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U.S. Politics

NAM original coverage and ethnic media articles on U.S. politics and policy and its impact on everyday lives. For more information on NAM's U.S. policy coverage, contact Andrew Lam at alam [at] newamericamedia [dot] org

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Racial Profiling Rears Its Ugly Head in Torrance, CA

New America Media, Commentary, Earl Ofari Hutchinson, Mar 15, 2010

Yesterday, supporters of black minister Robert Taylor called for justice 10 days after he was wrongly stopped by police in a Los Angeles suburb with a history of complaints of racial profiling. NAM commentator Earl Ofari Hutchinson, who was there, compares the incident to the arrest of Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates.

Its Time for Black Leaders to Lead

New America Media, Commentary, Sylvester Brown, Jr., Mar 14, 2010

There is a need for a specific black agenda that addresses historical disparities and future opportunities. However, forcing Obama to define or promote such an agenda is not a feasible maneuver in a country where most still avoid, deny or even discuss the race problem.

Taking a Bite Out of the Census

iexaminer.org, News report, Michelle Tanaka, Mar 13, 2010

Seattles Tsue Chong Co. is producing 2 million fortune cookies with special messaging in an effort to raise awareness of the 2010 Census.

Jeff Biggers: Clean-Coal Myth Buster

New America Media, Interview, Ngoc Nguyen, Mar 13, 2010

The Obama administration has embraced the concept of clean coal as one prong of a U.S. energy policy. But environmental activists like Jeff Biggers say coal and the process for mining it can never be clean because of the toll they take on our forests and mining communities.

CA Educators Question National Standards Plan

New America Media, News Analysis, Carolyn Goossen, Mar 12, 2010

Education policy is finally in the spotlight, as the president and state officials focus on creating a set of standards that would be applied to public school students throughout the country. But some California experts question whether it will just repeat the high-stakes mistakes of No Child Left Behind.

Asian American Community Urged Not to Throw Away Census Advance Letter

Hokubei.com, News report, Staff, Mar 10, 2010

With Census Day quickly approaching on April 1, the U.S. Census Bureau is preparing to notify households of what to expect in the upcoming weeks, and the community is asked to respond by carefully reading all census-related materials sent to their households and seeking help if they have any questions.

Arizonas Anti-Anti-Immigrant Politicians and Sheriffs

New America Media, News Analysis, Valeria Fernndez , Mar 10, 2010

There is another side to Arizona's harsh, anti-immigrant politics and law enforcement that is overshadowed by the tough-talking Sheriff Arpaio and his legislative allies. Among many law enforcement and elected officials, there are voices calling for rational and reasoned approaches to immigration policy.

Immigrant Advocates Say Immigration Enforcement Worse Under Obama

New America Media, News Report , Marcelo Ballv, Mar 09, 2010

Prominent immigrant advocates launched their most sharply worded public critique yet of the Obama administrations immigration policy at a Monday press conference in Washington, D.C.

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