Colorlines - Mon, 11/18/2013 - 19:12
Nearly half of the estimated 47 million people who rely on food stamps are children, and a new interactive map from the Pew Charitable Trust breaks down those numbers state by state. SNAP benefits were cut by $5 billion on November 1, and the South, where close to 20 percent of the overall population uses food stamps, was the hardest hit region in the country. In Mississippi, 22 percent of the population relies on SNAP benefits, 370,000 of whom are children, and 119,000 of whom are elderly or disabled people. But states like Oregon, New Mexico and Maine also have high numbers of people relying on food stamps, and Congress is still considering even deeper cuts. Check out the map on Stateline.
(h/t NPR's The Salt)
Colorlines - Mon, 11/18/2013 - 16:02
Los Angeles-based chef Roy Choi is careful to talk about his success as a blessing for which he's grateful, but he can't hide the excitement in his voice when he talks about Kogi, the fleet of Korean taco trucks that he co-created with friends Mark Manguera and Caroline Shin in 2008. The first Kogi truck has become one of L.A.'s most popular hotspots--Newsweek called it "America's first viral eatery." And Kogi eventually spawned two restaurants, Chego and The A-Frame.
Choi says people have repeatedly asked him how he came up with such a distinctive flavor. He's answered with this month's "L.A. Son: My Life, My City, My Food" (HarperCollins), a book that's part memoir, part cookbook. In it, Choi reveals that his fusion of food and cultures comes naturally to him because, as a second-generation Korean-American who grew up among L.A.'s Latinos, bicultural fluency is what he knows best. In this interview, the celebrity chef dishes on the new flavor of America.
Did you know that your book would be a big deal while you were writing it?
Maybe it's a chef's instinct, but if I'm cooking something really delicious there's a moment when [I] know it's going to be something special. I had that same moment when I was writing the book with [food writers] Tien [Nguyen] and Sasha [Phan]. I would call them up and I would say, 'Man, we're onto something here!' And they would always tell me not to jinx it. But I knew we were locked into a voice, a perspective and an honesty that was pretty rare.
What's the most meaningful reaction you've gotten so far?
The most special moment I've had so far was up at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park because all the students came out. Some of them even cut class to be there. That eagerness was awesome to feel because sometimes as adults, especially in the workplace, you get jaded. ... It was also awesome to see their lives now, before they graduate, and just imagine where some of them are going to be in 15 years. They might be revolutionaries in this field and they don't even know it yet.
Why did you focus on fusing foods and cultures? Why not just have a Korean food truck or a Mexican taco truck?
Well, Kogi was an idea that my partners came up with, but the reason it evolved the way it did was because I'm not from Korea. I was born there, but I was raised in L.A. I don't even speak Korean, but I'm Korean. I grew up around Latinos, but I'm not Latino. The thing about Los Angeles is we can be whoever we want to be. In many ways, we have our own culture but we don't thump our chest with it. ... What it means to be Los Angeles, it means that things just mesh together and they can actually change. That's the whole ethos of our city.
With L.A. being this place where so many different cultures come together, what do you think that models for the country and for the rest of the world?
Well, the difference is that our city celebrates growth. We don't look backwards. We don't have this long lineage of history that we're trying to protect or we don't want to see dissipate. We're a city of immigrants, as well. Not only do you have a city itself that was built off of the Gold Rush and through the Wild West and Hollywood, but you also have a town of immigrants where the whole culture of leaving your home, completely erasing it, and disconnecting from everything that you are and starting all over again. You start over as whole new human being and I think that's fascinating to think of as a culture. I think of my parents and my immigrants that come through, the young families that work in my restaurant, the lives they had before this and how they just uprooted and left and then started a whole new life. I think that part is something that could help other areas as far as politics go, the fact that we don't hold onto things. We're willing to change things if it makes sense at the moment.
Last question. It's 2 a.m. and someone wants to go get something to eat in L.A., where do they go?
They would go to a taco truck. In Koreatown you'd go to El Taurino and get carne asada tacos and horchata.
