Megan Izen Megan received her degree in Women’s and Gender Studies and Mathematics from Sonoma State University in 2005. Megan was the Editorial Assistant for ColorLines Magazine and the Program Coordinator for Mamas & Papas, an LGBT family discussion group in San Francisco, CA. Her writing has been published by ColorLines, RaceWire, alternet.org and New America Media.

Internment in America

arpaio.jpg I want to thank Joe Arpaio. He puts the proper face on sadistic anti-immigrant groups across the country. The Maricopa County Sheriff has brought the issue of immigration and inhumane detention centers to the forefront. Placing over two-hundred immigrant detainees in a Tent City, segregating them from US born incarcerated people, he has exposed our modern day internment camps.

Napolitano: Friend or Foe?

napolitano.jpg With the appointment of several key folks to Obama’s inner circle and his meeting with Mexican President Felipe Calderon, immigration is making a comeback. Last week, immigrant rights advocates in both faith and labor communities were hopeful about the possibility of comprehensive immigration reform within the coming year.

On a Toxic Flight

south-african-airways.jpg Buried deep in the Health Tips section of South African Airways website is a small notice from the World Health Organization that requires them to disinsect the cabin of certain aircraft. They don’t tell you this when you buy your ticket or even before boarding the plane.

Romney: Don't Bailout Detroit

detroitfactory.jpg I’m not going to pretend that I have a full understanding of the bailout plan the auto industry requested from Congress yesterday. I haven’t read enough yet. That said, I was disturbed by Mitt Romney’s Op Ed in the New York Times this morning.

Lessons From Prop 8

Seems like everyone has been weighing in across the country on the passage of Proposition 8 in California. Out of that has grown a disturbing trend to blame Black voters who came out in support of Obama for the anti-gay legislation.

Voting in Brooklyn, NY

brooklyn polls1.jpgPS 10 polling place was relatively quiet today compared to PS 9 across Park Slope where hundreds of people lined up early this morning to vote. More than 10 districts were represented at the Brooklyn school which created some confusion.

Too Poor to Parent?

This post originally appeared on The Huffington Post. Too Poor to Parent? by Gaylynn Burroughs A child accidentally falls off his top bunk. His mother worries. The child says his knee hurts, and it looks like a bruise is forming on his arm. His mother wants a doctor to see the child, but hesitates for a moment about taking her son to the hospital emergency room.