Supreme Court Ruling on Affirmative Action: Race Matters, and Justice Sotomayor Knows It

Supreme Court Ruling on Affirmative Action: Race Matters, and Justice Sotomayor Knows It

Coming back to work from a mini-vacation is tough. But coming back to work to disappointing news from the Supreme Court is even worse. Today, the Supreme Court upheld Michigan’s ban on affirmative action in public college admissions. The decision upheld a voter-approved change to the Michigan Constitution that (like California’s Proposition 209) forbids the state’s public colleges from taking race into account in admissions. The court based the ruling on the process by which voters approved the change, shying away from the issue of racial inequality altogether. This ruling is a devastating blow to the many civil rights groups, especially here in California, who work to advance diversity in…
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This Is What The Next America Looks Like

This Is What The Next America Looks Like

“The demographic revolution is here!” We’ve heard the phrase countless times in the past, but what does it really mean? Paul Taylor from the Pew Research Center has published a new book titled The Next America that puts the demographic revolution into context. Some highlights: America is getting grayer. As a result of longer lifespans and lower birthrates, by 2060 there will be as many Americans over the age of 85 as under age 5. And as we take every opportunity to point out at Greenlining, people of color in the United States are becoming the New Majority. By 2060, America will only be 43% white. We’re a country with a very colorful racial…
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California Sets Golden Standard for Immigrants, Minimum Wage

California Sets Golden Standard for Immigrants, Minimum Wage

Working late into the night yesterday, the California legislature successfully passed two high-profile bills that will surely become the talk of the country. Before Syria and foreign policy came into the limelight, national discussions focused on issues like comprehensive immigration reform and raising the minimum wage. It looks like yesterday’s actions from the California legislature will help resurface the discussions of these issues. AB 60, a bill sponsored by Assemblyman Luis Alejo (D-Salinas) who is an alum of Casa, our residential leadership program, will allow undocumented immigrants to obtain California driver’s licenses. This is a huge deal for hard-working immigrant communities, since the new law will enable families and individuals…
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Designing Paths to Success for Filipino-American Youth

Designing Paths to Success for Filipino-American Youth

A few months ago, two of my friends pitched a project to me that turned out really exciting. We wanted to address the lack of resources and guidance that Filipino-American youth and young professionals have access to in navigating their career paths. I felt a strong personal connection with this issue: Being a first-generation college student, I never really knew what the next steps were after graduating from college. I knew that I had to get a job, but the process of getting one was never really clear to me. As an immigrant and manual laborer, my Dad couldn’t offer me much advice regarding my career interests. Instead, I had…
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Dreams, Not Debt: The Problem With Student Loans

Dreams, Not Debt: The Problem With Student Loans

You may have heard the statistics already – student loan debt is now at $1 trillion, surpassing credit card debt! Ouch. I’ve overheard conversations and seen news articles posing the question: is this the next financial bubble to pop? Similar to Greenlining’s concerns and warnings of the foreclosure crisis in the mid-2000s, the student loan debt problem is something that we should be aware of and concerned about today for a number of reasons. While there are several culprits affecting the intersection of economic mobility and college affordability, none are as serious as student loan debt. Average undergraduate loan debt stands at $27,000, with a monthly payment of around $300…
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A Partnership Linking Health and Equity

A Partnership Linking Health and Equity

While I am only a recent alum of the Greenlining Academy, I can’t help but feel excited when I hear about the impactful work that current Academy participants are engaging in. From developing racial equity frameworks to creating a social media strategy (something I helped with!) to addressing health inequities, the kinds of things that Academy participants experience are unique and diverse. Just recently, Jessica Dunn, a current Greenlining Health Equity Fellow, published a blog post for The California Endowment, detailing her experience at the Grantmaking in Health Conference. A key takeaway from the event: developing partnerships is a vital component to improve health care delivery. While we’re on the…
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Post-Racial Society? Yeah, Right.

Post-Racial Society? Yeah, Right.

For the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities, this past week hasn’t treated us so well. First, this blog post that looks to promote the idea of “Asian privilege” and downplay the “model minority myth,” seems designed to pit communities of color against each other. Then, just earlier this week, Angry Asian Man posted another racist anti-Asian video that found its way onto YouTube.  I say another, because during my senior year at UCLA, I was in the midst of a hostile campus climate as a result of fellow student Alexandra Wallace, whose classic “ching-chong-ling-long-ting-tong” anti-Asian video confession caught national attention. To say the least, these recent events are problematic.…
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Did You Know? It’s National Consumer Protection Week!

Did You Know? It’s National Consumer Protection Week!

Yesterday marked the beginning of a national week of awareness to promote consumer protection and education. Sponsored by a host of federal, state, and local government agencies as well as a number of nonprofit organizations, National Consumer Protection Week seeks to get consumers engaged and informed about their rights, as a way to facilitate smart decision-making. On a personal note, I find the resources offered on different consumer topics to be particularly helpful. I can’t emphasize enough how important it is for consumers to be informed about matters ranging from banking to credit to investing. In fact, I didn’t understand the need to build credit until my second year of…
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Racism on Cover of Bloomberg Businessweek?

Racism on Cover of Bloomberg Businessweek?

Upset by this image? Don’t worry, I am, too, along with lots of others over the last couple days. In fact, when I took my first glance at it, two questions ran through my head: (1) Are you serious? (2) Who has time for this? Looking at the illustration makes me shudder. In a poor attempt to promote the magazine’s headline “The Great American Housing Rebound,” the image shows exaggerated depictions solely of people of color grabbing for cash, reminiscent of racist cartoons of the past. Here at Greenlining, this is a sensitive topic. Communities of color continue to be blamed for the foreclosure crisis and the Great Recession. In fact, Investor’s Business Daily is the…
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