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Attorney General Eric Holder Says He's Ready to Protect Voters

Attorney General Eric Holder Says He’s Ready to Protect Voters

by Jorge Rivas on December 14 2011, 11:10AM

And he’ll have to back up his words in 2012.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Elected Officials Run and Lock Doors as Jobless Storm Capitol

Elected Officials Run and Lock Doors as Jobless Storm Capitol

by Jorge Rivas on December 8 2011, 1:04PM

Jobless demonstrators have stormed Capitol Hill this week, but are seeing (and recording) doors shut in their faces by elected officials, who must vote on an extension of unemployment benefits this month.

Topics: #Occupy, Politics

Ex-GOP Gov's Staff Guilty in 2010 Voter Suppression Scheme

Ex-GOP Gov’s Staff Guilty in 2010 Voter Suppression Scheme

by Jorge Rivas on December 7 2011, 1:16PM

Advocates say the decision sends a clear message to politicians who might attempt to suppress voters in 2012.

Topics: Politics

Newt Gingrich's Decades-Old Policy Attack on Communities of Color

Newt Gingrich’s Decades-Old Policy Attack on Communities of Color

by Shani O. Hilton on December 5 2011, 9:30AM

From welfare reform to the expansion of the nation’s prisons, the GOP frontrunner was the face of an onslaught of policies that disproportionately impacted black Americans.

Topics: GOP Primary, Politics

Gingrich Sees Immigrants as Humans (But Not Citizens); Risks Backlash

Gingrich Sees Immigrants as Humans (But Not Citizens); Risks Backlash

by Julianne Hing on November 28 2011, 9:55AM

And considering the remarkable rightward shift the GOP’s taken in recent years, that backlash could be huge.

Topics: GOP Primary, Newt Gingrich, Politics

Navy Ship Named After Civil Rights Hero Medgar Evers

Navy Ship Named After Civil Rights Hero Medgar Evers

by Jorge Rivas on November 28 2011, 9:45AM

Thee USNS Medgar Evers will deliver food, ammunition, fuel and supplies to other ships at sea.

Topics: Politics

Obama Talks Black History in 1991 National Television Appearance

Obama Talks Black History in 1991 National Television Appearance

by Jorge Rivas on November 22 2011, 1:01PM

Watch a then 29-year-old Obama’s first national television appearance.

Topics: Politics

The Super Committee Has Failed?! Wait, What's a Super Committee?

The Super Committee Has Failed?! Wait, What’s a Super Committee?

by Shani O. Hilton on November 22 2011, 10:45AM

In Southeast D.C., where unemployment is close to 30 percent and where people are most likely to feel the pain of social service cuts, it’s enough to know the big picture: “They don’t seem to care about us.”

Topics: Debt Deal, Politics

First Lady Michelle Obama Gets Booed at Nascar Event

First Lady Michelle Obama Gets Booed at Nascar Event

by Jorge Rivas on November 21 2011, 3:30PM

And by an overwhelmingly white audience. But what does the incident say about our electorate?

Topics: Politics

SEIU Endorses Obama For 2012, Projects Big Support From Blacks and Labor

SEIU Endorses Obama For 2012, Projects Big Support From Blacks and Labor

by Jorge Rivas on November 16 2011, 1:18PM

While the union’s support may not be a surprise, the announcement may a sign that progressive are planning their fight earlier than usual.

Topics: Politics

The White House Punts on Policies That Affect People of Color

The White House Punts on Policies That Affect People of Color

by Shani O. Hilton on November 16 2011, 10:32AM

Rather than supporting activists, it seems that the White House is simply gearing up for the election by attempting to protect itself from particularly liberal-friendly policies until the campaign is over.

Topics: Politics

Fort Hood Shooting Victims Sue Federal Gov. for $750 million‎ in Negligence Claim

Fort Hood Shooting Victims Sue Federal Gov. for $750 million‎ in Negligence Claim

by Jorge Rivas on November 14 2011, 2:16PM

The families allege that the military had an obligation to do more.

Topics: Politics

White House Releases Report Outlining How It's Helped Blacks

White House Releases Report Outlining How It’s Helped Blacks

by Jorge Rivas on November 14 2011, 10:57AM

The President says the Recovery Act is just one of his administration’s policies that’s benefited 2.2 million black families and nearly half of all black children.

Topics: Politics

A Brief Uncensored Guide to Herman Cain's Memorable Campaign Talk Infographic

A Brief Uncensored Guide to Herman Cain’s Memorable Campaign Talk

by Jamilah King, Hatty Lee on November 14 2011, 9:48AM

We’ve rounded up some of the presidential hopeful’s most quotable moments.

Topics: GOP Primary, Politics

Herman Cain's Break With Black Conservatism Gets Him White Support

Herman Cain’s Break With Black Conservatism Gets Him White Support

by Shani O. Hilton on November 11 2011, 10:00AM

Embattled GOP favorite Herman Cain has built his presidential campaign on being unapologetically rich, and black.

Topics: GOP Primary, Politics

Racist Phone Calls for Hmong City Council Candidate in Minnesota

Racist Phone Calls for Hmong City Council Candidate in Minnesota

by Jorge Rivas on November 10 2011, 4:24PM

A racist man angry about the Saint Paul’s changing demographics takes it out on a local politician. And there’s a recording of it.

Topics: Politics

Univision News Poll: Obama Holds Advantage with Latino Voters

Univision News Poll: Obama Holds Advantage with Latino Voters

by Jorge Rivas on November 10 2011, 2:53PM

Latinos still support Obama. But it’s not because they think he’s a great president.

Topics: Politics

While the GOP Loses at the Polls, There's Plenty of Reason Left to Worry

While the GOP Loses at the Polls, There’s Plenty of Reason Left to Worry

by Jorge Rivas on November 9 2011, 11:51AM

Voters in Arizona, Ohio, Mississippi and North Carolina all fought back against regressive conservative policies in Tuesday’s elections. But the big battles aren’t over. Here’s why.

Topics: Politics

5 Reasons Why You Should Care About New Restrictive Voting Laws

5 Reasons Why You Should Care About New Restrictive Voting Laws

by Jorge Rivas on November 8 2011, 12:29PM

As restrictive new voter registration laws sweep the country, advocates are pressuring the Justice department to step in.

Topics: Politics

Forget Diversity, It's About

Forget Diversity, It’s About “Occupying” Racial Inequity

by Rinku Sen on November 1 2011, 9:47AM

The Occupy movement is clearly unifying, and centralizing racial equity will help to sustain that unity. This won’t happen accidentally or automatically. It’ll take more of the difficult work that’s already underway in several local movements.

Topics: #Occupy, Politics, Movement