Posts Tagged as ‘Restore Fairness’

This teen a “terrorist”? Really?

From Breakthrough president and CEO Mallika Dutt: Like a lot of teenagers you may know, Mansimran is a basketball-loving, Starbucks-drinking, robotics-studying all-American guy. It shouldn’t surprise you that he’s funny, grounded and charming. It should surprise you that sometimes, when strangers see his turban and the color of his skin, they lean out their car [...]

January 24, 2012 by Mallika Dutt | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off

breakthrough beat: Meet Mansimran

Meet Mansimran. He’s an all-American guy who likes Starbucks, hoops, and robotics. He’s a student, an older brother, and an active member of his Sikh religious community. Sometimes, when strangers see his turban, and the color of his skin, they lean out their car window and call him a “terrorist.” He’s not alone: especially since [...]

January 20, 2012 by crissy spivey | Tags: , , , , , , , , | Comments Off

breakthrough beat: Watch our new video, “Checkpoint Nation? Building Community Across Borders”

Originally posted on our Restore Fairness site Early one morning, Maria—then nine months pregnant—and her family were stopped by the police for no discernible reason. A special breakfast outing became a nightmare—and at one of the most intimate moments of her life, Maria found a team of immigration agents—not her husband—by her side. Maria’s chilling story, which Breakthrough [...]

September 8, 2011 by crissy spivey | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off

culture shockers: New restrictions on voting rights reflect fictional scenario of America 2049

When looking at the civil rights movement in the history of the U.S. we can see that we’ve made great strides.  But if the recent whirlwind election reforms sweeping through the country are an indication, we seem to be dangerously moving backwards on voter rights. Over the last eight months, around 13 states have passed [...]

June 14, 2011 by Pulkit | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off

culture shockers: Facebook game America 2049 asks, do we want a future where our religious faith makes us a target?

The tragic events of September 11, 2001 also proved to be an unfortunate turning point in America’s socio-cultural dynamics. For a nation that’s built upon the principles of separating church and state, America’s multi-religious identity came to the forefront as specific groups, especially Muslims or Hindus and Sikhs (who were presumed to be Muslims), became [...]

May 31, 2011 by Pulkit | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

culture shockers: Native American identity & rights – past, present and 2049

“Nothing is as sweet as self-determination.” – Zia, a character in Breakthrough‘s America 2049. This week, in Breakthrough’s Facebook game America 2049, players continue their mission in the fictional country, Independent Pueblo Nation, that has seceded from America. Players meet Zia, the Secretary of State for the Pueblo Nation, and discover the plight of the [...]

May 17, 2011 by Pulkit | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off

culture shockers: Fictional ban on interracial unions and abortion in America 2049 becoming all too real today

Games, it turns out, imitate life — sometimes eerily so — just as history so often threatens to repeat itself. This week, Breakthrough‘s ongoing Facebook gaming event, America 2049, tackles two major issues that become linked within the narrative of the game: interracial unions and abortion. During gameplay, players encounter the story of Bonnie, a [...]

May 10, 2011 by Pulkit | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off

culture shockers: “With Osama Bin Laden dead, can we have our rights back?” – How the effects of 9/11 could lead to America 2049

On Sunday, May 1, President Obama announced the death of Al Qaida leader Osama bin Laden, the notorious terrorist who spearheaded the 9/11 attacks against the U.S. While the predominant reaction from around the world has been one of relief and joy, bin Laden’s death reminds us of just how big an impact the 9/11 [...]

May 3, 2011 by Pulkit | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off

culture shockers: Re-enactment of Chinese immigrant exclusion and recent quelling of protests show a future without diversity and freedom

“The only way to make sure people you agree with can speak is to support the rights of people you don’t agree with.” – Eleanor Holmes Norton, civil rights activist and Democrat Delegate to Congress representing the District of Columbia. The freedom to disagree forms the bedrock of a thriving democratic society. Today, as we [...]

April 26, 2011 by Pulkit | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off

b-the change: This MLK Day, Arizona moves forward

In the aftermath of the shootings in Tucson, debates are raging over hate-filled rhetoric in the political sphere. According to Daniel Hernandez, the brave volunteer in Gabriel Zimmerman’s office who helped his boss amidst all the chaos: I think a lot of people are realizing that the political discourse has, for years, become completely destructive [...]

January 14, 2011 by Zebunnisa | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off

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