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USC Annenberg journalism students receive diversity training through “Fault Lines”

As part of USC Annenberg’s diversity initiative, the School of Journalism began educating new students this academic year with a “Fault Lines” approach that teaches them to better recognize race, class, gender/sexual orientation, generation and geography when reporting.

 
  

America's Wire: Maynard Media Center on Structural Racism

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Egypt, America Hears You, but is it Listening?

For the past few weeks Americans have watched along with the rest of the world as events in Egypt continue to unfold.  Americans have listened intently as President Obama has spoken in very nuanced terms about how he would like Egyptian President Mubarak to proceed.  Last week he stated, “I spoke directly to President Mubarak… What is clear -- and what I indicated tonight to President Mubarak -- is my belief that an orderly transition must be meaningful, it must be peaceful, and it must begin now.”  He went on to say, “To the people of Egypt, particularly the young people of Egypt, I want to be clear:  We hear your voices.”  President Obama hears them but is he listening?

 
  

Protecting federal spending on American Indians and Alaska Natives ‘to some degree’

The National Congress of American Indians proposed a fiscal year 2012 budget last week. It called for modest increases in a variety of federal programs, making the case that more money is required for American Indian and Alaska Native programs because of historic underfunding.

“Tribal leaders look to the upcoming fiscal year with great anticipation for honorable fulfillment of federal trust, treaty, moral and statutory obligations to tribes in the 21st century,” the proposal said. The NCAI budget proposal “presents a fresh opportunity for the U.S. government to live up to the promises made to tribes....” The NCAI request captures the wide variety of needs for services and programs across Indian Country.

In some years this proposal might get a fair hearing. Not this year.

 
  

Loughner in Tucson, Bomb in Spokane: Connect the Dots

On Monday January 17th while millions of Americans were peacefully honoring the life, legacy, and sacrifice of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. the bomb squad in Spokane, WA was defusing a pipe bomb that had been left along a parade route by unknown domestic terrorists.

 
  

Setting a new standard for relations between tribes and the U.S.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- What’s my take away from the White House Tribal Nations Conference? Easy. This is an administration that actually believes the United States government must represent all of the people, including American Indians and Alaska Natives.

 
  

Bring it on! Relitigating the health care reform debate

The election is over. Now what? What are the next steps when it comes to health care reform? Just what did the people say November 2?

 
  

We, the people, are divided by our divisions

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

All election night the message was about how the people have spoken with a clear voice and returned Republicans to power.

In Kentucky Senate candidate Rand Paul called it the “Tea Party tidal wave.”

Or the soon-to-be Speaker of the House, John Boehner, said “it’s clear tonight who the real winners are, that’s the American people.” He said change begins again because the “American people are demanding a new way forward.”

 
  

Native American votes will defy election predictions

Monday, October 25, 2010

FAIRBANKS, Alaska -- The election is nearly a week away and predictions are cheaper than a cup of bad coffee.