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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Kellogg Foundation launches racial reconciliation initiative

In an effort to address the centuries of racism and structural inequality in the United States, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation has announced its plans to establish Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation, a program that will illuminate the impact of racism throughout society and bring diverse communities together to find solutions.

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Northeastern professors study role of Twitter in Black Lives Matter movement

Messages from black Ferguson residents on Twitter played an outsize role in shaping the national conversation around race and police violence following Brown’s death, say Northeastern University’s Sarah J. Jackson and Brooke Foucault Welles.

Harvard professor studies streets named for MLK

As the country celebrated Martin Luther King, Jr. Day this week, many of the monuments to his legacy — he nearly 900 streets across the country that bear his name — are plagued by the same racial and socioeconomic injustices that he once fought against.

Tufts Univ. acquires Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter’s papers

The personal papers of the late boxing legend Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, who spent 19 years in prison after being wrongfully convicted of triple murder, are now available to the public at Tufts University.

Experts see little threat with Syrian refugees

United States uses exhaustive background checks to vet refugees, accepts relatively few

More than half of the governors across the country — all but one Republican — have vowed to block the resettlement of Syrian refugees within their borders, arguing that the risk of terrorism is too high to provide safe haven to those displaced by Syria’s civil war.

Study measures impact of recent US immigration

Nation has become more diverse since laws changed in ’65

The influx of 59 million immigrants into the United States in the last 50 years has dramatically changed the nation’s demographics, and immigration in coming decades will continue to alter the racial and ethnic makeup of the U.S. population, according to a new study from the Pew Research Center.

Charter school proponents push ballot question

Measure would raise cap on new schools

A coalition is pushing forward with an initiative that would increase the number of charter schools in Massachusetts, collecting signatures necessary to secure a spot on the 2016 ballot. The proposal, “An Act to Allow Fair Access to Public Charter Schools,” calls for the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education to raise the cap on charter school growth and allow up to 12 new institutions or expansions per year. This, supporters, say, will help meet demand at a time when they say more than 37,000 students across the state and 13,000 in Boston sit on waiting lists for charter schools.

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Trump’s rise pushes GOP further right

Dog-whistle rhetoric alienates large segments of electorate

At a news conference last week, Donald Trump told Mexican American news anchor Jorge Ramos — who is often called the Walter Cronkite of Latino America — to “go back to Univision” after he questioned the Republican presidential frontrunner about his immigration plan. For many political observers, the comment was a form of racial dog whistling, a not-so-subtly coded way of saying, “Go back to Mexico.”

Activists advancing millionaires’ tax

Tax would only affect income over $1m

The “Fair Share Amendment,” put forth by the coalition Raise Up Massachusetts, would bump up the income tax rate by four percent for those who make more than $1 million per year, thus generating additional revenue for state education and transportation systems.

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Black Lives Matter activists: change slow in coming

Growing awareness, growing body count

A year after the death of Michael Brown at the hands of a Ferguson, Missouri police officers, activists with the Black Lives Matter movement say little has changed. While there is a growing awareness of police misconduct, video recordings of police abuse and officer-involved shootings continue to flood into social media, suggesting police departments are unwilling or unable to curtail abusive officers.

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