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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
Obama savors victories, makes case for racial justice
It was a remarkable week for President Obama: On Monday he commuted the sentences of 46 nonviolent drug offenders; on Tuesday he called for sweeping criminal justice reform in an address to the NAACP; and on Thursday he became the first sitting president to visit a federal prison.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.