America’s Racial Wealth Divide Is Nothing Short of Shocking

America’s Racial Wealth Divide Is Nothing Short of Shocking

Most media coverage of racial injustice has understandably focused on our country’s unfair policing and criminal justice system. But to fully understand the current reality of racial inequality in America, we also need to take an honest look at our nation’s shocking...
DCIFF: The Other Barrio

DCIFF: The Other Barrio

The Washington DC Independent Film Festival (DCIFF) is an award winning annual film festival showcasing independent films from around the world. This year’s DCIFF is from February 25th to March 1st. In a first time partnership the Institute for Policy Studies is...
What Post-Racial America?

What Post-Racial America?

Having an African-American president is convenient. It boosts U.S. credibility in the Global South and makes us look like we’re making progress toward wiping out racism when we’re not. But it will take more than President Barack Obama’s tenure to...
Will the Supreme Court Dismantle the Voting Rights Act?

Will the Supreme Court Dismantle the Voting Rights Act?

Well, that didn’t take long. Just three days after a diverse coalition of voters re-elected President Barack Obama, the Supreme Court announced that it’s going to review the Voting Rights Act. The justices will look at Section 5 of the landmark...
Latinos’ One-Sided Love Affair with Obama

Latinos’ One-Sided Love Affair with Obama

Clearly, we Latinos love President Barack Obama. He garnered nearly three-fourths of our vote. In battleground states like Nevada, Florida, and Colorado , we helped catapult the incumbent president to victory. Unlike African Americans, Latinos didn’t always back...
The Problem with Craig Romney and his Padre

The Problem with Craig Romney and his Padre

Mitt Romney’s son, Craig, has become known as Mitt’s ambassador to Latino voters. He stars in Spanish-language TV and radio ads for his father. He spoke directly to Latinos in Spanish at the Republican National Convention. He talks to Hispanic groups...
Romney’s Losing Bid to Win the Latino Vote

Romney’s Losing Bid to Win the Latino Vote

When I watched Mitt Romney on a candidates forum on Univision, the country’s largest Spanish-language TV network, something about him looked different. He actually looked browner. At first I figured it was my imagination, but soon everyone from Washington Post...
A Memo to Mitt and Ann

A Memo to Mitt and Ann

I feel sorry for Mitt Romney. By now, he has offended just about every American group, except billionaires, morons, and robots. To stand a chance on Election Day, he must get his act together right now. Pundits and experts can argue over whether Mitt’s problem...
Losing Latino Votes

Losing Latino Votes

Paul Ryan, Mitt Romney’s running mate, received a rapturous welcome at the Republican National Convention in Tampa. The audience cheered as he assailed President Barack Obama’s record. Ryan seemed boisterous and full of energy. He could almost pass for one...
Obama’s DREAM Gambit

Obama’s DREAM Gambit

When Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced she was instructing all her agencies to stop automatically deporting young undocumented immigrants and grant them work permits, I breathed a sigh of relief. The new policy closely resembles the Development,...
The Changing Face of America

The Changing Face of America

We’ve been hearing about it for years, and now the time has come. In May, the Census Bureau announced that for the first time, the birth rate of people of color exceeded that of whites: 50.4 percent to 49.6 percent. The United States of America is still a...

High Stakes for Immigration

Mariela Obregon Chavarria hoped to return to her native country of Nicaragua one day, but arriving in handcuffs and escorted by security officers wasn’t what she had in mind. After seven years living and working in the United States, Mariela was arrested and...
Wealth is the Gift that Keeps on Giving

Wealth is the Gift that Keeps on Giving

The holiday season exerts a lot of pressure to spend what you don’t have and go deeper into debt in the name of “giving.” This year, let us all support each other to be financially responsible and engage in building wealth instead of destroying it....