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The Case for Ethnic Studies in All Schools So Students Can Excel

The Case for Ethnic Studies in All Schools So Students Can Excel

In 2010, a coalition of students, parents, teachers, and community advocates organized to win a pilot Ethnic Studies course in five San Francisco high schools. After implementation of the pilot, we continued to work together to evolve the curriculum and plan for its future expansion throughout district. In 2014, Sandra Fewer, a San Francisco Board […]

Flint Water Crisis: We Listen to People, Just Not the Poor

Flint Water Crisis: We Listen to People, Just Not the Poor

Imagine the harm that could have been avoided in Flint if only government officials believed the residents. As far back as May 2014, Flint residents complained about the water piped from the Flint River into their sinks and tubs. To save money, the city had switched from Detroit’s water system to the Flint River the […]

Two Wins for Families: Ala. Ends Bans on Food Stamps and Support

Two Wins for Families: Ala. Ends Bans on Food Stamps and Support

It’s a quiet win for thousands of Alabamians seeking to rebuild their lives and provide for their families: Alabama is joining the majority of U.S. states by allowing people with a past felony drug conviction to receive SNAP food assistance and TANF financial assistance, as long as they are otherwise eligible. The effective starting date […]

Why Walmart’s Closure in Oakland, California Is an Opportunity

Why Walmart’s Closure in Oakland, California Is an Opportunity

Growing up in an East Coast suburb, I remember strolling the aisles of Walmart on the weekends, especially when it was cold outside. My family bought clothes, school supplies and our basic needs there. At some point, Walmart moved a couple of miles away, leaving a gaping hole in my part of the community. Many […]

On Recognizing Domestic Work and Ending Labor Trafficking

On Recognizing Domestic Work and Ending Labor Trafficking

Last April, a Nepali domestic worker named Karmo was rescued from the Virginia home of her World Bank employer after more than a decade of captivity. Karmo’s employer withheld her legal documents, stole her wages and permitted no time-off apart from visa-related trips back to Nepal. The rescue plan was led by Karmo’s relative, Sirmaya, […]

Estado de la Unión en medio de la vergüenza migratoria

Estado de la Unión en medio de la vergüenza migratoria

Esta semana el presidente Barack Obama pronuncia su último discurso sobre el Estado de la Unión en medio de dos grandes contradicciones. De una parte, la Corte Suprema de la nación podría decidir si considera o no el caso que tiene el potencial de destrabar las acciones ejecutivas migratorias que ampararían de la deportación a […]

Dialogue and Values Will Stop Hate and Xenophobia

Dialogue and Values Will Stop Hate and Xenophobia

I still remember the day that my family and I became American citizens. We emigrated from Iran and had wound our way through this country’s arcane immigration system for 14 years. After filling out countless forms, enduring endless waits in INS offices and taking the citizenship exam, we were finally ready. We got into our brand […]

Deporting Families to Violent Places Is Not the Answer

Deporting Families to Violent Places Is Not the Answer

It’s official. The Obama administration has begun home raids aimed at arresting, detaining and deporting young mothers and their children back to Central America and the violence they fled in the first place. Raids that terrorize communities, trample civil rights and separate families are something we would expect from a President Trump. The very tactic – with […]

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