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Rep. Keith Ellison Says Congress Can't Afford to Ignore Racial Profiling

Rep. Keith Ellison Says Congress Can’t Afford to Ignore Racial Profiling

by Shani O. Hilton on October 28 2011, 12:48PM

The ACLU is promoting a bill called the End Racial Profiling Act to curb shady practices by law enforcement.

Topics: Politics

South Dakota Profits When Native Kids Get Thrown Into Foster Care

South Dakota Profits When Native Kids Get Thrown Into Foster Care

by Jorge Rivas on October 27 2011, 2:43PM

Nearly 700 Native American children in the state are being removed from their homes every year.

Topics: Politics

Herman Cain's Tax Plan is Falling Out of Favor With Voters

Herman Cain’s Tax Plan is Falling Out of Favor With Voters

by Shani O. Hilton on October 26 2011, 1:00PM

Conservatives prefer Rick Perry’s approach.

Topics: Politics

Federal Judge Blocks Florida's Welfare Drug Testing Law

Federal Judge Blocks Florida’s Welfare Drug Testing Law

by Jorge Rivas on October 26 2011, 11:26AM

The state’s law requiring welfare applicants to pass drug tests was temporarily blocked by a federal judge, who indicated it likely violates the Fourth Amendment.

Topics: Politics

Occupy Oakland Faces a Troubled Police Dept.--and Historic Mayor

Occupy Oakland Faces a Troubled Police Dept.—and Historic Mayor

by Roberto Lovato on October 26 2011, 9:31AM

Oakland’s first Asian-American mayor, Jean Quan, has authorized violent police raids on the Occupy Oakland encampment. For many protestors of color, the move raised questions about the face—and complexion—of the power they’re fighting.

Topics: #Occupy, Politics

Riot Police Raid Occupy Oakland, Arrest 85

Riot Police Raid Occupy Oakland, Arrest 85

by Jorge Rivas on October 25 2011, 3:32PM

The occupation had been one of the largest 99 percent protests in the country.

Topics: Politics

The Maddening Effect of South Carolina's Proposed Voter ID Law

The Maddening Effect of South Carolina’s Proposed Voter ID Law

by Jorge Rivas on October 25 2011, 11:44AM

Poor black people in the South have to jump through hoops to be able to vote in 2012.

Topics: Politics

Condoleezza Rice Regrets Watching Broadway Show During Katrina

Condoleezza Rice Regrets Watching Broadway Show During Katrina

by Jamilah King on October 25 2011, 10:00AM

The former Secretary of State dishes it all in her new memoir.

Topics: Politics

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal Wins Landslide Re-Election

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal Wins Landslide Re-Election

by Jorge Rivas on October 24 2011, 2:15PM

The country’s first Indian American governor wins his re-election bid in Louisiana. Some say the White House is the next stop.

Topics: Politics

Latina Activist Betita Martinez's Wisdom for Young Organizers

Latina Activist Betita Martinez’s Wisdom for Young Organizers

by Yvonne Yen Liu on October 20 2011, 9:57AM

A trailblazing activist, Betita Martinez reflects on everything from motherhood to Occupy Wall Street.

Topics: Politics

Rick Perry Reserves His 'Brother' References for Herman Cain

Rick Perry Reserves His ‘Brother’ References for Herman Cain

by Jorge Rivas on October 19 2011, 3:34PM

Is the Texas governor trying to make up for his “Niggerhead” ranch controversy?

Topics: Politics

Herman Cain Defends Plans for Border 'Technology' in GOP Debate

Herman Cain Defends Plans for Border ‘Technology’ in GOP Debate

by Shani O. Hilton on October 19 2011, 10:07AM

If you think Herman Cain’s 9-9-9 tax plan is bad, wait ‘till you hear what’s he’s got in store for immigration enforcement.

Topics: Politics

MLK Memorial Finally Dedicated After 10 Years of Fundraising, a Hurricane and Earthquake

MLK Memorial Finally Dedicated After 10 Years of Fundraising, a Hurricane and Earthquake

by Jorge Rivas on October 17 2011, 2:32PM

The celebration was far smaller than organizers had anticipated back in August, but the message was loud and clear: there’s still work left to be done.

Topics: Politics

How is Black Migration Changing the Country? [Reader Forum]

How is Black Migration Changing the Country? [Reader Forum]

by Channing Kennedy on October 17 2011, 10:45AM

Black families are moving to the South and the suburbs. How will this effect, well, everything? Our readers chime in.

Topics: Politics

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