Earlier this month, in a powerful act of solidarity, 36 Jewish activists were arrested for obstructing access to an ICE detention facility. It’s a salient reminder that step one of being an ally is knowing your history. I think often of how inextricably linked Asian Amerian history is with that of other people of color

Growing up as a Bengali American woman in Arizona, I have repeatedly been left with an unshakable feeling of being an outsider looking in. Belonging to the only Muslim family in my small community, I struggled to relate to my peers. I can recall being forced to navigate a variety of stereotypes and constantly fielding

Marking the country’s independence, the Fourth of July is celebrated annually with fireworks, backyard barbecues, baseball games, and all things Americana. To many, Independence Day represents the ideals of this country–freedom, equity, and independence from tyranny. But not everyone was or is included in those ideals; in the period between 1776 and 1790, slaves comprised

Recently, The New York Times published a report about women who, while working in physically demanding jobs, lost their pregnancies after requests for less-strenuous assignments were denied. The profile is a tragic example of the steep toll levied on women, and particularly women of color, who face economic and social rules that are rigged against

Last week, Donald Trump’s chief of staff John Kelly lamented that the world has changed for women. “When I was a kid growing up, a lot of things were sacred in our country,” he said. “Women were sacred and looked upon with great honor. That’s obviously not the case anymore, as we see from recent

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Three weeks ago, the Trump administration weakened the rules that protect women, effective immediately. By rolling back birth control coverage provided by the Affordable Care Act, non-profit religious organizations, such as hospitals and higher education institutions, are now able to reject contraceptive coverage all together. As a result, students at universities like Loyola University-Chicago and Georgetown

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In the current debate on the future of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy, the data shouldn’t matter. And I say this as a confirmed data geek: My job at the Roosevelt Institute is the fourth think tank job that I’ve had, and in grad school I had three semesters of econometrics. But

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Last week President Trump released a budget that would gut public programs that lift up millions of American women and families. Contrary to its title, “A New Foundation for American Greatness,” the budget is a roadmap to a place where women and their families would be less safe, less healthy, and less economically secure. As we

For decades, policies at every level of government have denied the full protection of the law to Americans without the financial means to obtain their own legal counsel. Criminal justice policies promulgated throughout the ’80s and ’90s resulted in an unprecedented rise in the prison population and the U.S.’s inglorious distinction as the nation with

As many of you reading this will have already seen, Jesse Williams, best known for his role in the ABC series Grey’s Anatomy and increasingly for his support of the Black Lives Matter movement, was named Humanitarian of the Year at the 2016 BET Awards last Sunday evening. The inspiring moment was underscored by Williams’s

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