Caitlin Yoshiko Kandil

Contributing Writer

A graduate of Northwestern University and Harvard Divinity School and a former Fulbright scholar. She has been writing for the Banner since 2009 on topics such as food, health and racial inequalities. In 2011 she was awarded a National Health Journalism Fellowship from the University of Southern California Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, which she used to publish the four-part series, “The Challenges to Healthy Eating for Low-Income Bostonians.” In addition to her work at the Banner, Kandil is a writer for Moment Magazine, a bi-monthly publication devoted to politics, culture and religion.

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Videos of police shootings seen shifting debate on police abuse

The video that emerged last week of a white police officer gunning down an unarmed African American man, Walter Scott, a 50-year-old father of four, is the latest in a horrific string of police killings caught on film. Within the past year, Americans have witnessed the deaths of Eric Garner in Staten Island, Tamir Rice in Cleveland, and John Crawford, III in Dayton, Ohio. Those cases and others documented in cell phone videos have sparked a public debate around policing, race and the criminal justice system.

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Midterm elections see more Latinos seated in Congress

Latinos posted groundbreaking wins in Congress in the 2014 election, with five new candidates, both Democrats and Republicans, claiming seats in the House. These victories will bring the total number of Latino members of Congress up to 32 — the highest ever.

Study: Whites less likely to support criminal justice reforms that benefit blacks

A pair of Stanford University professors found that whites are less likely to support criminal justice reforms when shown that the reforms would have a positive effect on blacks.

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Report finds Haitian descendants denied education in Dominican Republic

Report finds Haitian descendants denied education in Dominican Republic Description: Children of Haitian descent are increasingly being barred from access to primary and secondary education in the Dominican Republic in the wake of a controversial court decision to strip Dominicans of Haitian origin of their citizenship, according to a new report.

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Tufts author shines spotlight on ‘60s activist Stokely Carmichael

When Peniel E. Joseph was in junior high school, he watched “Eyes on the Prize,” the critically acclaimed documentary chronicling the Civil Rights Movement, and discovered a figure he had never heard of before — Stokely Carmichael.

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William P. Jones’ ‘The March on Washington’ examines radical roots of march

William P. Jones: The March on Washington: Jobs, Freedom, and the Forgotten History of Civil Rights, offers a historical look into the making of the march from its radical roots in the 1940s to the organizational role of labor unions and women’s groups, and its ambitious economic agenda.

Report: Racial gap persists in marijuana arrests possession

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"Race to Incarcerate: A Graphic Retelling" illustrates exploding incarceration rates

Graphic novel adapts seminal 1999 work by the same name

Over the past four decades, the U.S. prison population has skyrocketed — jumping from about 250,000 in the early 1970s to more than 2.3 million today — so that now, the country’s incarceration rate towers above that of every other country in the world.

Thomas Flint, former trial court officer, seeks justice

The Roxbury native worked for the Massachusetts Trial Court for more than 20 years until he was fired in September 2009.

Flint, 45, is a former court officer who, in 2009, was fired from the Massachusetts Trial Court for allegedly getting into a verbal altercation with another court officer. Suspecting racial discrimination, the 20-year veteran of the courts took his case to the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, and in 2011, received a “probable cause” ruling backing his version of the story. Next month, starting June 3, Flint goes to a public hearing to determine a settlement against the Trial Court.

Report: Massachusetts wages lag behind living expenses

An estimated four out of 10 two-parent households in Massachusetts aren’t earning enough to make ends meet, according to a new report released by Crittenton Women’s Union, a Boston-based social servi

CWU’s research shows that in Massachusetts, a family of four made up of two parents and two young children needs at least $73,776 per year to meet their basic expenses without government assistance. This number includes bare bones housing, utilities, childcare, food, transportation, health care, taxes and personal items — and no luxuries such as eating out, entertainment or vacations, or financial investments such as paying off loans or building up a savings account.

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