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Is President Obama's Jobs Drumbeat Working?

Is President Obama’s Jobs Drumbeat Working?

by Kai Wright on October 14 2011, 11:26AM

No, Obama can’t wave his magic wand and pass bills. But he can use the substantial bully pulpit he occupies to at least force the right conversation. He’s been doing so for weeks, and there are signs that it’s working.

Topics: Jobs Crisis, Kai Wright, Politics

Poll: Herman Cain Leads the Way Among GOP Contenders

Poll: Herman Cain Leads the Way Among GOP Contenders

by Jorge Rivas on October 13 2011, 2:34PM

The black conservative businessman continues his surprising run in the GOP primary.

Topics: Politics

A History of Georgia's 1%: Why You Must Face Race to Occupy Atlanta

A History of Georgia’s 1%: Why You Must Face Race to Occupy Atlanta

by Kung Li on October 13 2011, 10:12AM

When Occupiers decided civil rights icon John Lewis was no exception to their process of ordering speakers, critics said it revealed the movement’s blind spots on race. Kung Li explains how race defines the very space protestors occupy.

Topics: #Occupy, History, Politics

Harry Belafonte: 'You Can't Wish the Issue of Race Away' Play

Harry Belafonte: ‘You Can’t Wish the Issue of Race Away’

by Kai Wright on October 12 2011, 10:30AM

The 84-year-old artist and activist has published a memoir of his life and career. Colorlines.com’s publisher Rinku Sen spoke with him a year ago about the wisdom that career generated for today’s generation of change makers.

Topics: Kai Wright, Politics

Debate Night in the GOP: What's Their Plan for the Economy?

Debate Night in the GOP: What’s Their Plan for the Economy?

by Shani O. Hilton on October 12 2011, 9:25AM

The president’s jobs bill failed in the Senate yesterday, and then Republicans debated the economy—or, really, Herman Cain’s “9-9-9” plan and his love for Alan Greenspan.

Topics: Economy, Politics

Senate Apologizes for Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882

Senate Apologizes for Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882

by Jorge Rivas on October 11 2011, 1:09PM

The U.S. Senate issues an apology for banning Chinese immigrants from the country during the Gold Rush.

Topics: Politics

America's Conservatives Love Herman Cain's Empty Race Talk

America’s Conservatives Love Herman Cain’s Empty Race Talk

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

And it’s not just the Tea Party that’s listening.

Topics: GOP Primary, Politics

How is Occupy Wall Street Including Folks of Color? [Reader Forum]

How is Occupy Wall Street Including Folks of Color? [Reader Forum]

by Channing Kennedy on October 10 2011, 10:11AM

As the OWS movement evolves, some of those hit hardest by Wall Street’s bad behavior are categorically unable to lend their voices to the protests. Readers chime in on how to include everyone.

Topics: #Occupy, Politics

Herman Cain Calls Occupy Wall Street 'Un-American'

Herman Cain Calls Occupy Wall Street ‘Un-American’

by Jorge Rivas on October 7 2011, 11:37AM

Republican presidential candidate continues to criticize Occupy Wall Street protesters.

Topics: Politics

Protesters Occupy Washington, D.C.

Protesters Occupy Washington, D.C.

by Shani O. Hilton on October 7 2011, 11:06AM

It’s unclear how long the Occupy D.C. protesters will be hunkered down in downtown parks, but it’s possible they’ll continue to pick up steam the same way Occupy Wall Street has.

Topics: Politics

96-Year-Old Black Woman Denied Right to Vote in Tennessee

96-Year-Old Black Woman Denied Right to Vote in Tennessee

by Jorge Rivas on October 6 2011, 2:06PM

Dorothy Cooper may not be able to vote in 2012. It’ll be the first election she’s missed in 50 years.

Topics: Politics

Making Room for Racial Justice in the People Power Exploding Around Us

Making Room for Racial Justice in the People Power Exploding Around Us

by Rinku Sen on October 5 2011, 12:00PM

Bringing our movements together is key to re-conceiving the American Dream.

Topics: #Occupy, Politics, Movement

Report: New Restrictive Voting Rules Could Hurt 5 Million Americans

Report: New Restrictive Voting Rules Could Hurt 5 Million Americans

by Jorge Rivas on October 4 2011, 2:00PM

New restrictive voting laws across the country could affect up to five million voters from traditionally Democratic demographics in 2012, a new report has found.

Topics: Politics

ESPN Pulls Hank Williams Jr. Theme Song After Obama-Hitler Comparison

ESPN Pulls Hank Williams Jr. Theme Song After Obama-Hitler Comparison

by Jorge Rivas on October 4 2011, 12:00PM

But Williams isn’t backing down from his comments on the irony of politicians golfing together while working America struggles.

Topics: Politics

Rick Perry Spent the Weekend at 'Niggerhead' Ranch

Rick Perry Spent the Weekend at ‘Niggerhead’ Ranch

by Jorge Rivas on October 3 2011, 1:43PM

Texas Governor Rick Perry doesn’t deny leasing a hunting camp called “Niggerhead.”

Topics: Politics

How Hard is Obama Working for People Like You? [Reader Forum]

How Hard is Obama Working for People Like You? [Reader Forum]

by Channing Kennedy on October 3 2011, 9:28AM

Does President Obama have the right to tell black communities to ‘stop complaining’ — or is he simply drawing attention away from Candidate Obama’s unfulfilled promises? Our readers chime in.

Topics: Politics

Texas Gov. Rick Perry Loses His

Texas Gov. Rick Perry Loses His “Heart” to Tea Party on Immigration

by Shani O. Hilton on September 30 2011, 9:46AM

Now that he’s called his comments on immigration reform last week “inappropriate,” Rick Perry has officially joined the hard right of the Republican party.

Topics: GOP Primary, Politics

USPS's Largely Black and Female Workforce Rallies to Save Jobs

USPS’s Largely Black and Female Workforce Rallies to Save Jobs

by Stokely Baksh on September 28 2011, 1:32PM

While the agency has been under intense scrutiny, workers are backing a bill that they say will fix some of its most glaring shortcomings.

Topics: Politics

It's President Obama Who Needs to 'Stop Complaining' and Get to Work

It’s President Obama Who Needs to ‘Stop Complaining’ and Get to Work

by Kai Wright on September 28 2011, 11:51AM

Obama ruffled feathers with a speech telling black leaders to take off their “bedroom slippers” and join the battle for his jobs bill. Funny thing is, that’s just what they were trying to tell him.

Topics: Economy, Jobs Crisis, Kai Wright, Politics

Maxine Waters Calls Obama's CBC Criticism 'Curious'

Maxine Waters Calls Obama’s CBC Criticism ‘Curious’

by Jorge Rivas on September 26 2011, 12:15PM

Waters says the president would never have told any other group of legislators to “stop complaining.”

Topics: Politics