Roy, Sandip

Sandip Roy is an editor with New America Media (, a national consortium of ethnic media and host of its radio show New America Now (

Prop 8 and SB 1070 -- Sisters Under the Skin?

By Sandip Roy
New America Media

When I heard about Judge Robert Vaughn Walker’s ruling on same-sex marriage, I immediately thought of one person.

Judge Susan Bolton.

On July 28, Susan Bolton issued an injunction that defanged the anti-immigrant SB 1070 in Arizona.

On Aug. 4, Vaughn Walker found California’s Proposition 8, which outlawed same-sex marriage, unconstitutional.

For this, they will both be tarred as “judicial activists.” Judge Bolton has received death threats. Judge Walker is being denounced.

California’s Ethnic Vote in 2010: Powerful Yet Unpredictable

By Sandip Roy
New America Media

If Barbara Boxer holds onto her U.S. Senate seat this November, it will likely be thanks to the state’s growing numbers of Asian, Latino and black voters. But the same voters could also doom the initiative to legalize marijuana.

California’s ethnic voter might well be the state’s new kingmaker. But it’s no monolith. A recent multilingual Field Poll suggests that when it comes to hot-button social issues, age might trump ethnicity.