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.

A Little Racial Discrimination With Your Nightly News?

bill_oreilly_media_matters.png Last week we reported back to you from the protest of Fox News’ racist smears against the Obama’s and Black America. It seems only fitting that Media Matters released their gender and ethnic diversity study of the three major news outlets yesterday.

Black in America Misses the ‘Why’

CNNBlackInAmerica.jpgThis post originally appeared on the Youth Speak South Shore blog.

Black in America Misses the ‘Why’ by Stephen Gardner

Both Ways Barack: That's the best they could think of?

A conservative political group, Let Freedom Ring, was the first to air a political campaign ad on MTV last week.

Hijab or Job Says McDonald's


Two Muslim women in Dearborn, Michigan filed suit against McDonald’s for not hiring them because of their hijabs. The young women were told by McDonald’s management that they had to choose between wearing their hijab or working at the fast food chain. The suit brings much needed attention to the pervasive racial discrimination in the food service industry across the United States.

Lettin' the Racism Hang Out


My roommate wakes up every morning and scans the web for the best news of the day. By the time I wake up, she has usually pared it down to one, oh so special story, to brighten my day. This morning’s number was particularly disturbing: Amy Winehouse’s racist version of “Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes.”

A New America


Raids a Reminder of Historical Backlash Against Immigrants

I’m not “the sky is falling type” but if I were an undocumented immigrant, that’s definitely how I’d feel right about now. Immigrant communities around the country are being attacked by ICE, the criminal justice system, legislators, vigilante groups, and the list goes on.

Show Us The Food!


Immigrants' 'Fair Exchange' With Banks Falls Short

With the primary presidential elections taking the top political news seat, immigration reform has been temporarily put on the back burner. But that doesn’t mean groups aren’t still fighting for the rights of millions of immigrants in the US. A Washington-based advocacy and research group, Appleseed, released a guide for banks to set up equitable remittance systems they have branded “Fair Exchange,” playing off the increasingly popular term “Fair Trade.”

Avoiding Race, Sarkozy Blames France Riots on 'Thugocracy'

Sadly, it’s not surprising that in the aftermath of the second round of French riots in two years, President Sarkozy unabashedly reveals the deep-seeded racism that plagues France (and the rest of the world). Just a few months ago, Sarkozy told a room full of University students, many Black, that Africans are not part of history, they are willfully ignorant, and constantly repeating their mistakes.

Bobby Jindal - Attack of the "Model Minority"


This past weekend Louisiana elected its first governor of color since Reconstruction. Unfortunately, we don’t have reason to celebrate a person of color and child of immigrants taking over the state where racism has destroyed countless lives in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Hill v. Thomas and Sanders v. Thomas: How much has really changed?




Anita Hill


 Anucha Brown Sanders

 “Political pawn”


“Embittered ex-employee” “Aggressive, angry, unruly behind closed doors”


“Aggressive, angry, unruly behind closed doors”

 Clarence Thomas


Isiah Thomas

 1991 Supreme Court

Out of the Box Public Service

ROC_NY.jpg Restaurant Daniel workers Mohammed Mollik Miah, Ignacio Garcia and Jose Gomez with Councilmember Dan Garodnick, borough president Scott Stringer, and ROC representatives Rekha Eanni and Saru Jayaraman. Gomez, who thanked Garodnick on behalf of all Restaurant Daniel workers, was employed for ten years without a promotion before injuring himself on the job.

Marcia Smith - INNOVATOR

The Executive Director of Firelight Media on documentary filmmaking, the YouTube revolution and her new film, Jonestown.

The Young Adult Boom

The potential of the young adult market has not gone unnoticed by famous writers. But it’s a mixed bag for teens of color.