New America Media - Mon, 11/18/2013 - 12:10
There’s been as much myth as fact regarding John F. Kennedy’s civil rights legacy in the more than fifty years before, during and especially after his assassination on November 22, 1963. In the days before he delivered his now famed... Earl Ofari Hutchinson http://publisher.namx.org/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=103
New America Media - Sun, 11/17/2013 - 20:27
UPDATED Story - Nov. 20, 2013 & VIDEO LINK SAN FRANCISCO — A week after Super Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda, one of the strongest tropical cyclones in recorded history barreled through central Philippines, Filipino-American community members gathered at the Philippine Consulate... Text: Odette Keeley, Video: Odette Keeley, Sean Shavers & Valerie Klinker http://publisher.namx.org/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=103
New America Media - Sun, 11/17/2013 - 12:00
above photo: Writer Sharline Chiang (photo courtesy of Sharline Chiang)My mother called like she did every week. "How are you?" she asked in Mandarin."Fine," I lied."How's the baby?""Good." That was true.Then, once again, I rushed her off the phone. "I'd... Sharline Chiang http://publisher.namx.org/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=103
New America Media - Sat, 11/16/2013 - 12:10
It was Christmas Day, 2011, and Jeremy Lin was alone on a plane flying back home to Palo Alto, Calif. The second-year NBA player had just been placed on waivers again, this time by the Houston Rockets. Two days later,... Young Rae Kim http://publisher.namx.org/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=103
New America Media - Sat, 11/16/2013 - 12:00
above photo: From left to right, Larry Loo, director of business operations with the Chinese Community Health Plan, Peter Lee, executive director of Covered California, Angela Sun, executive director of Chinese Community Health Resource Center.SAN FRANCISCO – Eager to get... Viji Sundaram http://publisher.namx.org/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=103
New America Media - Sat, 11/16/2013 - 12:00
NAM Editor's Note: The following report was culled from a live youth chat and survey conducted by Youth Radio in collaboration with New America Media.Are you more likely to be bullied online or in person?Pose that question to 64 young... Bianca Brooks and Sophie Varon http://publisher.namx.org/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=103
Colorlines - Sat, 11/16/2013 - 01:43
A new memorandum issued by the Department of Homeland Security will now halt the deportation of spouses, parents and children of active duty service members, reservists, and veterans. The memo also allows those relatives to apply for permanent residence, often known as green card status.
Citing that soldiers face anxiety over family members' immigration status, the memo explains that the nation has made a committment to service members that starts at enlistment and continues through once service members become veterans. The new rules outlined in the nine-page document apply on a case-by-case basis, and those relatives accused or convicted of criminal charges are not guaranteed relief.
President Obama has already provided a temporary stay for certain undocumented youth under a program called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. The new memo makes it so that a permanent stay--and path to citizenship--is extended for military relatives. But many immigrants who do not fit into these categories are still targeted for detention and deportation.
In a statement today, National Day Laborer Organizing Network organizer Marissa Franco said, "We applaud the step and it underscores the truth that the President can and should do more, for all families. The President has the legal authority and the moral obligation to significantly expand upon the memo released today."
New America Media - Sat, 11/16/2013 - 00:50
Fifty thousand Chinese Americans rallied in 27 U.S. cities last Saturday to protest what they call racist comments made during the Jimmy Kimmel Live! show that airs on ABC. The show’s host and ABC have apologized for the unscripted comments... Staff http://publisher.namx.org/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=103
Colorlines - Fri, 11/15/2013 - 23:16
Colorlines - Fri, 11/15/2013 - 22:51
Latino leaders came together in Sonoma, Calif. yesterday to continue pushing local officials to address the death of 13-year-old Andy Lopez. Among the members of the Latino leadership group Los Cien was Irene Rosario, who argued that police attitudes towards the Latino community were similar to a "war zone," and are responsible for Lopez's killing.
The FBI recently opened an independent investigation into the shooting, and the Lopez family has also filed a civil rights lawsuit against Erick Gelhaus, the sheriff's deputy accused of shooting Lopez seven times while he was walking home from school carrying a toy gun. Gelhaus remains on leave from the Sonoma County Sheriff's Department, and some say he's unlikely to be charged. Lopez supporters have created a petition to call for the City Council to charge and remove Gelhaus from the police department, and continue to organize events and demonstrations via social media
Colorlines - Fri, 11/15/2013 - 21:06
Nearly a dozen years after the original "Best Man" became a classic, the sequel finally hits theaters today. Got a favorite scene or character from the original? We want to hear all about it in our live Twitter chat today at 1pm EST. Follow the hashtag #BestManHolidayChat to join in.
