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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

The Real Lesson of North Carolina's Amendment 1

The Real Lesson of North Carolina’s Amendment 1

by Kenyon Farrow on May 11 2012, 9:01AM

Pundits are obsessing over what black voters think about same-sex marriage. It’s the wrong question. Strong, new coalitions are growing around a far broader social justice fight for all the relationships and families the right fears and demonizes.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, Marriage Rights, Politics

Thinking About Attending Facing Race? Allow These Notables to Persuade You

Thinking About Attending Facing Race? Allow These Notables to Persuade You

by Jorge Rivas on May 10 2012, 10:48AM

Check out the star studded video of conference highlights presented by ARC Executive Director Rinku Sen, including testimonials from Melissa Harris Perry, Ai-jen Poo, and Van Jones.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Voter Suppression Groups Plot a Million-Person Army to Swarm Polls

Voter Suppression Groups Plot a Million-Person Army to Swarm Polls

by Brentin Mock on May 10 2012, 9:07AM

The campaign’s leader described how voters should feel while under the gaze of its observers: “Like driving and seeing the police following you.” The right casts this as the real civil rights battle of our time.

Topics: 2012 Election, Voting Rights, Politics

Writer Who Was Fired for Bashing Black Studies Continues, Slams “Academic Mob”

by Jorge Rivas on May 9 2012, 3:18PM

The former Chronicle of Higher Education blogger continues to take stabs at black studies and has an even bigger platform now. Most recently she said “black studies is a cause, not a course of study.”

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW, Politics

Why Tea Party Lawmakers Are Trying to Conflate Poverty and Drug Addiction

Why Tea Party Lawmakers Are Trying to Conflate Poverty and Drug Addiction

by on May 7 2012, 10:07AM

Since 2010, a new meme has spread to dozens of states: Drug testing people who apply for safety net benefits. The goal is to change economic debates into a culture war over who does and does not deserve help.

Topics: ALEC, Drug Tests, Economy, Jobs Crisis, Politics

A View From Inside the Tea Party's Voter Suppression Confab

A View From Inside the Tea Party’s Voter Suppression Confab

by Brentin Mock on May 1 2012, 10:17AM

The cabal of rightwing activists and elected officials who have worked so hard to create the myth of voter fraud gather in Texas to redouble their efforts.

Topics: 2012 Election, Voting Rights, Politics

The Politicians of Color Who Stand to Win Mitt Romney's Veepstakes

The Politicians of Color Who Stand to Win Mitt Romney’s Veepstakes

by Shani O. Hilton on May 1 2012, 10:05AM

In the race to fill out this year’s GOP presidential ticket, the most interesting options for vice presidential running mates are non-white guys.

Topics: GOP Primary, Politics

Where's the Color in the Occupy Movement? Wherever We Put It

Where’s the Color in the Occupy Movement? Wherever We Put It

by David Zlutnick, Rinku Sen, Yvonne Yen Liu on May 1 2012, 10:00AM

On a day when the world celebrates the rights of everyday workers, we sat down with activists of color to talk about Occupy Wall Street.

Topics: #Occupy, Politics

South L.A.'s Community Coalition on the Civil Unrest [Video]

South L.A.’s Community Coalition on the Civil Unrest [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on April 30 2012, 5:51PM

The site includes videos with analysis from L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, a local news anchor, community activists, residents and academics.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

People of Color Less Likely to Vote Due to Super PAC Influence

People of Color Less Likely to Vote Due to Super PAC Influence

by Brentin Mock on April 26 2012, 9:20AM

Unjust Voter ID laws won’t solve the problem of a broken democracy, especially when fat-cat Super PAC donors aren’t subject to the same identification regimens.

Topics: Voting Rights, Politics