Monthly Archives: November 2008

••The Quiet Death of the Minutemen

In story posted on their website, Zvika Krieger of The New Republic profiles Jim Gilchrist,  founder of the paramilitary border vigilante group “The Minutemen.”  She writes: This year, there has been more evidence that, while immigration remains a legitimate issue, … Continue reading

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••Racism and the Murder of Marcelo Lucero

A group of teenagers murdered Marcello Lucero on November 8th.  An Ecuadorian immigrant who had lived in the U.S. for 16 years, the 37 year-old Lucero was lynched in the Long Island (New York) suburb of Patchogue.  The seven teenage … Continue reading

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••The racial fallout of Prop. 8

This is what I wrote last July: My great fear is that, in California and elsewhere, the coalitions fighting against these restrictive ballot measures won’t reach out in any organized and systematic way to Latino voters. This may be a … Continue reading

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••And what you gonna do about it President Obama?

And now the real work begins. The RISE Movement–the grassroots effort whose recent rotating fast served as one of the more righteous actions in the late election season–are but one of a growing number of progressive coalitions agitating for change … Continue reading

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••Latinos Shape the 2008 Results

The sleeping giant sleeps no more! The 2008 election will go down in history as the election in which Latino voters emerged as a political force.  Not that it hasn’t been a long time coming.  But our electoral presence is … Continue reading

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••On Sending a Black Man to the White House

Shirley Chisholm remembered the faces. About to address the 1972 Democratic National Convention, Chisholm—the African American woman whose attempt to secure her party’s nomination made her the first black and first female candidate in history to do so—stared at the … Continue reading

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Race Traitors, Sellouts, and Uncle Toms: Thoughts on the Election of Barack Obama

Last summer, I came across this thought-provoking piece by conservative pundit Larry Elder.  In it, Elder responds to a letter he received attacking him for being, essentially, a traitor to his race by supporting John McCain.  “How can a fellow … Continue reading

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