Facing Race 2012: We Are the Majority and We Demand Justice

November 20, 2012 By: seeta Category: 2012 Election, Anti-Racism, Civil Rights, Immigration, Intersectionality, LGBTQ, Poverty

From Racialicious:

The 2012 elections, said Applied Research Center Executive Director Rinku Sen, demonstrated that the allegiances between communities of color are gaining not only strength, but speed–turning back the Three Strikes law and the posse of Republican rape deniers, turning the war on women into a meme and, last but not least, helping Barack Obama win a second term as president.

“Paul Ryan says it was the ‘urban vote’ that did this, not the issues,” Sen said as she opened this year’s Facing Race conference. “We know what the ‘urban vote’ is. But it was not the ‘urban vote,’ it was the majority vote. It was the majority vote that is telling Paul Ryan, in the words of people more polite than I, where he can stick those issues.”

With the election over, said Sen, the publisher of Colorlines, this new majority has the ability to not just win accountability from its elected officials, but to “blowing up” the ladder of racial hierarchy and challenging the notion of racism and tribalism as endemic.

Gwen Ifill Livid About Being Passed Over for Presidential Debates

August 19, 2012 By: seeta Category: 2012 Election, Anti-Racism, Civil Rights, White Privilege

From the Grio:

A growing chorus of critics is decrying the Commission of Presidential Debates’ decision to not include a single journalist of color among the presidential (and vice presidential) debate moderators this year.

This week it was revealed that Jim Lehrer, Bob Schieffer, Candy Crowley and Martha Raddatz would moderate the 2012 debates in the fall. This announcement was slammed by the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) and the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies.

Representatives of the Spanish language network Univision have also expressed displeasure with the lack of debate moderator diversity.

Now, reportedly, a celebrated black journalist, who has moderated vice presidential debates in the past, is speaking out as well.

“I was indeed disappointed,” PBS’ Gwen Ifill told the New York Times, which reports that she is “livid” about not being offered a role as a moderator this year despite the fact that Lehrer had previously said he didn’t want the job and she had ably filled the role during the 2004 and 2008 debates.

New Orleans women’s health advocacy organization regroups after arson attack

June 06, 2012 By: seeta Category: Anti-Racism, Civil Rights, Economic Terrorism, Intersectionality, Poverty

From Institute for Southern Studies:

A New Orleans nonprofit that works to address the HIV/AIDS crisis among women of color is regrouping after its offices were destroyed by arson last month, opening a temporary office today in a nearby church.

The attack comes amid a spate of violence against women’s health organizations across the South.

On May 24, someone broke into the building where Women With a Vision (WWAV) rented office space, setting it on fire. No one was injured in the blaze, but the group lost most of its office equipment and outreach material.

“They really got the room of the office that they thought was at the heart of our work, and so we do feel like it was intentional,” said WWAV Executive Director Deon Haywood (in photo).

WWAV was founded in 1991 by a grassroots collective of African-American women in response to the spread of HIV/AIDS in communities of color. The organization provides education and resources to individuals engaging in high-risk behaviors including injection drug use and unsafe sex practices.

WWAV also advocates for the human rights of sex workers, calling for an end to the local district attorney’s use of a centuries-old “crimes against nature” law to charge people arrested for sex work with felonies and to force them to register as sex offenders.

“We’ve had some issues with people not liking our work, or feeling like why are we helping certain populations of people — you know, formerly incarcerated people, people struggling with addiction, or poor or low-income women of color, and the transgender community,” said Haywood.