

Colorlines - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 14:38
Obama's My Brother's Keeper Adds School District Partnerships

The Obama administration is expanding My Brother's Keeper, it announced today. Sixty of the nation's largest school districts are joining the federal initiative aimed at lifting up boys and young men of color. 

The New York Times' Motoko Rich reports that the school districts have pledged to do five separate things: 

"Expand quality preschool access; track data on black and Hispanic boys so educators can intervene as soon as signs of struggle emerge; increase the number of boys of color who take gifted, honors or Advanced Placement courses and exams; work to reduce the number of minority boys who are suspended or expelled; and increase graduation rates among African-American and Hispanic boys."

Also today, private companies who've signed on to My Brother's Keeper, which was launched in February, announced their own initiatives. The NBA, AT&T and other groups have announced mentoring and education programs of their own.

The Obama administration has worked to address the school-to-prison pipeline elsewhere. The Departments of Justice and Education have taken a particularly proactive approach to the issue, by educating school districts about the racially disparate application of punitive school discipline measures and going after school districts with extreme school-to-prison pipelines in place.

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La primera orientación de veteranos de UCLA integra a nuevos estudiantes

New America Media - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 13:07
Foto: Nuevos estudiantes veteranos pasan Ackerman en un recorrido específicamente para los veteranos del campus durante la primera orientación de Veterans On-boarding de la UCLA.El veterano del ejército Henry Shin no es ningún flojo - sirvió en el ejército durante... Alison Hewitt http://publisher.namx.org/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=103
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Demolition of Graffiti Mecca 5Pointz to Begin in August

Colorlines - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 11:40
Demolition of Graffiti Mecca 5Pointz to Begin in August

5Pointz, the graffiti mecca that was shockingly white-washed last year, will be demolished next month. Jeff Wolkoff, the owner of the building, told DNAInfo that the destruction will begin in mid-August.

Nearly a year ago, Wolkoff and his brother were granted permission by the New York City Planning Commission to turn the graffiti shrine into condos. Late last year, the building's graffiti was completely painted over sending shockwaves through New York City's vibrant hip-hop scene and sparking a big backlash online. 

The owners insist that the new condos will allow graffiti writers the freedom to create new masterpieces. "I'm going to bring the artists back," Jerry Wolkoff said. "They'll have walls, they'll have a place for years and years to express themselves." 

(h/t Complex)

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500 Palestinians Dead, NYPD's Chokeholds, MH 17 Victims

Colorlines - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 09:31
500 Palestinians Dead, NYPD's Chokeholds, MH 17 Victims

Here's what I'm reading up on today:

  • Sunday marked the deadliest day of fighting in this new round of violence in the Gaza Strip, bringing the Palestinian death toll to nearly 500.
  • International investigators are having trouble recovering bodies from downed Malaysia Airlines flight 17 thanks to separatist rebels in Ukraine.
  • More than 1,000 NYC residents claim to be victims of chokeholds similar to the one that apparently killed Eric Garner. 
  • A court has delayed an Arizona execution due to concerns over the drugs involved. 
  • Shelly Sterling claims to have momentum in the legal battle against her husband Donald for the right to sell the NBA's Los Angeles Clippers. 
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