Let’s All Take a Moment To Root for Sprint.

Let’s All Take a Moment To Root for Sprint.

Here at Greenlining, we are generally very skeptical about telecommunications mergers. Our opinions about mergers range from “this is irredeemably terrible” to “this is terrible, but we might be able to fix it,” to “we’re cautiously optimistic, but we still have some concerns.” Today, for the very first time, I am super excited about a merger—specifically, SoftBank’s purchase of Sprint. The Federal Communications Commission approved the transaction on Friday, and when I read about it, I jumped up out of my chair. (I did not, however, dance a goofy dance). Why am I so excited about this merger? Well, this isn’t the first time that SoftBank has entered the wireless…
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Southeast Asians and the Model Minority Myth

Southeast Asians and the Model Minority Myth

Everyone in the picture above could be labeled as “Asian,” but do you really think they are all from the same culture, or have similar experiences in America? For example, Hmong Californians have a poverty rate of 33.2 percent, which is triple the poverty rate of Asian Californians overall. Asians are often described as a “model minority” in America due the success that many of them have enjoyed, but  it is a myth that all Asians are prospering in the U.S. at the same rate. That becomes apparent when you break apart the enormous amount of diversity conveniently stored in the Asian label. Asia is the most populous and diverse…
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Greenlining Author Gets Glowing Review in the San Francisco Chronicle

Greenlining Author Gets Glowing Review in the San Francisco Chronicle

Janine Macbeth, our fabulous development director, is too modest give herself the shameless plug she deserves, so I’ll do it for her: Janine recently wrote and illustrated her first children’s book, “Oh, Oh, Baby Boy!”, which just got a glowing review from the San Francisco Chronicle. Alas, the review is behind a paywall so I can’t link to it, but the Chron calls the book a “remarkable” celebration of boyhood and fatherhood, adding, “It puts a spotlight on a kind of dad rarely seen in picture books, portraying a joyous mixed-race family thriving in a happily multiracial world.” And that, of course, is exactly what Janine – sometimes known lovingly…
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We’ve Got Something to Say to the Supreme Court

We’ve Got Something to Say to the Supreme Court

Dear certain justices on the Supreme Court (you know who you are): I want to acknowledge that today was a great day for the Supreme Court.  Long ago in civics class, we all learned that the Supreme Court’s function was to protect the minority from the “tyranny of the majority.” You examined the Defense of Marriage Act—an act whose stated purpose was to discriminate against same-sex couples—and boldly stated that this sort of discrimination is unacceptable. Thank you. That being said, I’ve spent some time trying to make sense of some of your other decisions—specifically, the decisions you handed down Monday and Tuesday.  I have to admit, I had some…
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The Queasy Court: Reconciling Good News and Bad

The Queasy Court: Reconciling Good News and Bad

After a series of troubling rulings from the U.S. Supreme Court, anyone who cares about equity and justice got a bit of good news today: The most odious provision of the misleadlingly-named “Defense of Marriage Act” is dead, and legally married same-sex couples will no longer be discriminated against by the federal government. This is huge. It impacts immigration, taxes and over a thousand other rights and benefits available to married couples. A law rooted in prejudice and bipartisan political cowardice, all one can say to DOMA is “good riddance.” And California’s Proposition 8 is dead, too, but on narrow, procedural grounds. Gov. Brown and Attorney General Kamala Harris had…
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Former Casa Resident Meets the President

Former Casa Resident Meets the President

While the Senate continues to argue about immigration reform, here at Greenlining we’re reminded every day that this issue isn’t an abstraction, it’s about real people. One of those people is Luis Liang, who was part of Casa, Greenlining’s multi-ethnic residency program for UC Berkeley students, and who graduated from Cal about a year ago. Luis – besides being bright, energetic and ambitious – is also a Dreamer. Last month he got the official letter telling him he’d been accepted into President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which allows some undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children apply for two-year work permits and relief from…
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