A Death Retold: Q&A with Filmmaker Ryan Coogler

Question & Answer, Lani Conway, New America Media Editor’s Note: At this year’s Sundance Film Festival, 26-year-old filmmaker Ryan Coogler makes his feature debut with “Fruitvale,” a drama inspired by the real-life killing of Oscar Grant by Bay Area Rapid Transit police on New Year’s Day, 2009. With big-name participation by producer Forest Whitaker and […]

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Newtown Exposes Double Standard Toward Youth Violence

Blog / Commentary by Asani Shakur The Connecticut school shooting is such a tragedy, but I find it ironic because things like this have happened a lot in our community — maybe not 20 kids at a time, but one kid killed is one too many. The killing of children shouldn’t happen on either side […]

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Thoughts on Gun Violence, in the Wake of Newtown

Blog / Commentary by Yasmine Elsafy The recent tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut that left 28 people dead — 20 of them children – has dominated the news cycle. Less known, however, is that while Newtown was the worst massacre of children in our nation’s history, it only one of sixteen mass shootings […]

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What Big Soda Didn’t Buy

Op-Ed, Daniel Zingale Big Soda spent big bucks. That’s how it defeated ballot measures to create soda taxes in two California towns. In Richmond, in the Bay Area, and in El Monte, east of Los Angeles, the measures would have added a penny-an-ounce tax on soda. Had the taxes passed, they were projected to raise […]

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Activistas Indocumentados se Organizan con CCISCO

Reportaje, Malcolm Marshall Era una noche de lunes en noviembre en la oficina de la Organización Interreligiosa Apoyando la Comunidad de Contra costa (CCISCO por sus siglas en inglés) en Richmond, y los miembros de Lideres Comunitarios Organizando a Dreamers Indocumentados (CLOUD por sus siglas en inglés), se unieron para ayudar a las personas interesadas […]

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