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

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 images that spoke to the theme

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 Rules

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.