Colorlines - Fri, 11/15/2013 - 20:08
The man suspected of killing 19-year-old Renisha McBride nearly two weeks ago outside of Detroit, Michigan, has been charged. In a press conference today, Dearborn prosecutor Kym Worthy announced that 54-year-old Ted Wafer will be charged with three counts: second-degree murder, manslaughter and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.
Worthy explained Michigan's self defense law, and why it doesn't apply in this case, stating that her office does "not believe that [Wafer] acted in self-defense." Reporters asked several questions about that law in particular, but the prosecutor made clear that she did not want to make political statements at this time. McBride is black and Wafer is white--and activists have drawn similarities to this case and George Zimmerman's killing of Trayvon Martin. Worthy made clear, however, that she does not believe this case has anything to do with the race of those involved.
Wafer, who Worthy stated has been cooperative with authorities, has not yet been arrested. He's expected to turn himself in later today.
Colorlines - Fri, 11/15/2013 - 19:49
In the latest from filmmaker Frances Negrón-Muntaner, "Small City, Big Change" tells the story of the Latina/o activists who brought about the historic Transgender Equal Rights Bill in 2012. After a transgender woman was brutally attacked in the small town of Chelsea, Mass, the organization Mass Equality coordinated LGBTQ Latinos to organize social media campaigns, and speak directly with Chelsea representative Eugene O'Flaherty--who had opposed the bill for years. O'Flaherty was so moved by what he saw as the vulnerability of the LGBTQ community that he changed his position, and went on to champion and help pass the bill. The short film tells a powerful story of how grassroots activists can work with elected officials to bring about social and policy change. You can view the entire short film online.
New America Media - Fri, 11/15/2013 - 11:45
Every Thursday at the West County First 5 center in San Pablo, a group of about a dozen moms gathers to discuss the issues that matter most to them. The group, Kahawia Uzazi, which in Swhahili language means “brown parenting,”... Chanelle Ignant http://publisher.namx.org/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=103
Colorlines - Fri, 11/15/2013 - 02:04
Peggy Noland, a white designer from Kansas City who's worked with stars like Rihanna and Miley Cyrus, has a deeply problematic new project out: a ridiculous line of t-shirts and dresses featuring Oprah's head photoshopped onto nude bodies.
Why naked Oprah?
There's a David Nelson painting of the former mayor of Chicago, Harold Washington. He's nude except for women's lingerie. It caused this huge uproar in the late eighties in Chicago. It's kind of an updated version of that. We feel very protective of our public figures. We don't want them to be exposed that way, but we feel like they're ours, too. The simpler, more lighthearted idea is that it's like one of those bikini-printed beach shirts. I think there are some really meaningful philosophical layers. I can't believe I just said "philosophical" when talking about a dress. We share a humorous underpinning to all our work. That's why there's naked Oprah with a KISS face. It can nod to how ridiculous the fashion industry is at times.
The dress is anything but "lighthearted." She chose to use Oprah's image -- as the most powerful black woman in entertainment who's waged a very public battle over her weight throughout her career-- instead of, say, an actual designer, because it's something that will create a spectacle. Here's more on Nolan:
New America Media - Fri, 11/15/2013 - 00:16
Jackson, MS – While much of the scrutiny of the Affordable Care Act has been focused on the technical glitches of the October launch of the healthcare.gov website, Cover Mississippi, an amalgam of non-profit and private interests, has been working... Khalil Abdullah http://publisher.namx.org/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=69
Colorlines - Thu, 11/14/2013 - 23:53
Puerto Rican rappers/rockers Calle 13 continue their fierce criticism of government systems and oppression in their latest track "Multi_Viral," a collaboration with WikiLeaks' Julian Assange. Assange, who remains a controversial figure, seems to be making a habit of teaming up with hyper-political artists, recently giving the intro at M.I.A.'s New York City concert. The track, which also features Tom Morello from Rage Against the Machine and Palestinian artist Kamilya Jurban, broadly connects NSA spying with racism, environmental justice, government accountability and militarism. You can download the track for free on Remezcla.
New America Media - Thu, 11/14/2013 - 22:39
TACLOBAN CITY —The distribution of food, water and medicine to typhoon survivors here picked up speed on Thursday after a barrage of criticisms from aid workers and the Philippine and international press forced the Aquino administration to bring order to... Christian V. Esguerra, Marlon Ramos http://publisher.namx.org/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=103
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