Category: Blog

Kinetic youth respond to stereotypes

This is how youth from across our Kinetic sites shared how they've experienced racism, homophobia, discrimination, sexism and other stereotypes:

South Asians & Immigration

Wrapped up a teriffic event in Schaumburg today geared at hearing from the South Asian community on immigration. Folks spoke about local issues specific to Chicago’s South Asian community including Neha Gill, executive director of Apna Ghar and Lakshmi Lakshmanan, an immigration attorney. On the federal level Manar Waheed, policy director at South Asian Americans… Read more »

Reflecting on a Racial Justice Icon

The close of the week brings the difficult news of Nelson Mandela's death. As an organization that grapples with racial and social justice we often look to leaders in the movement for long-term strategy as well as everyday inspiration. Nelson Mandela undoubtedly played that role in many people's lives. As reactions come pouring in below… Read more »

Advancing Justice Conference Recap

This year's Advancing Justice Conference in Los Angeles was an exciting glimpse into the future of the Asian American civil rights movement as activists, scholars, organizers, elected officials, students, and a variety of other community members came together to discuss their work and ideas. Debates ranged from the role of specific communities in the immigration… Read more »

Keeping Our Stories Alive

Refugee stories are often told as ones of courage.  But I have to confess that I don’t often think of my own story in the United States as one of courage.  Confusion and fear, sure – but not courage. In honor of my family’s 30-year anniversary of being in the United States, I started thinking… Read more »