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How common core hurts English language learners

September 11, 2015

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By José Luis Vilson When I was growing up, my family spoke mostly Spanish, but everyone at my school spoke English. Since my mother prioritized academic success over cultural acclimation for me, I found myself slowly abandoning Spanish. Taking Spanish as an elective in middle- and high school helped me make technical sense of the […]

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The Deal with Iran is Part of a Larger Plan

September 11, 2015

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By María Cardona One of the goals of the Obama Administration, when it comes to its international legacy, is to decrease the quantity of weapons and nuclear waste in the world. This was first seen through the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) between Russia and the United States in 2010, which aimed to cut in […]

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Watching the GOP Carnival Pass By

September 11, 2015

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We have to move forward no matter what Commentary: By Kat Avila We’ve been through these racist scenarios before–generation after generation. I am talking about this unreal spectacle that the Republican Party (GOP) presidential candidates are shoving in our faces. One or more GOP candidates want to build an isolationist and very expensive Great Wall […]

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#LaughingWhileBlack another burden for people of color

September 11, 2015

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By Elizabeth Ann Thompson The phenomenon of #DrivingWhileBlack has long been documented. The latest social media firestorm chronicles #LaughingWhileBlack. A group of 11 women belonging to a book club, 10 of whom were African-American, were kicked off a Napa Valley wine train in California for being too loud. Lisa Johnson and her fellow club members […]

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It’s Hard to Be What You Can’t See

September 4, 2015

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Commentary: By Marian Wright Edelman “When we think about what it is to be ‘connected,’ we think about memory. We think about history. We think about storytelling. All of these words that we hear—‘literacy,’ ‘inclusion,’ ‘diversity’—those are all words for connection . . . When I say to people ‘why do we need to have […]

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Total Recall: Donald Trump Clones Schwarzenegger Campaign

September 4, 2015

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Commentary: By Jon Fleischman A week ago, Donald Trump stood before a massive crowd of some 30,000 people at a rally held in Mobile, Alabama. There he gave a rousing speech about taking on the political establishment, appealing to the frustration of those present that the political class in Washington, D.C., has failed them. When […]

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The 1970 Chicano Moratorium Against the War in Vietnam 45 Years Later!

August 28, 2015

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By Herman Baca President Committee on Chicano Rights (CCR) Long forgotten by US history and barely remembered by many (even in the Chicano community) is the historical 45th anniversary of the August 29, 1970 Chicano Moratorium against the War in Vietnam. The Moratorium held in Los Angeles, California was one of the most seminal historical […]

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Women’s Equality 95 Years Later

August 28, 2015

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By Stacey Y. Abrams and Kathy Hawken On August 26th, 1920, the amendment guaranteeing the right to vote for women officially became part of the U.S. Constitution. The anniversary of this historic achievement deserves recognition, celebration, and a huge “thank you” to those brave women who faced beatings, starvation, torture and false imprisonment so that […]

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Stronger Together: Your Voice in the Workplace Matters

August 28, 2015

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By Labor Secretary, Thomas Perez Our nation’s continued recovery from the worst recession in generations has given us a lot to celebrate. We saw over 3 million jobs created in 2014, the best year since the end of the Clinton Administration. We’re experiencing the longest streak of private sector job growth on record. Our businesses […]

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Trump: Scaring away the Latino vote

August 21, 2015

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Commentary: By Maribel Hastings Donald Trump has fine-tuned his strategy to “win” the Latino vote, as he assured he will do if he’s the Republican nominee: to repeal, if he is elected president, the executive actions on immigration and deport 11 million undocumented immigrants, including DREAMers, and potentially citizen children who would have to leave […]

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“Panem et circenses” Inequality of Sports

August 21, 2015

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Commentary: By Rodolfo F.Acuña Michael Harrington in The Other America (1962) wrote “Beauty can be a mask for ugliness,” referring to rural poverty in Appalachia where the beauty of the landscape hid the poverty. According to Harrington, “America has the best-dressed poverty in the world,” allowing poor whites to go unnoticed and giving the illusion […]

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@realDonaldTrump Exemplifies True Colors of GOP

August 21, 2015

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Xenophobic, mean-spirited and pro one-percent Commentary: By Dr. Alvaro Huerta It’s not true that Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump only represents the extreme wing or “crazies” of the GOP. As a leader in numerous polls, Trump exemplifies the true colors of the GOP: xenophobic, mean-spirited and pro one-percent. Despite how the other GOP presidential candidates […]

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On Voting … And Not

August 21, 2015

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Commentary: By Lee H. Hamilton The campaigning for next year’s elections is starting to draw more attention, and with it comes a focus on voters and their mood. Which is all well and good, but it leaves out of the equation one large bloc of citizens: people who are eligible to vote, but don’t. Over […]

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A Vision for Ferguson, Baltimore, L.A. and Everywhere

August 14, 2015

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Commentary: By Gloria Walton This month, the nation will acknowledge two political milestones. On Aug. 9, we marked the one-year anniversary of the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri. Two days later, we marked the 50th anniversary of the uprising in Watts. A third civil disturbance, located in time between these two, offers lessons learned from the […]

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Lions and Tigers and Activists, Oh My!

August 14, 2015

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By Nancy Landa Mundo Citizen It has been a busy year and part of the reason for writing sporadically is because activism has become a priority in my life. I wished I could have written more about my work in the past year, perhaps in the future I will, but in Mexico, we experience “Momentum” […]

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Civil and Human Rights Coalition Applauds the Striking Down of Texas’s Discriminatory Voter Law Ahead of 50th Anniversary of the VRA

August 7, 2015

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Wade Henderson, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement after the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down Texas’s voter ID law as racially discriminatory after years of drawn out litigation: “The Leadership Conference applauds Monday’s decision in the Texas voter ID case, but the […]

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Why We Must Defend Planned Parenthood

July 31, 2015

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Commentary: By Rep. Chris Taylor When I went to work as the legislative director for Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin in 2003, I was unprepared for the attacks this venerable women’s health-care group experiences on a routine basis. There are organizations solely dedicated to shutting down Planned Parenthood, and more pop up every day. Even before […]

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