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Race, Class, & Immigration

The intersectionality of racism, classism, and immigration policy is as pertinent today as in the past. Who is deemed legal and illegal, afforded full citizenship rights or not, is almost always determined by master-class politics and race.

Do you understand? The mishearing of LGBT refugees’ stories

By Katherine Fobear

I want to talk about stories. From the simplest story of a trip down to the grocery store to the local news story on the radio as we drive into work, stories permeate and create our everyday lives.

Stories matter.

They matter to us on a personal level, a social level, and on a political level. They help us to tell others who we are and who we wish we were.

Stories matter especially for refugees. Refugees make sense of their past and present and craft their identities both in their new places of residence and their home countries through the sharing of stories. For those forced to migrate from their home and resettle elsewhere, a refugee’s story serves as a fundamental link between the past, present, and future. The nurturing and forging of these links help refugees and their communities heal personally and socially. Aid workers, activists, and academics working in conflict areas call this process social repair.

When refugees share their stories with each other they build a sense of belonging and community by creating a bond among individuals through communal experiences, beliefs, and stories. Sharing a story can be therapeutic for the individual as well as the group as people share and witness the hardships of transplantation and emigration to a foreign land or culture. (more…)

Serve the People at the Bottom: Yuri Kochiyama

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By Scott Kurashige The following is a tribute to Japanese-American activist Yuri Kochiyama who died on June 1, 2014. I am one of thousands whose lives were immensely touched by Yuri Kochiyama. Not all of those people are Asian American, … Continue reading

Lampedusa boat tragedy: a survivor’s story

Repost from the Guardian. Last October a boat went down off the Italian island of Lampedusa, killing 366 migrants on board. What happened next? This is the story of Fanus, a survivor and one of thousands of people who flee Eritrea every year … Continue reading

The Evolution of American Revolutionary

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By Grace Lee I first met Grace Lee Boggs in 2000 while filming The Grace Lee Project, a personal documentary that took me on a journey to unpack the model minority stereotype of Asian Americans. I interviewed dozens of women … Continue reading

World Cup: The Underlying Implications

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By Jonathan Romero, Contributing Editor, Race, Class, and Immigration “It’s your world, my world, our world today and we invite the…whole world to play” so goes the official 2014 World Cup song “We Are One” by Cuban artist Pitbull, featuring … Continue reading

In search of the activist academic

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By Shayna Plaut, Contributing Editor, Human Rights When people ask me “what do you do?” meaning “what do you do for a living?” I find I have two options for how to respond. One is to look proudly in their … Continue reading

Why I Didn’t “Make It Out” the Hood

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By David Turner III. PhD Student, Social and Cultural Studies in Education, University of California-Berkeley You want to know what bothers me? When I tell someone where I’m from, and they respond with, “oh, so you got out [the hood],” … Continue reading

Lupita: One Small Step for Dark Girls?

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By Stephanie Shonekan, Contributing Editor, Art, Music & Pop Culture In the week of April 21, 2014 People Magazine announced their long anticipated choice of “Most Beautiful Woman” Lupita Nyongo. It was not unexpected because the Kenyan actress had become … Continue reading

Freedom through Exile: The Unfolding Stories of Cambodian Son

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By Shayna Plaut, Contributing Editor, Human Rights Three years after a meeting in the bustling streets of Phnom Phen when the co-founders of Studio Revolt, Masahiro Sugano and Anida Yoeu Ali, first “experienced” Kosal Khiev’s poetry, a documentary about his … Continue reading