Yvonne Yen Liu is a senior researcher at the Applied Research Center, a racial justice think and action tank, which publishes Colorlines.com. In addition to contributing regularly to Colorlines.com, Yvonne has been published in Yes Magazine, In These Times, and Alternet. She serves on the board of SmartMeme and the advisory committee for the Food Chain Workers Alliance.
Yvonne has a BA in cultural anthropology from Columbia University and a MA degree in sociology from the CUNY Graduate Center, where she pursued a PhD.
Yvonne considers herself part of the post-Seattle generation, global justice activists both influenced and critical of the anti-WTO mobilizations. She cofounded NYC Summer, a youth of color organizing school, and served on the boards of WBAI 99.5 FM
California’s only auto plant will reopen, this time producing electric cars. Tesla Motors announced yesterday that they purchased the shuttered NUMMI factory in Fremont, California with a $50 million investment from Toyota. Advocates for a green economy see this as a victory, an investment in manufacturing and job creation for the Bay Area.
Mary Kay Henry has been appointed the new president of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), the fastest-growing union, and the one representing janitors, homecare workers, and security guards–a huge number of whom are people of color. Her predecessor Andy Stern leaves behind a conflicting, often troubled legacy.
Say it. Tiger Woods has a thing for white women. That’s the unspoken message haunting photos documenting Tiger Woods’ fall from grace: a series of white women, some blonde, others brunette, but all clearly racialized as white.