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Tribes Say CalTrans Illegally Destroying Historical Sites for Bypass

New America Media - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 01:00
photo: Coyote Valley Band of Pomo Indians tribal representatives Priscilla Hunter (left) and Eddie Knight (right) with tribal Chairman Mike Hunter visit the Willits Bypass construction site on the Northern California coast, where they and Sherwood Valley Rancheria Band of... Marc Dadigan http://publisher.namx.org/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=103
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U.S. and China Announce New Climate Goals

New America Media - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 01:00
The United States and China announced new goals for reducing their global warming pollution in the coming decades, with the U.S. ramping up its rate of decarbonization in five to 10 years and China promising that its carbon emissions will... John H. Cushman, Jr. http://publisher.namx.org/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=103
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Techno Health: “Swallow a Mini-Robot and Call Me in the Morning”

New America Media - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 00:15
 WASHINGTON, D.C.--Who hasn’t had a parent or a grandparent—or yourself—lost or confused on a new trail through a dense park? Or, after a certain age, unsure if you really took that anti-cholesterol pill last night, or was it the blood... Frank Browning http://publisher.namx.org/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=103
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States Offer Varying Protection for Youth to Put Juvenile Records Behind Them

Colorlines - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 16:21
States Offer Varying Protection for Youth to Put Juvenile Records Behind Them

The juvenile justice system in the United States was first conceived 115 years ago as an alternative to the adult criminal justice system, one that emphasized rehabilitative support over punitive discipline. Privacy for young people involved in the system was prioritized. That meant limited access to juvenile records, and options for youth to embark on adulthood without being held back by acts they committed as children. The original goal was to protect children from being branded as criminals and importantly, juvenile adjudication has been considered as distinct from a criminal conviction. 

In 2014, the landscape varies greatly across the country, but by and large, states have moved away from those founding ideals. A new report released today by the Juvenile Law Center (PDF) offers the first nationwide evaluation of its kind of how states handle juvenile records. The Juvenile Law Center, a Philadelphia-based public interest law firm which advocates for young people in the juvenile justice and child welfare systems, found that many states not only provide members of the public--including employers, media, schools, and government agencies--access to juvenile records, some states also even force youth to proactively inquire as to whether or not they may expunge their records.

While most states protect confidentiality and access to juvenile records while proceedings are ongoing, once a juvenile is adjudicated as delinquent--the juvenile justice equivalent to being found guilty of an offense--access broadens. In Arizona, for example, report authors wrote, "all juvenile records are public unless a court order is issued to protect a particular record." Just nine states--California, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, and Rhode Island--shield juvenile records from public access.

When it comes to sealing, which broadly refers to who beyond youth courts have access to juvenile records, and expungement, which refers to the destruction of records, policies and practices also vary widely. 

"There is a misperception that juvenile records are confidential and automatically destroyed when a youth is no longer under court supervision. The reality is that juvenile records are widely accessible long after a young person has become an adult," Juvenile Law Center attorney and report author Riya Saha Shah said in a statement. Not only that, argues the Juvenile Law Center, but limiting young people's options to put their pasts behind them doesn't improve public safety and only makes it harder for young people to move on to productive adult futures. 

Go to the Juvenile Law Center for its interactive scorecard and read their review in full here (PDF).

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Remezcla's New Video Explores the Politics of the Dance Floor

Colorlines - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 14:32

A new video published on Remezcla features music by Mexico City’s Fvded and the Cyborg Dance Collective—a group borne out of Haiti’s Cite Soleil, one of the poorest slums in the poorest country in the Americas, which is also home to dubious foreign aid schemes.

An accompanying essay authored by senior editor Andrea Gompf explains some of what’s at stake:

[T]he dancers needed a demo reel, and D.F. producer Fvded (aka Jesus Torres) needed a music video for his track “Barreto.” At first glance, the artists may seem like strange bedfellows, but in a way they make sense — both Cyborg Dance and Fvded belong to a generation that understands that the dance floor can be just as political as any protest. That a fight to change the world can take place at a party, with a bottle of mezcal or Betancourt rum.

Check out the video, which was directed by Daniel M. “Luky” Torres, and read Gompf’s entire essay over at Remezcla

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Eddie Huang Sounds Off About 'Fresh Off the Boat'

Colorlines - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 13:14
Eddie Huang Sounds Off About 'Fresh Off the Boat'

Eddie Huang, the restaurateur whose memoir "Fresh Off the Boat" is the inspiration for the forthcoming ABC sitcom, also named "Fresh Off the Boat," took to Twitter Wednesday to sound off about pressure he says he's facing to scrub clean political criticisms of America in his voiceovers on the show.

