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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

Is ALEC on the Ropes? As Companies Flee, Critics Target IRS

Is ALEC on the Ropes? As Companies Flee, Critics Target IRS

by Kai Wright on April 23 2012, 11:37AM

Another bad day for the secretive conservative group that’s spread pro-corporate and Tea Party-style legislation around the country. Common Cause challenges its tax exempt status.

Topics: /NOW, Politics, Schools & Youth

Obama Launches Latinos for Obama, Romney Releases Anto-Obama Infographic

Obama Launches Latinos for Obama, Romney Releases Anto-Obama Infographic

by Jorge Rivas on April 20 2012, 2:26PM

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney countered President Obama’s Latino outreach by arguing that Obama “has brought hard times to Hispanics,” citing their unemployment numbers.

Topics: GOP Primary, /NOW, Politics

Official Who Banned Mexican-American Studies in Tucson Targets Colleges

Official Who Banned Mexican-American Studies in Tucson Targets Colleges

by Jorge Rivas on April 18 2012, 3:56PM

John Huppenthal, a state official who spearheaded the attack on the Tucson program appears to have a new target: Mexican-American studies at the college level.

Topics: /NOW, Politics, Schools & Youth

Mitt Romney's Dismal Racial Justice Track Record

Mitt Romney’s Dismal Racial Justice Track Record

by Shani O. Hilton on April 18 2012, 8:56AM

Now that he’s the clear front-runner for the GOP nomination, we’re breaking down just where he stands on the issues that matter most to people of color.

Topics: 2012 Election, GOP Primary, Politics

Mitt Romney: Not Winning Latino Vote

Mitt Romney: Not Winning Latino Vote “Spells Doom for Us”

by Jorge Rivas on April 17 2012, 2:30PM

The GOP presidential hopeful says he plans on reminding Latinos Obama promised immigration reform and didn’t fulfill those promises.

Topics: GOP Primary, /NOW, Politics

ALEC Scraps Voter ID and 'Kill at Will' Task Force

ALEC Scraps Voter ID and ‘Kill at Will’ Task Force

by Brentin Mock on April 17 2012, 1:06AM

ALEC finally cuts loose its task force responsible for popularizing legislation that obstructs voting rights and allows gun owners to kill at will.

Topics: ALEC, Voting Rights, Politics