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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

Judge Approves Landmark $1.2 Billion Settlement for Black Farmers

Judge Approves Landmark $1.2 Billion Settlement for Black Farmers

by Jorge Rivas on October 28 2011, 2:10PM

Tens of thousands of farmers who suffered racial discrimination by the U.S. Agriculture Department in the 1980s and ’90s may start getting compensation soon.

Topics: Politics

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