It started here:

Producers of #FreshOffTheBoat want me to say "America is great" or I get replaced by some other voice actor... what's a chink to do?

— RICH HOMIE HUANG (@MrEddieHuang) November 13, 2014

In VO booth producer says "how about a compromise? america aint half bad" Told them run the tape & said "America ain't 3/5 bad" #Compromise

— RICH HOMIE HUANG (@MrEddieHuang) November 13, 2014

.@Mattyslap thank u fam. I am AMERICAN. but I MADE my place. they don't give this shit out like bourbon chicken at the mall b!

— RICH HOMIE HUANG (@MrEddieHuang) November 13, 2014

.@Cin_D_Z absolutely. I choose to live here because I believe we will get there one day but we aint gonna get there without being critical!

— RICH HOMIE HUANG (@MrEddieHuang) November 13, 2014 And then Huang leveraged his Twitter followers to amplify his criticisms.

Its disappointing when we finally get a platform & then get neutered. Please help hold #FreshOfftheBoat @ABCNetwork accountable to us!

— RICH HOMIE HUANG (@MrEddieHuang) November 13, 2014

.@MrEddieHuang @ABCNetwork excited for a show that ACCURATELY reflected my experience, NAH Y'all just want another watered down Goldbergs

— Ace Chapman (@TROYofthefield) November 13, 2014

Dear @ABCNetwork don't reduce @MrEddieHuang #FreshOffTheBoat to trite cliches & change the meaning

— dmfrancois (@dfrancoisusvi) November 13, 2014

@MrEddieHuang fuck that, don't compromise for anybody. Pg268 'i don't knw the key to success but the key to failure is try to please every1'

— Alejo Cabral (@a_cabral18) November 13, 2014

.@ABCNetwork The story of *every* immigrant is full of struggle, so why neuter @MrEddieHuang's message? Actually looking forward to #FOB.

— janet kwok (@signedjk) November 13, 2014

.@throwinrocks @ABCNetwork I did not say the line and I did not cash my voice over checks

— RICH HOMIE HUANG (@MrEddieHuang) November 13, 2014 Melvin Mar, an executive producer of "Fresh Off the Boat," didn't respond to a request for comment as of press time.
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White House to Women and Girls of Color: We Haven't Forgotten You

Colorlines - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 10:15
 We Haven't Forgotten You

After facing months of criticism for sidelining women and girls of color in its exclusively male initiative My Brother's Keeper, the White House released a report (PDF) Wednesday aimed at letting women know they're important to racial justice, too. 

The report, released by the White House Council on Women and Girls, chaired by Valerie Jarrett, gathered information about how women and girls of color are faring in education, health, employment, domestic violence, and criminal justice. 

"Women and girls of color still face higher rates of poverty and receive lower wages for their work than their white peers, and they are more likely to become involved in the criminal justice system," wrote Jarrett and White House Council on Women and Girls executive director Christina Tchen. "And when women are the primary or sole breadwinners for nearly half of all households of color, these disparities do not just affect them, but their families and communities as well."

It's a line that groups like the African American Policy Forum have been repeating for the last year in forums held around the country to highlight the experiences of girls and women of color. 

In addition to the report release, the Council is also putting together another committee called the Working Group on Challenges and Opportunities for Women and Girls of Color and will host a gathering January of next year to discuss increasing access to science, technology, engineering and math educational opportunities to girls of color. 

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DHS Sued to Stop Deportations

Colorlines - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 09:38
DHS Sued to Stop Deportations

The National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) is suing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to put an end to deportations.

NDLON submitted a rulemaking petition to DHS in February, urging the Obama administration to expand DHS's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), which provides temporary relief from deportation as well as work permits to undocumented youth, to "a much larger class of individuals." DHS is legally bound to respond to the petition within a reasonabe amount of time--but has failed to do so for more than nine months.

In its lawsuit, NDLON claims electoral hopes--and not a genuine need for more time--have caused the Obama administration to delay its response. It also outlines how people are placed at risk as a result:

Thus, while DHS has failed to respond to Plaintiff's Petition, it has continued to aggressively deport and criminalize immigrants, mainly through operations of one of its constituent agencies, Immigration and Customs Enforcement ("ICE"). An entire population that would benefit from the President's promised action continues to face the daily risk of deportation because of electoral political calculations. ICE has acted arbitrarily and, in the most egregious of cases, has even retaliated against people who dared organize and protest its abuses.

Plaintiffs, along with their lawyers, are holding a mock trial today in front of Washington, D.C.'s ICE office today.

The lawsuit follows renewed promises by President Obama that he'll soon take executive action to expand deferred action. It remains unclear when the president will follow through and how many people may obtain temporary relief from deportation as a result. 

