links for 2011-02-13

  • "His ethnic and cultural history tells a lot about America. He was born in Ashland, Va., to Native American parents from the Pamunkey Nation, thought to be the tribe of Pocahontas. But in those days in Virginia, 'you were either white or black,' said Lillian, his wife of 60 years.

    "Some people in his extended family 'passed' as white. Mr. King’s birth certificate listed him as 'colored.' He attended African-American schools; married an African-American woman, and considered himself black. 'He went as Afro-American his whole life,' said his wife.

  • "Arizona has been working to get rid of predatory payday lenders, but it seems they may have found a way to skirt the law.

    "They attempting to use the tribe’s sovereignty to get make the claim that state laws do not apply."

  • "When comes to advocating for the ethical treatment of animals, blacks on the grassroots level are noticeably missing. When it comes to issues that blacks are most willing to fight for, animal rights are somewhere on the bottom of the list. This is why this campaign by PETA is very interesting, because it seems willing to address the unspoken question of why such a noble cause as ending unethical treatment of animals is devoid of people of color."
  • "A former vice president of a local community group has penned a letter to Mexican President Felipe Calderón seeking the temporary suspension of visas issued to Mormon missionaries in response to his view the LDS Church hasn’t stood tough against Utah-based immigration reform bills.

    "Raul Lopez-Vargas, a former vice president of Centro Cívico, said he has gathered more than 100 signatures from both legal and undocumented immigrants in Utah and plans to deliver the letter to the Mexican consulate in Salt Lake City on Monday."

  • "Now 21, the Cal State San Bernardino student says he's realized there's nothing wrong with what he calls his "statuses." But because so many people are afraid to speak even half of the sentence he's about to utter, his usually friendly and thoughtful voice becomes forceful.

    "'I'm undocumented, and I'm queer,' Barrios says. 'That's part of who I am.'"

  • "At Kato’s funeral, the pastor warned gays to repent or face hell. Mourners stormed the pulpit and took away his microphone before police intervened and took him to safety. An excommunicated Anglican bishop then completed the ceremony, laying Kato to rest."
  • "Comic Alliance reports that a translated version of a 50 years old comic book relating the non-violent civil disobedience movement of Martin Luther King, Jr. was distributed throughout Tahrir Square in Egypt by the American Islamic Congress. The group advocates peace and civil rights through non violent means."
  • "In Tunisia, the young people who helped bring down a dictator are called hittistes—French-Arabic slang for those who lean against the wall. Their counterparts in Egypt, who on Feb. 1 forced President Hosni Mubarak to say he won't seek reelection, are the shabab atileen, unemployed youths. The hittistes and shabab have brothers and sisters across the globe. In Britain, they are NEETs—"not in education, employment, or training." In Japan, they are freeters: an amalgam of the English word freelance and the German word Arbeiter, or worker. Spaniards call them mileuristas, meaning they earn no more than 1,000 euros a month. In the U.S., they're "boomerang" kids who move back home after college because they can't find work. Even fast-growing China, where labor shortages are more common than surpluses, has its "ant tribe"—recent college graduates who crowd together in cheap flats on the fringes of big cities because they can't find well-paying work."