“Featured Book” archives

Sep 12 2014

A Cup of Water Under My Bed: A Memoir by Daisy Hernandez

Daisy Hernandez is only 39 years old but she has already written a memoir. The Colombian-Cuban American writer has much to say about what it is like to grow up as a second-generation immigrant, straddling multiple worlds of language and culture.

In her memoir she explores the struggles she faces when she reveals to …

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Sep 02 2014

Border Patrol Nation: Dispatches from the Front Lines of Homeland Security – Part 1

The US Border Patrol is facing a $40 million lawsuit that was brought last week over the fatal shooting of an unarmed Mexican man two years ago along the Rio Grande riverbank. Although Border Patrol had claimed that Guillermo Arévalo Pedraza was part of a group of rock-throwers who posed a serious threat to …

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Aug 27 2014

Suspicion Nation: A Conversation with Author and Attorney Lisa Bloom – Part 1

The protests in Ferguson, Missouri over the killing of Michael Brown are the second time in the past few years that there has been a major national dialogue about race, racism and violence in the US. The name Trayvon Martin is often listed alongside the names of police brutality victims like Brown, Eric Garner, …

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Aug 15 2014

Peace in the Hood: Working with Gang Members to End the Violence

In July, the nation was shocked to hear of the sky-high rate of holiday weekend violence in Chicago. Dozens of people were killed in just the first two weeks of the month. Even though homicides from shooting incidents are apparently slowly decreasing, Chicago remains the American city most plagued by gun violence.

Now, the …

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Jul 16 2014

Presumed Incompetent: The Intersections of Race and Class for Women in Academia

When Arizona State University English professor Ersula Ore was stopped by a campus cop for jay walking, she found herself in a tussle that ended up with her being pushed to the ground and handcuffed. Perhaps it was presumed that she did not belong on campus because she was a black …

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Jul 15 2014

Award Winning Journalist Sonia Nazario Humanizes Central American Child Migrants

Texas Republican house member Michael McCaul has offered his opinion in the debate over Central American child migration: build warehouses in countries like Guatemala and Honduras to which migrant children can directly be deported and processed. It seems incredible that conservatives in the US are able to demonize children without batting an eye but …

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Jul 08 2014

The Folklore of the Freeway: Race and Revolt in the Modernist City

The American freeway is both a blessing and a curse. It enables speedy travel across cities and states. But it also divides communities physically and economically, pollutes and decimates surrounding neighborhoods, and provokes major political battles.

Often communities of color have been on the negative end of the impacts of freeway construction. Freeways are …

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Jul 07 2014

The Babylon Complex: Theopolitical Fantasies of War, Sex, and Sovereignty

At a national prayer breakfast in 2010, President Obama reflected on the devastating earthquake in Haiti that had just taken place, saying, “We become numb to the day-to-day crises. We become absorbed with our abstract arguments, our ideological disputes, our contests for power. And in this Tower of Babel, we lose the sound of …

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Jul 03 2014

Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel

The name Goliath is a Biblical reference to “a giant Philistine warrior who was slain by David with a stone and sling.” In today’s colloquial usage we commonly use the battle between David and Goliath as an analogy for a conflict in which one side of a war is so disproportionately and overwhelmingly stronger than the other that it is an unfair fight.

The intrepid …

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Jun 30 2014

The Third Plate: Field Notes on the Future of Food

California has hundreds of farmers markets all over the state. Whether you live in a big or small city, chances are you have access to locally grown fresh food, raised with minimal pesticides. Many conscientious eaters are also what we call “foodies,” convinced that our mere act of shopping at local farmers markets and …

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