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November Lit: 'Second Chance' by Denis Wong

Hyphen Blog - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 08:00

For November, we bring you Denis Wong's short story about a teenaged boy trying to cope after the death of his girlfriend. 

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811: The Number to Call Before You Dig

New America Media - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 01:00
SAN FRANCISCO -- Wolfgang Gordillo recalls the day when a fellow worker, digging on a construction site in Seattle, accidentally struck and ruptured a gas pipeline with a pickaxe.“The fire department showed up, evacuated the area [and] closed off the... Ngoc Nguyen http://publisher.namx.org/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=70
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Los UC Regents considerarán un nuevo plan de estabilidad a largo plazo para ayudas financieras y de matrícula

New America Media - Wed, 11/12/2014 - 14:43
EnglishEl Consejo de Regentes de la Universidad de California anunciaron recientemente que considerará un nuevo plan de cinco años para una matrícula baja y predecible que proporcionará fondos para aumentar el acceso a los estudiantes de California, mantener el robusto... Peter Schurmann http://publisher.namx.org/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=64
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Ecologista latina trae la lucha contra la fractura hidráulica al 'epicentro' de la industria petrolera en California

New America Media - Wed, 11/12/2014 - 12:09
EnglishRosanna Esparza estaciona su Prius en un mar de camionetas. Al otro lado de la calle se ha erigido un asta improvisada en la caja de un camión para izar la bandera estadounidense por encima de las palmeras. Estamos en... Peter Schurmann http://publisher.namx.org/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=64
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Bill Clinton: More Financial Education Needed for Youth

New America Media - Wed, 11/12/2014 - 11:07
 LOS ANGELES – Former President Bill Clinton spoke to thousands of at-risk youth on Sunday, Nov. 9 about the importance of saving and spending money wisely. Held at the University of Southern California’s Galen Center, the “World’s Largest Financial Literacy... Asian Journal http://publisher.namx.org/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=103
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D.C. Nurses Join Protests over Lack of Ebola Training

New America Media - Wed, 11/12/2014 - 10:55
 Nurses at Providence Hospital in Northeast are following the lead of thousands of their peers nationwide who are protesting a glaring lack of training for dealing with Ebola.The nurses in D.C., who went on strike Wednesday, are participating in a... Washington Informer http://publisher.namx.org/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=103
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Remembering the 'Ungovernable' Ella Fitzgerald's Time in a Youth Prison

Colorlines - Wed, 11/12/2014 - 10:45
Remembering the 'Ungovernable' Ella Fitzgerald's Time in a Youth Prison

Long before she earned a reputation as a legendary jazz singer, 15-year-old Ella Fitzgerald was called "ungovernable" and unwilling to "obey the just and lawful commands of her mother" by Westchester County judge George W. Smyth. She was sent to the Hudson Reform, the only state juvenile institution that accepted both black and white children. 

Russ Immarigeon at Prison Public Memory dug up Fitzgerald's history with the juvenile justice system to show that it's long preyed on black and brown children. Today, there are more than 66,000 American youth who are confined in juvenile detention facilities, according to Nell Bernstein, author of "Burning Down the House: The End of Juvenile Prison." The majority of those kids are, like Fitzgerald, sentenced to serve time for non-violence offenses; only one of every four confined youths was locked up based on a Violent Crime Index offense.

Fitzgerald suffered plenty of abuse at the hands of the state before making it big in Harlem. From Immarigeon:

Her biographers appear to agree on this: A fifteen- or sixteen-year-old Ella Fitzgerald returned, in a disheveled and homeless state, to New York City in late 1933 or early 1934. Shortly thereafter, she tried to display her dancing talents at the Apollo on 125th Street before taking its famous stage to sing. Soon, she started singing regularly with drummer Tiny Bradshaw's band at the less-well-known Harlem Opera House. And, at the age of seventeen, within a year of leaving Hudson, Fitzgerald was singing and recording with the swinging Chick Webb and his Orchestra, where she quickly took her first steps toward being America's "First Lady of Jazz." 

After her death in 1996, cultural critic Margo Jefferson rembered her life this way:

 "That voice never did give us intimations of the stepfather who abused her when her mother was dead; of the aunt who rescued her, then had no time or money to care for her; of Ella herself as a teenage truant who did time in a New York State reformatory for girls, where discipline was instilled though beatings and solitary confinement. When she ran away, she went from wayward girl to urchin, shuffling alone through the streets of Harlem, singing and dancing for small change, sleeping wherever she could find a night's bed and board."

Read more at Prison Public Memory.

