Megan Izen

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, and New America Media.
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Can 9-1-1 Protocols Protect Us From 'Barbecue Beckys'?

White people calling the police on people of color for simply existing isn’t just annoying. It can be dangerous. Could the solution lie in how 9-1-1 workers dispatch calls?

Obama Death Threaths Up 400% From Former Presidents


A few weeks ago, my 82-year-old grandma expressed her dismay at Glenn Beck’s racist attacks against the President and asked me ‘What’s happening to this country?’

Sexposed: Olympic Double Standards for Black Women


Rinku Sen on the Racial Dialogue in US

ARC’s Rinku Sen weighs in on the country’s racial dialogue with an Obama administration from the Washington Post. holderobama.jpg Top Officials Expand The Dialogue on Race Month’s Celebrations Evoke a Mix of Views By Krissah Thompson

Internment in America


Immigration Detention Reform Moves to Front Burner

detention2.jpg By Roberto Lovato

Originally posted to New America Media

Yes We Can! Stop the Raids!

One Step Forward, Two Steps Back


To all those who say we have reached a post-racial era…

Reasons to Watch the Academy Awards

the garden.jpgThe Garden

Immigrants March for Reform in DC

Napolitano: Friend or Foe?


Listen to Rinku Sen Live on KSFR Radio Tonight

Tune in tonight at 7:40PM EST to hear Rinku Sen and Fekkak Mamdouh live at They’ll be talking about their book, The Accidental American, with Diego Mulligan, host of The Journey Home.

Turning Back the Clocks on Racial Justice

gavel.jpg There’s certainly something in the air making crazy things happen. Yesterday, Mukasey stripped immigrants of their right to counsel and due process. Today, the Supreme Court has ruled to reevaluate whether the 1965 Voting Rights Acts is necessary to protect voters of color.

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


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

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PS 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.

When Will It End?

raids.jpg After ending its self-deportation last week, ICE outdid itself with the largest single-business raid in US history, beating its previous record set earlier this year in Pottsville, Iowa detaining nearly 600 people.

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.