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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.

On Stigma, Disability and Caregiving: A Love Song

By Sarah Macaraeg

 “Memory is your body as it was in the world and the world as it was and will be.” Hilton Als

 

When I was eleven, my brother came home from the Army. Like many veterans, he returned to small town life an entirely different person, but his was a metamorphosis driven not by war and not even by militarism. He came home with an honorable discharge and a diagnosis of schizophrenia.

There had been a phone call prior. In my memory I see my mom answering, notice her hand clenching the phone, fingers wrapping around the cord, voice shaking. My brother was hospitalized, someone from the Veterans Administration told her, at the Great Lakes Naval Hospital outside of Chicago.

He was departing to a base in Germany when I last saw him, and on his way out the door I offered him a newly-minted carefully scissor-cut school photo of me. I had considered the exact size appropriate, in the serious way of 6th graders. He smiled, I remember, and placed the photo in a Velcro wallet where it fit perfectly and sat alongside little else, bringing it with him to Europe. (more…)

Serve the People at the Bottom: Yuri Kochiyama

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

World Cup: The Underlying Implications

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

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

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?

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

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