Gina Acebo

Gina Acebo Gina is the Network and Events Coordinator of the Applied Research Center. She received degrees in Political Science and Ethnic Studies from the University of California at Berkeley and cut her teeth as a student organizer fighting for fair admissions for students of color. As a MAAP intern of the Center for Third World Organizing (CTWO) in 1987, she worked with the Black Women's Health Project in Portland, OR and organized displaced Filipino senior citizens in the Bay Area. As one of the first participants of the AFL-CIO Organizing Institute, she worked with Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union in Virginia, Texas, Georgia, and Louisiana and returned to the West Coast to work as a full-time field organizer of Service Employees International Union organizing health care workers. From 1992-1999, Gina served as a senior organizer and trainer of C

Love, Exciting and New: Van Jones Tells Glenn Beck to Come Aboard -- We're Expecting You

Van Jones shows that the work to bring racial equity to the green economy is not over, but in our hands... and in our collective hands, the work must be guided by love. Take that Glenn. (Listen to Glenn Beck's response after the jump.)

Estria Invitational Graffiti Battle: Don't Sweat The Technique

gina-acebo-racewire-green.jpg West Oakland’s deFremery Park pulsated with color, sound, and people this last Saturday with the 3rd Estria Invitational Graffiti Battle. Taking place in conjunction with Youth Speak’s “Living is Life Festival” by Marc Bamuthi, 16 of the most talented graffiti artists from around the country brought their artistic game to the canvas, creating larger than life im

Obama and Willie Mays: The Men of Summer

obama-mays2.jpgPresident Barack Obama talks with baseball great Willie Mays aboard Air Force One en route to the MLB All-Star Game in St. Louis, July 14, 2009.

U.S. Congress On Slavery: We're Sorry...Again*

*Disclaimer: But don't expect any funded mandates for real change. waving_flags_e.gif Today is Juneteenth, the national recognition of the ending of slavery in the United States. What makes this year's commemoration fascinating for me is that yesterday marked the U.S. Senate's unanimous vote to offer a formal apology for slavery.

Listen in on "Journalist Webinar Briefing: Closing the Racial Wealth Gap"

In April 2009, Jose Garcia of Demos posted in RaceWire that "social investment policies in the past have failed to provide a hand up for families of color in the United States, creating a racial wealth gap that persists today." This is especially true when you look at how the disproportionate rate of foreclosure compound the deep and growing wealth divide in the recent report Race and Recession: How Inequity Rigged the Economy and How to Change the Ru

UAFA Would Keep Shirley Tan with her Partner and Kids

This is Shirley Tan, testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing for the Uniting American Families Act (UAFA). UAFA would allow U.S. citizens and permanent residents to sponsor their same-sex partners for family-based immigration. Tan fled to the U.S. after her mother and sister were violently attacked and murdered in her native country of the Philippines; she and her life partner of 23 years, Jay Mercado, have been raising their twin sons in Pacifica, California.

Remembering Professor Takaki, An Activist, Educator and Pioneer

rontakaki.jpg As we come to the end of this year's Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM), I want to take a moment to remember UC Berkeley Ethnic Studies Professor Ronald Takaki who passed away today. Now truth be told, I was a wily undergrad student, looking for opportunities to learn more off campus rather than in the classroom itself, but Professor Takaki's class tapped into something different for me.

Manong Al Has Left the Building...

Manong Al Robles passed away yesterday. Now he and Bill Sorro our gone, both whose work with the I-Hotel struggle are what I'd consider essential "people's history." He was a tireless organizer on behalf of seniors, especially the first generation Pilipinos, my grandparents compadres and comadres.

All That Glitters Isn't Gold... and It Definitely Ain't Post Racial Bliss

by Gina Acebo I don't watch 30 Rock, but I've enjoyed Tina Fey's impersonation of Sarah Palin during the 2008 election season. But this bit at the Golden Globes? I'm not lovin' it. Likely reaction of the room to the comedic bit: folks are smiling politely across the table, picking at their Golden Globe desserts, and whispering to fellow guests, "Well, I did vote for Barack Obama... that counts for something, yes?" Hmmm.... Bottomline: I'd bet my lunch money that Tracy Morgan's every day experiences in Hollywood and beyond are a far cry from post racial ANYTHING.

Dear Supposed and Still Undecided White Feminist Allies:

by gacebo Now that John McCain's selected Sarah Palin as his VP for the national election, I just have one question: How ya' gonna throw down now? Sincerely, A Woman of Color for Women's Liberation and Racial Justice P.S. By the way, it's not an either/or on racial justice and women's liberation. Perhaps we need a history lesson, via Melissa Harris Lacewell. Check it.

On the 20th Anniversary of H.R. 442

by gacebo Forgive me... is all that you can say Years go by and still The words won't come easily Like forgive me, forgive me - Tracy Chapman August 10th marks the 20th Anniversary of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988 when legislation known as H.R. 442 provided an official apology and individual payments of $20,000 from the U.S. government to about 60,000 Japanese Americans who were interned during World War II.