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Young and Black Voters Turn Out in Wisconsin Despite Suppression Efforts

Young and Black Voters Turn Out in Wisconsin Despite Suppression Efforts

by Brentin Mock on June 6 2012, 9:14AM

Robo-calls, residency rules and misinformation about a voter ID law stirred confusion among young voters in particular during yesterday’s recall vote of Gov. Scott Walker. But turnout remained high—if not enough to counter Walker’s well-funded campaign.

Topics: 2012 Election, Voting Rights, Politics

America Ferrera Partners With Voto Latino For Election

America Ferrera Partners With Voto Latino For Election

by Jorge Rivas on June 5 2012, 3:35PM

The Congressional Hispanic Caucus and Voto Latino launched a campaign last Thursday called “America4America” to encourage young Latinos to vote.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Producer of Controversial Anti-Obama Video Will Remain at Fox News

Producer of Controversial Anti-Obama Video Will Remain at Fox News

by Jorge Rivas on June 1 2012, 5:20PM

Some say the episode that nearly cost Chris White his job was much ado about nothing; others are using it to advance the narrative that the network is biased.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

DOJ Purges Florida's Voter Purging Initiative

DOJ Purges Florida’s Voter Purging Initiative

by Brentin Mock on June 1 2012, 10:38AM

The Republican Party of Florida believes its voting practices are “easy” to comply with. Civil rights organizations, the Department of Justice and a federal judge all argue otherwise.

Topics: Voting Rights, Politics

Tea Partier Rep. Joe Walsh, (R-Ill) Says Democrats Got Blacks 'Dependent Upon Government'

Tea Partier Rep. Joe Walsh, (R-Ill) Says Democrats Got Blacks ‘Dependent Upon Government’

by Jorge Rivas on May 31 2012, 6:30PM

Illinois Tea Party Rep. Joe Walsh has an ongoing list of racist remarks against everyone who isn’t white.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Walmart Backs Away From ALEC's Quest to Suppress Black Voters

Walmart Backs Away From ALEC’s Quest to Suppress Black Voters

by Jorge Rivas on May 31 2012, 2:20PM

Walmart Stores Inc., announced late Wednesday it’s suspending its membership with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), the right-wing policy group that has worked to suppress the black vote and promoted “Kill at Will” gun laws.

Topics: ALEC, /NOW, Politics

Michelle Obama Has Candid Chat About Approval Ratings with Jon Stewart

Michelle Obama Has Candid Chat About Approval Ratings with Jon Stewart

by Jorge Rivas on May 30 2012, 12:31PM

First Lady Michelle Obama stopped by “The Daily Show” Tuesday night.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Here We Go Again: The Ginned Up Race War of 2012

Here We Go Again: The Ginned Up Race War of 2012

by Sally Kohn on May 29 2012, 9:45AM

Conservative commentators and political operatives have already begun conjuring images of scary black people out to destroy an endangered whiteness. Sally Kohn predicts we’ll see a lot more, as the right seeks ways to motivate its electoral base.

Topics: 2012 Election, Politics

Why Cory Booker's Defense of Bain Capital Is So 'Nauseating'

Why Cory Booker’s Defense of Bain Capital Is So ‘Nauseating’

by Imara Jones on May 25 2012, 10:07AM

The Newark mayor’s been a darling of the national press, until this week. Imara Jones explains why Booker’s odd defense of private equity firms hit such a nerve: because they represent the very thing people like Booker are supposed to counter.

Topics: Economic Justice, Politics

What Does D'Angelo Have to Do With Voting Rights? Hint: Check His ID

What Does D’Angelo Have to Do With Voting Rights? Hint: Check His ID

by Brentin Mock on May 25 2012, 9:52AM

You can’t, because D’Angelo is one of millions of African Americans across America who rightly or wrongly have had their licenses revoked or suspended due to interactions with the law.

Topics: Voting Rights, Politics

Black Churches Welcome New Latino Communities

Black Churches Welcome New Latino Communities

by Jorge Rivas on May 24 2012, 4:10PM

There are 80,000 fewer blacks in South LA than there were in 1990.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Mitt Romney: Educating Kids of Color is the 'Civil Rights Issue of Our Era'

Mitt Romney: Educating Kids of Color is the ‘Civil Rights Issue of Our Era’

by Jorge Rivas on May 24 2012, 11:38AM

On Wednesday, the presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney talked explicitly about schools failing students of color. But there’s a lot more to that story.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

What Fires Young Progressives' Activism? A New Study Asks Them

What Fires Young Progressives’ Activism? A New Study Asks Them

by Rinku Sen on May 24 2012, 9:49AM

In one of the first studies involving Occupy participants, the Applied Research Center gathered young activists from multiple movements in focus groups to ask, What propels you to the political frontline?

Topics: #Occupy, Politics, Movement, Schools & Youth, Youth and Race

The Growing Debate Over the Voting Rights Act

The Growing Debate Over the Voting Rights Act

by Brentin Mock on May 24 2012, 9:38AM

Section 5 is the ankle bracelet for certain jurisdictions on house arrest for repeated voting rights violations. Those areas now want courts to take the ankle bracelet off.

Topics: Voting Rights, Politics

Obama Holds 34-Point Lead Over Romney Among Registered Latino Voters

Obama Holds 34-Point Lead Over Romney Among Registered Latino Voters

by Jorge Rivas on May 23 2012, 12:30PM

Despite broken immigration promises and a record number of deportations Latinos continue to support the President.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Rep. Clyburn: 'Voter ID is Not a Problem' ... Really?

Rep. Clyburn: ‘Voter ID is Not a Problem’ … Really?

by Brentin Mock on May 22 2012, 4:00PM

Is the civil rights icon Rep. Jim Clyburn throwing in the towel in the battle over photo voter ID laws?

Topics: Voting Rights, Politics

Romney Releases First Spanish General Election Ad and Does Exactly What Latino Marketers Say Not to Do

Romney Releases First Spanish General Election Ad and Does Exactly What Latino Marketers Say Not to Do

by Jorge Rivas on May 18 2012, 12:00PM

GOP Presidential candidate Mitt Romney just released his first Spanish general election ad called “Día Uno,” which is the exact replica of his English ad except for the Spanish voice and copy on the screen.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Congress Speaks on Voting Rights--and Mississippi Hollers Back

Congress Speaks on Voting Rights—and Mississippi Hollers Back

by Brentin Mock on May 18 2012, 9:56AM

The intersection between what congressional Democrats and state Republicans are attempting around voting shows a tragic collision in which democracy, citizens of color, and many living in poverty will be the casualties.

Topics: Voting Rights, Politics

Black Leaders Say Obama Won’t Lose Support Because of Gay Marriage

by Jorge Rivas on May 11 2012, 1:01PM

Despite hysteria over Obama’s stance on gay marriage experts say it’s unlikely Obama will lose the African-American vote.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Is Black and Latino Voter Registration Threatened or Not?

Is Black and Latino Voter Registration Threatened or Not?

by Brentin Mock on May 11 2012, 10:31AM

There may be some disagreement on the numbers but we should agree on one thing: While voter registration numbers may not be as bad as reported, that doesn’t mean it’s time to rejoice.

Topics: Voting Rights, Politics