Month: April 2011

Erasure: AZ Bill Wipes Sodhi’s Name from 9/11 Memorial

Erasure: AZ Bill Wipes Sodhi’s Name from 9/11 Memorial

Anyone who knows about the aftermath of 9/11 will remember the story of Balbir Singh Sodhi.  A turbaned Sikh man, he was the first person murdered in a hate crime in response to 9/11.  It called national attention to anti-Muslim violence and galvanized action from […]

Witnessing Guantanamo-Style Justice

Witnessing Guantanamo-Style Justice

Last week, the Obama Administration decided to try Khalid Shaikh Mohammed and four others accused Sept. 11 conspirators before a military commission at Guantanamo Bay, rather than a civilian court in the U.S. After Obama signed the declaration to close Guantanamo on this first day […]

ICE’s PR Campaign Won’t Help “Secure Communities”

ICE’s PR Campaign Won’t Help “Secure Communities”

On Monday, the Department of Homeland Security and its Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) launched a new “community outreach program” to soften ICE’s negative image.  The program, tested in Chicago before launched nation-wide, will facilitate community partnerships “to combat stereotypes, mistrust, and misinformation that people […]

American Sikh Day – Again

American Sikh Day – Again

Today, hundreds of people gathered on the steps of the California State capitol building for “American Sikh Day.” In the crowd and on the stage, a handful of politicians donned Sikh turbans and others held up signs that read “We are all Sikh.” California Senator […]

The Changing Face of the NAACP

Last week, NPR reported a growing trend among local NAACP chapters. They’re electing a new generation of leaders, many of whom are not African-American.  In Waterbury, Connecticut, the chapter elected Victor Diaz, a 32-year-old Hispanic who is one of about a dozen new local leaders […]

They Go to Die: Film on South African Miners

They Go to Die: Film on South African Miners

Check out this film teaser by friend and colleague Jonathan Smith — a stunning spoken word piece on South African miners.  Jonathan just got back from South Africa, where he spent weeks living with the families of miners with TB and HIV.  He’s living in the editing room […]