Our media coverage is often dominated by one big story that crowds out most everything else. As an antidote, every week, Nationinterns try to cut through the echo chamber and choose one good article in their area of interest that they feel should receive more attention. Please check out their favorite stories below, watch for this feature each week, and please use the comments section below to alert us to any important articles you feel warrant broader attention.
Karla Cornejo Villavicencio:
Letter from Representatives Luis Gutierrez, John Lewis, Mike Honda, and Raul Grijalva to President Obama, sent 7/22/11.
Letter from President Obama to Representative Gutierrez, sent 7/25/11.
Congressman Luis Gutierrez protested outside the White House on eve of the millionth deportation under Obama’s administration. He was promptly arrested, a fact widely reported by the media. But if we dip into some primary sources—namely, the correspondence between Gutierrez and Obama before the arrest but leaked after it—we’ll see that both politicians, ostensibly on the same side, are not even speaking the same language.
“The State of America’s Children.” The Children’s Defense Fund, July 2011.
This new report from the Children’s Defense Fund shows that between 2008 and 2009 child poverty jumped 10 percent, the single largest annual jump in the data’s history. While Washington focuses on budget cuts and entitlement reform, the study reminds us of just how much our current institutions have neglected American children.
“Bronx Catholic School, Populated by Black and Latino Students, Hires Known Racist as Principal,” by Erica Hellerstein. AlterNet, 8/2/11.
The author explores how a known racist was hired as the principal of the Bronx’s Our Lady of Mount Carmel School (which has a majority black and Hispanic student body). The now ex-principal there, Frank Borzellieri, attempted to create a resolution to teach students the “superiority” of US culture. This is local, civil and relevant racial politicking as it hits close to home:
“Do Austerity Measures Increase the Risk of Social Chaos?” by Henry Farrell. The Monkey Cage, 8/9/11.
If empirical evidence is needed to link austerity with the rioting in Britain and Greece, a working paper from Europe’s leading economic think-tank finds that during the past century there has been a clear and consistent association between expenditure cuts and social unrest of all kinds.