Iowa Caucus Coverage and the Friend Card

*This post is part of our series analyzing the discourse on diversity in the election and election coverage. By Lauren Horn Griffin The frequency of the “I have black/Latino friends” argument and its continued use by politicians and pundits reveal a need to engage in a more sophisticated discussion of diversity, discrimination, and difference.   Since the Iowa … Continue reading Iowa Caucus Coverage and the Friend Card

The Work of Tolerance and Inclusion in a Period of Extremism

The Syrian refugee crisis and recent terrorist attacks have pushed the American public to delve into civic questions of who 'we' are and where we draw lines of inclusion and exclusion in our society. We've asked Meghan Horner, a longtime professional working in refugee resettlement and non-profit/NGO development, to write this guest post offering a perspective on … Continue reading The Work of Tolerance and Inclusion in a Period of Extremism

Texas and the Politics of Exclusion

By Tiffany Puett First published at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/tiffany-puett/texas-and-the-politics-of-exclusion_b_8594446.html Last Friday night, several armed terrorists coordinated attacks around the city of Paris that left 129 people dead. The terrorist group ISIS, or Daesh, has claimed responsibility. The day before the Paris attacks, suicide bombers with ISIS affiliation killed 43 people and wounded 239 more in Beirut. The attacks … Continue reading Texas and the Politics of Exclusion

Help Us Grow!

IDCL is launching a crowdfunding campaign! We want to raise $10K over the next month. This will make us eligible for a non-profit incubator program, which, in turn, will provide us with office space, administrative assistance, and community connections. And it will help us expand our research and educational programs and bring our work to a … Continue reading Help Us Grow!

Civil Rights in Black and Brown Oral History Project

Part II of a series investigating projects that document religious and cultural diversity across the country. By Lauren Horn Griffin As we prepare to launch our own research project mapping and documenting the cultural diversity of Texas, we want to give our readers an idea of the types of initiatives from across the country that … Continue reading Civil Rights in Black and Brown Oral History Project

The California Pluralism Project

Part I of a series investigating projects that document religious and cultural diversity across the country. by Lauren Horn Griffin As we prepare to launch our own research project mapping and documenting the cultural diversity of Texas, we want to give our readers an idea of the types of initiatives from across the country that examine religion and culture … Continue reading The California Pluralism Project

The Distance Between Syria and El Salvador

By Lauren Horn Griffin As I scrolled through my Facebook and Twitter feeds yesterday, I was immediately bombarded with the distressing image (or references to the image) of a Syrian toddler washed up on a Turkish beach. The commentary, without exception, was filled with words of grief and sympathy—even calls to action. Mothers, grateful for … Continue reading The Distance Between Syria and El Salvador