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How to Be a Racial Justice Hero, on MLK Day and All Year Long Infographic

How to Be a Racial Justice Hero, on MLK Day and All Year Long

by Hatty Lee, Terry Keleher on January 16 2012, 10:26AM

Martin Luther King, Jr., isn’t the only racial justice hero—you can be one too. Simply drill down on your daily routine, ask some basic questions about equity in the institutions you engage and deploy your own hero powers to fight for it.

Topics: MLK Day, Politics

A Tumblr With Racist Political Ads, Sorted by Who They're Racist Against

A Tumblr With Racist Political Ads, Sorted by Who They’re Racist Against

by Jorge Rivas on January 13 2012, 4:55PM

A Tumblr that launched recently collects racist, sexist and homophobic political ads, and organizes them neatly for you by who the ad is “racist against.”

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Lawyer Hired by South Carolina: DOJ is Biased Against Whites

Lawyer Hired by South Carolina: DOJ is Biased Against Whites

by Jorge Rivas on January 11 2012, 10:28AM

The battle over Voter ID laws continues.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Obama's Feeling His Power Lately. What Else Can He Do With It?

Obama’s Feeling His Power Lately. What Else Can He Do With It?

by Shani O. Hilton on January 11 2012, 9:58AM

In 2012, President Obama has discovered the power of his office—he’s taken three big executive actions that are just the sort justice advocates have been begging for all along. What else could he do before Election Day?

Topics: Politics

Cecilia Muñoz, Obama's Liaison to Latinos, Gets a Big Promotion

Cecilia Muñoz, Obama’s Liaison to Latinos, Gets a Big Promotion

by Jorge Rivas on January 10 2012, 3:20PM

Some civil right groups are praising the move but Muñoz also faces criticism because of the Obama administration’s record number of deportations.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Why the GOP's Spectacular Collapse Isn't Good for Social Justice

Why the GOP’s Spectacular Collapse Isn’t Good for Social Justice

by Kai Wright on January 10 2012, 10:41AM

Elections are for incumbents all about accountability for the choices they’ve made. And the Obama camp desperately needs a reality check with the reformist voters who bought into it’s message of change four years ago.

Topics: GOP Primary, Kai Wright, Politics

Calling Asians Racist Slurs on Fast Food Receipts is Now a National Trend

Calling Asians Racist Slurs on Fast Food Receipts is Now a National Trend

by Jorge Rivas on January 9 2012, 2:11PM

The first two incidents happened in Irvine, Calif., now a woman in NYC received a receipt calling her ‘lady chinky eyes.’

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Mitt Romney Wants Latino Voters to Know His Father Was Born in Mexico

Mitt Romney Wants Latino Voters to Know His Father Was Born in Mexico

by Jorge Rivas on January 9 2012, 12:30PM

Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney on Monday made it clear he needs to win the Latino vote to get to the White House.

Topics: GOP Primary, /NOW, Politics

They Are the (White) 94 Percent Who Shape Presidential Elections Infographic

They Are the (White) 94 Percent Who Shape Presidential Elections

by Hatty Lee on January 9 2012, 9:30AM

INFOGRAPHIC: New Hampshire voters proudly play a crucial role in shaping national politics. Hatty Lee draws a picture of just how far the state comes from representing the whole nation.

Topics: GOP Primary, Politics

Clarence Thomas, Elena Kagan and the Battle Over Who Gets To Rule

Clarence Thomas, Elena Kagan and the Battle Over Who Gets To Rule

by Victor Goode on January 9 2012, 8:58AM

As the Supreme Court prepares to take on a slate of big, history-shaping cases, the most weighty question is which justices will—or won’t—get to decide the outcome. Victor Goode explains the ethics fight that’s not going away any time soon.

Topics: Health, Politics

The Personhood Movement Is Flexing on the GOP. We Should All Be Afraid

The Personhood Movement Is Flexing on the GOP. We Should All Be Afraid

by Akiba Solomon on January 6 2012, 9:17AM

Between the Iowa caucuses and the resurgence of Personhood Mississippi, the reproductive health rights terrain has gotten rougher. Are we ready to navigate it?

Topics: Gender, Gender & Sexuality, Politics

Obama Recess Appointments: Enough for AFL-CIO Endorsement?

by Jorge Rivas on January 5 2012, 2:43PM

Insiders say Obama’s recent appointments may give the country’s largest labor union the necessary cover to endorse President Obama.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Herman Cain is Back: He’s kicking off his “Solutions” Bus Tour

by Jorge Rivas on January 5 2012, 12:28PM

And he’s not letting go of the 9-9-9 plan.

Topics: GOP Primary, /NOW, Politics

98 Percent Pass Indiana's Job Training Drug Tests

98 Percent Pass Indiana’s Job Training Drug Tests

by Jorge Rivas on January 4 2012, 4:26PM

The state has spent thousands of dollars to prevent 23 applicants that tested positive for drug use from joining the program.

Topics: Economy, /NOW, Politics

Iowa Caucus and How the State Is Much Whiter Than the Rest of U.S.

Iowa Caucus and How the State Is Much Whiter Than the Rest of U.S.

by Jorge Rivas on January 3 2012, 12:54PM

The overwhelmingly white voters today will choose which candidates the country will have to consider seriously.

Topics: GOP Primary, /NOW, Politics

The Dirtiest of Words on Capitol Hill:

The Dirtiest of Words on Capitol Hill: “Racism”

by Shani O. Hilton on January 3 2012, 9:59AM

Shani O. Hilton searches the words that members of Congress use as stand-ins for frank conversations about race, and finds some interesting trends.

Topics: Politics

Mitt Romney Promises to Veto DREAM Act if Elected President

Mitt Romney Promises to Veto DREAM Act if Elected President

by Jorge Rivas on January 2 2012, 12:58PM

Mitt Romney says he’ll veto the DREAM Act but he is, however, delighted about giving immigrants a path to permanent residency if they serve the military.

Topics: GOP Primary, /NOW, Politics

All I Want For Christmas Is Change I Can Believe In

All I Want For Christmas Is Change I Can Believe In

by Terry Keleher on December 23 2011, 9:29AM

Dear President Obama, I’m no longer expecting miracles. And I know it’s gonna take a whole movement to raise some real hope and change. But in the spirit of the season, I’m just making my wishes clear.

Topics: Politics

Republican Congressman Says Michelle Obama Has a 'Big Butt'

Republican Congressman Says Michelle Obama Has a ‘Big Butt’

by Kai Wright on December 22 2011, 1:55PM

Wisconsin Rep. James Sensenbrenner told a church gathering that Michelle Obama’s butt is too big, so she has no right leading an anti-obesity campaign. Seriousy.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Will Young Voters Steal the Show in 2012? Maybe, If Lawmakers Listen

Will Young Voters Steal the Show in 2012? Maybe, If Lawmakers Listen

by Jamilah King on December 22 2011, 9:56AM

Operatives from both parties will be courting young voters in 2012, but it’s crucial to understand what drives young people to political action in the first place.

Topics: 2012: What's Ahead?, Politics