July 30, 2009 ColorLines Direct. News and commentary from ColorLines magazine and RaceWire blog.


Green Jobs for Navajo Youth:
Q & A with Nikke Alex
Nikke Alex, youth organizer with Navajo Green Jobs and the Black Mesa Water Coalition, tells us how a youth-led campaign passed green legislation that will help bring back jobs to the reservation.


Portraits of Black Trans Men
Accomplished blogger and filmmaker, Kortney Ryan Ziegler noticed that movies about transgender people ignored the stories of Black people. Last year, Ziegler directed Still Black: A Portrait of Black TransMen, a film that examines the degree to which gender is fluid but race isn’t.

racewireCNN’s Black in America 2: Individual Solutions
Daisy Hernandez reviews CNN’s Black in America 2 and writes about the good, the bad and the ugly.

In Communities of Color, Pollution Looms over Growing Minds
In some New York City neighborhoods, kids may be set back in school long before they ever enter a classroom, thanks to dirty air. A new study by the Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health draws a connection between prenatal exposure to neighborhood air pollutants and future IQ scores.

Wal-Mart, When Pushed, Agrees to Respect Muslim Worker’s Rights
Earlier this week, Wal-Mart rehired a Muslim employee in Minnesota, whom the store had initially fired for disobeying a ban on prayer during work breaks.

Reflections on Jimmy Carter’s Departure from the SBC
ARC’s Darlene Pagano reflects on former President Jimmy Carter’s announcement that he has left the Southern Baptist Convention as his faith home, because of their yet-again-affirmed statement that women may not serve as deacons, pastors or military chaplains.

Rinku Sen, Executive Director of ARC and Publisher of ColorLines Magazine at Netroots Nation
Will you be in Pitttsburgh for Netroots? ARC’s Rinku Sen will be at the national progressive blogger conference Friday, August 14th 2009.

“Reverse Racism”: Word Distracts from the Big White Elephant of Systemic Racism

ARC’s Terry Keleher digs into the term and explains that ‘reverse racism’ is nothing more than a way for those in power to change the subject away from systemic racism, a system that puts people of color at a disadvantage from birth until death.


ColorLines Direct is the weekly news update of the Applied Research Center (ARC) sent to subscribers, supporters and participants in ARC’s activities. ARC publishes ColorLines Magazine, and most recently hosted The Compact for Racial Justice Phone Forums.

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