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Live Civil’s Top 7 Lively Civilians of 2011: Day 4


With only a year and a half of Color Lines fully functioning as a digital publication online, it’s taken the World Wide Web by storm.  Publisher Rinku Sen has gained a spot on our list for her resilient dedication to engaging and presenting conversations that have sparked much-needed debate and attention.  Along with the rest of her diverse online staff at Color Lines, not only has she positioned the site as a beacon for social change, but within the realms of politics, immigration, education, economy, youth and pop culture.

Using media, research, and activism to promote solutions, Rinku Sen partnered with the editorial director, Kai Wright.  They created a daily inspiring, hard-hitting news source from what was once a 12-year-running bi-monthly publication before July 2010.  The fact that was selected as a Webby Award Honoree in Political Blogs comes as no surprise.

Beyond her popular posts such as “Why I Support Planned Parenthood, Margaret Sanger Notwithstanding,” and “Why It’s Crucial to Keep Immigrant Families Together,” she’s known as a highly sought-after orator on issues from campus protests, race, gender, and class.  As the author of several books and a constant columnist on Color Lines as well as the Huffington Post, her contribution to the news-world locally and internationally should neither be taken for granted nor disregarded.  Rinku Sen is working hard to keep us civil; it’d be shameful if we missed it.


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