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Minnesota Voter ID Amendment Draws Youth Activists

Minnesota Voter ID Amendment Draws Youth Activists

by Aura Bogado on July 18 2012, 9:20AM

Minnesota’s voter ID is creating a new generation of activists fighting for social justice. Miracle Randle is one of them.

Topics: Voting Rights, Politics, Voting Rights Watch

Why Our Vision of America's Future Must Count People of Color's Needs

Why Our Vision of America’s Future Must Count People of Color’s Needs

by Rinku Sen on July 18 2012, 9:19AM

It would be best to build an agenda for the country based on who and what we want to be, rather than on who and what we fear.

Topics: Census, Politics, Movement

Colorlines.com Readers Caption Pictures of Romney Getting Shade at NAACP Meeting

by Jorge Rivas on July 13 2012, 3:59PM

Winning comments from you.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW, Politics

It's Bigger Than Texas: Voting Rights News Roundup

It’s Bigger Than Texas: Voting Rights News Roundup

by Aura Bogado on July 13 2012, 1:07PM

Voters stand up for themselves in Texas; purge-fest spreads beyond Florida; and ALEC’s exodus continues. This and more in our voting rights news roundup.

Topics: Voting Rights, Politics

NBC News: Jesse Jackson Being Treated For Alcoholism in Arizona Facility

NBC News: Jesse Jackson Being Treated For Alcoholism in Arizona Facility

by Jorge Rivas on July 12 2012, 11:47AM

Sources who say they are close to the family claim Jackson is battling alcohol.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Mitt Romney On NAACP Booing: If They Want 'More Free Stuff' They Should Vote For Obama

Mitt Romney On NAACP Booing: If They Want ‘More Free Stuff’ They Should Vote For Obama

by Jorge Rivas on July 12 2012, 10:58AM

On Wednesday night, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow reported that Mitt Romney responded to being booed at the NAACP by taking a punch at the mostly black audience and saying if they want more free stuff from the government to vote for President Obama.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Texas' Road To Victory in Its Decades Long Fight Against Voting Rights

Texas’ Road To Victory in Its Decades Long Fight Against Voting Rights

by Brentin Mock on July 12 2012, 10:14AM

In 1944, a landmark Supreme Court decision over Texas’ Jim Crow laws changed the arc of voting history. This week, the case that’s expected to change things again began its trip to the Roberts court.

Topics: Voting Rights, History, Politics

Texas vs. Voting Rights, 1944 to 2012 [Infographic] Infographic

Texas vs. Voting Rights, 1944 to 2012 [Infographic]

by Hatty Lee on July 12 2012, 10:11AM

The state’s current challenge to the Voting Rights Act isn’t new. For decades, it’s put up the nation’s most aggressive fight against federal authority to protect voters of color.

Topics: Voting Rights, History, Politics

Romney Allegedly Bussed in 200 Supporters to NAACP to Cheer for Him

Romney Allegedly Bussed in 200 Supporters to NAACP to Cheer for Him

by Jorge Rivas on July 11 2012, 4:23PM

The people you heard cheering for Mitt Romney at the NAACP meeting Wednesday were not all NAACP members.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

The Faces (and Reactions) in the Audience as Mitt Romney Delivered NAACP Speech

The Faces (and Reactions) in the Audience as Mitt Romney Delivered NAACP Speech

by Jorge Rivas on July 11 2012, 2:31PM

The face reactions of the audience at the NAACP meeting as Mitt Romney delivered his speech.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Watch Mitt Romney Get Booed at NAACP Over Obamacare Comments

Watch Mitt Romney Get Booed at NAACP Over Obamacare Comments

by Jorge Rivas on July 11 2012, 11:29AM

Watch Mitt Romney Get Booed at NAACP Over Obamacare Comments.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Romney's Campaign Acknowledges Attracting Black Voters is a Long Shot

Romney’s Campaign Acknowledges Attracting Black Voters is a Long Shot

by Jorge Rivas on July 11 2012, 11:23AM

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney will tell black voters Wednesday that backing him over the Democratic incumbent, who won their overwhelming support in 2008, is in the best interest of their families.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Jesse Jackson Sr. Says Son's 'Crisis is Deeper Than We Thought'

Jesse Jackson Sr. Says Son’s ‘Crisis is Deeper Than We Thought’

by Jorge Rivas on July 11 2012, 10:59AM

Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.’s office says the Democratic Chicago congressman is struggling with “physical and emotional ailments” worse than previously known.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

MillerCoors, HP, and Best Buy Leave ALEC

MillerCoors, HP, and Best Buy Leave ALEC

by Jorge Rivas on July 11 2012, 10:33AM

The companies join the roughly 20 companies that have already parted ways with ALEC since ColorOfChange members began demanding an end to corporate-sponsored voter suppression.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Texas Wants to Say Adios to the Voting Rights Act's Authority

Texas Wants to Say Adios to the Voting Rights Act’s Authority

by Aura Bogado on July 10 2012, 4:10PM

200,000 Latinos will turn 18 between now and Election Day. But if they’re in Texas, their right to vote is under threat.

Topics: Voting Rights, Politics

Fencing Team's Ibtihaj Muhammad Hoped to Become First U.S. Woman to Compete at Olympics in a Hijab

Fencing Team’s Ibtihaj Muhammad Hoped to Become First U.S. Woman to Compete at Olympics in a Hijab

by Jorge Rivas on July 10 2012, 11:56AM

The 25-year-old New Jersey native appeared to be unstoppable at competitions last month and came pretty close to making it to London.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Georgia's Political Cudgel Against the Poor: Drug Testing

Georgia’s Political Cudgel Against the Poor: Drug Testing

by on July 10 2012, 9:49AM

Georgia followed Florida’s example in forcing safety-net recipients to get drug tests, despite the fact that neither law is likely to stand up in court. Why? Because actual policymaking was never the point.

Topics: Drug Tests, Economy, Politics

Judge who Helped Popularize the Term 'Driving While Black' Hearing Texas Voter-ID Case

Judge who Helped Popularize the Term ‘Driving While Black’ Hearing Texas Voter-ID Case

by Aura Bogado on July 9 2012, 2:59PM

One of the judges hearing the Texas voter ID law, which targets voters of color, is no stranger to civil rights.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Honestly, the Jobs Outlook Is Bleak Because the GOP Wants It That Way

Honestly, the Jobs Outlook Is Bleak Because the GOP Wants It That Way

by Imara Jones on July 9 2012, 9:38AM

Yes, the president must do much more, but his jobs proposals if fully implemented would have put millions back to work by now—including in hard-hit black communities. The problem is petty politics, not economic policy.

Topics: Economy, Jobs Crisis, Politics

How to Disenfranchise 18 Percent of Philadelphia's Electorate

How to Disenfranchise 18 Percent of Philadelphia’s Electorate

by Aura Bogado on July 6 2012, 2:45PM

Forty-four percent of Philly is African-American—and nearly 20 percent of voters there may lose their right to cast a ballot this fall.

Topics: Voting Rights, Politics