Debayani Kar

The Politics of Fear and Hate: Dealing with Islamophobia in The South Asian Community

boy_protest_sign.jpgThis piece originally appeared on Race-Talk. In the nearly 10 years since September 11, progressive writers of color have written a great deal about Islamophobia and the U.S. wars against majority Muslim countries. A lot of this commentary has centered on white mainstream politics and the U.S.

Why Would You Sell Your Food Stamps? [VIDEO]

ARC researcher and ColorLines journalist Seth Wessler joined Carmen Cordero of Vecinos Unidos, Irasema Garza of Legal Momentum, and Wanda Fossett of Community Voices Heard on GRITtv to discuss food stamps, poverty and why this might be the best opportunity we have to rebuild the social safety net.

Welfare Recipients Forced to Sell Food Stamps to Buy Basic Necessities

ARC researcher and ColorLines journalist Seth Wessler joined Luz Santana of Vecinos Unidos on Democracy Now! this morning to discuss how people, especially women and mothers, are making ends meet through the recession.

California Lawmakers Fail the Grade

CAreportcardcover_021110.jpgApplied Research Center publishes its fifth edition of the “California Legislative Report Card on Racial Equity” today, as people of color look to legislative solutions to pull their communities out of the recession. Unfortunately, California lawmakers are failing the grade.

Green the Recovery: Expand Green Jobs to Women and Communities of Color

greenjobsOR01_28_10.jpgThe folks over at are having a contest to gather ‘ideas for change in America.’ Have a good idea? You can submit yours at Over at the Applied Research Center, we came up with the following. Do you agree? Then vote it into the Top 10 at

How to Help Haiti, Today and Beyond

haiti-medicine11410.jpgHelping Today Partners in Health "Currently, our greatest need is financial support. Haiti is facing a crisis worse than it has seen in years, and it is a country that has faced years of crisis, both natural disaster and otherwise.

'The Garden' Sows Seeds of Struggle

thegarden12_26_09.gifThe Garden is a warmly portrayed moving documentary film that follows the real-life story of the South Central Farmers Cooperative in Los Angeles. The well-publicized fight of the farmers to maintain control of their land lent itself as an ideal film narrative.

CIR ASAP? Get In Line

gutierrez12_15_09.jpgRepresentative Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) led the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, the Congressional Black Caucus, the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, and the Congressional Progressive Caucus in formally introducing their bill today for comprehensive immigration reform.

System Change Not Climate Change

Thumbnail image for Mari Rose Copenhagen.jpgClimate justice activists from around the U.S. led by communities of color were part of the 100,000-strong protest march in Copenhagen this past Saturday.

All Politics Is Local: Community Solutions for Climate Justice

greening_detroit12_07_09.jpgThere’s so much to say about the climate change negotiations beginning in Copenhagen, Denmark today, that there is almost nothing left to be said.

Reddy Case: 10 Years On, Violence Against Women of Color Continues

Violence against women of color is often reported out of context. The deeper social and economic injustices at work are overlooked.

Greening L.A.

GreeningLA11_19_09.jpgThough President Obama hopes to create five million green jobs within a decade, women and people of color will be left out without active policies to ensure participation. Blacks and Latinos comprise less than 30 percent of those employed in green industries and occupations. Black women are employed in only 1.5 percent of jobs in the energy sector, with Latino and Asian women employed at 1.0 percent and 0.7 percent, respectively.

2012: A Race Odyssey

2012movie11_18_09.jpg** Spoiler Alert! In case you might actually watch this movie. ** Say what you want, but "2012" succeeded in at least one respect; it put forth strong characters of color in less than stereotypical roles. Though the movie is largely a predictable Hollywood blockbuster. Danny Glover plays the U.S. president, who chooses to stay and await the end of the world with the masses.

La Liga Global: Asserting Migrant Economic Power

RitualImmigrantFamilies11_13_09.jpgThe Obama administration made another pronouncement today about immigration reform being taken up in 2010. Apart from the valid critiques of whether or not proposed changes will truly constitute “comprehensive immigration reform,” there is a deeper question.

Weatherization in New York Creates Jobs, Opportunity

Weatherization. The word doesn't exactly roll off the tongue. But as Green for All demonstrates in its new video produced in partnership with Good Magazine, weatherization is not only a key component of reducing energy consumption but it can provide good, green jobs. ARC will release a Green Equity Toolkit on November 10th to help community organizations, public agencies and individuals maximize and share the benefits of green economy jobs like these.

Moby Nearly Shames California Into Funding Domestic Violence Shelters

The California state legislature voted yesterday to restore funding to domestic violence shelters, which had been entirely cut from Governor Schwarzenegger’s July budget.

Florida: No Job Creation, No Stimulation

Today, Vice President Joe Biden announced specific benchmarks that the federal government will use to determine whether the Recovery Act has been a success. But none of his benchmarks include numbers of jobs created.

At the G-20, Real Solutions Off the Table; Accidental American Shows the Way

Today and tomorrow, leaders of the Group of 20 Nations, or G-20, are meeting in Pittsburgh for the latest in a series of meetings intended to address the global economic crisis. The global recession has shifted the nature of these conversations; neoliberal policies, though not entirely discredited by global policymakers, are at least in retreat.

The Accidental American's Rinku Sen on our Broken Immigration Narrative, Post-9/11

Moroccan-born waiter Fekkak Mamdouh’s life was thrown into turmoil after September 11th, when Windows on the World, the restaurant he worked at in the World Trade Center, was destroyed. The book about his immigrant experience in the aftermath of September 11th provided the foundation for The Accidental American: Immigration and Citizenship in the Age of Globalization by Rinku Sen and Fekkak Mamdouh (Berrett-Koehler 2008).

Republican Witnesses Against Sotomayor Include Arab-American Internment Endorser

The Senate Judiciary Committee today released the witness list called by Democrats and Republicans for next week’s confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor. The Republican-picked lineup is disappointingly unsurprising, especially when given that the committee's ranking member, Sen.