 

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Reinventing an Ethnic Newspaper As a Cultural Institution

New America Media - Wed, 11/12/2014 - 10:43
 While daily newspapers across the country battle for their lives, a scrappy little ethnic newspaper in San Francisco’s Japantown is discovering new ways to survive. It is the Nichi Bei Weekly, and it’s become my poster child for the special... Jon Funabiki http://publisher.namx.org/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=103
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Ryan Coogler and Michael B. Jordan Are Making Another Movie Together Again

Colorlines - Wed, 11/12/2014 - 10:35
Ryan Coogler and Michael B. Jordan Are Making Another Movie Together Again

Director Ryan Coogler and actor Michael B. Jordan gained acclaim a few years ago with "Fruitvale Station," the drama based on the last day of Oscar Grant's life before he was shot and killed by transit cop Johannes Mehserle. Now the two are teaming up again to make "Creed," a film that follows the grandson of a character in the "Rocky" franchise, Apollo Creed. 

More from Shadow and Act:

The story for what will be the 7th film in the "Rocky" franchise will see Michael B. Jordan play the grandson of Apollo Creed, raised in a wealthy home, living off his grandfather's earnings, but who, despite his family not wanting him to follow in his grandfather's footsteps, has the desire to do so, as well as the natural gifts and potential that his grandfather used to become a heavyweight champion... that is until Rocky Balboa took his crown in 1979?s "Rocky II." Creed's grandson seeks a mentor to help train him, and, of course, that mentor turns out to be Balboa himself (Stallone), who is no longer interested in the sport, and apparently needs to be convinced to help get Creed's grandson prepped and ready to get in the ring.

Champion boxer (and, like Coogler, Oakland native) Andre Ward is also in negotiations to join the film's cast. It'll start shooting in early 2015. No word yet on a release date. 

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Ferguson's Tef Poe Drops a Powerful 'War Cry' [AUDIO]

Colorlines - Wed, 11/12/2014 - 10:34

Tension is mounting as a Ferguson grand jury decides whether or not it will indict Officer Darren Wilson for killing unarmed teen Michael Brown in August. Within this context, Ferguson MC and activist Tef Poe has a new song called "War Cry (Gov. Jay Nixon Diss)."  

In a lengthy blog post, Poe--who recently joined Michael Brown's parents on a trip to Geneva where they testified before the United Nations Committee Against Torture--explains:

Our backs have been forced into a corner and we are currently trapped in the belly of one of the most immoral situations this country has birthed. Darren Wilson is a killer yet we are rounded up and treated like cattle for demanding his arrest. Vonderitt Meyers and Kim King are both dead and the police refuse to give us answers. The Ball family still has not received a moment a of clarity and honesty concerning the death of their lost family member. The police in Saint Louis, Missouri have decided to declare war upon people of color. Gov. Jay Nixon alongside many other elected officials has decided to close his eyes to these atrocities. He has shielded and aided Michael Browns killer from prosecution. He has cosigned our community being brutally attacked by an uncontrollable force of wild cowboys. Jay Nixon is blatantly standing on the wrong side of history with zero regard for the pain we currently feel as a community. He is not our friend. He is not our comrade. He is not our Governor. Jay Nixon does not work for us. He works for those that use institutionalized racism to kill us.

[...]


We cry for justice and they tear gas us in return. This situation has turned into a political game of cat and mouse and we are the mice. We believe in nonviolent protests. We advocate strongly for nonviolent protests. Our mission statement is nonviolent protests. We say this while we know for a fact that every police precinct in the metropolitan area is preparing to partner with the National Guard and attack us as if we are not tax paying citizens. We have witnessed your cruelty once before. We know you will not stop until there are no more bullets for you to shoot. We pray for peace but we are prepared defend our families. We are prepared to protect our children. We say this while we also realize you are currently preparing your militia to shoot us down in the streets of our very own communities as if we are stray dogs. My heart is heavy simply because I feel helpless.

"War Cry" isn't the most SFW song in the world (after all, it is a war cry). And if the term "cracka" upsets you, don't listen. But if you want to hear a visceral testimony from a city on the brink, this is the record for you.

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Latina Environmentalist Takes Fracking Fight to 'Epicenter' of California Oil Industry

New America Media - Wed, 11/12/2014 - 10:23
Español Rosanna Esparza parks her Prius in a sea of pickups. Across the street a makeshift flagpole has been erected in a truck bed to hoist Old Glory above the palm trees. We’re in Taft, California; a town built... Tara Lohan http://publisher.namx.org/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=103
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Want to Improve Voter Turnout? Abolish Voter Registration. No, Really!

New America Media - Wed, 11/12/2014 - 10:19
 It’s your right to vote. So why does our society seem not to want you to use it?Two-thirds of eligible voters did not vote in this year’s midterm elections. It was the lowest electoral turnout since World War II—a time... The Root http://publisher.namx.org/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=103
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