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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

Obama to Black Lawmakers: 'Stop Crying, We've Got Work to Do'

Obama to Black Lawmakers: ‘Stop Crying, We’ve Got Work to Do’

by Shani O. Hilton on September 26 2011, 9:30AM

The president’s remarks were just one of the more memorable moments from the annual Congressional Black Caucus’s legislative conference.

Topics: Politics

Herman Cain, Allen West and the Black GOP's Low Hopes

Herman Cain, Allen West and the Black GOP’s Low Hopes

by Shani O. Hilton on September 22 2011, 10:04AM

As the GOP primary unfolds, the antics of the party’s two leading African Americans seem farcical. But there’s a long history of black conservatism in American politics.

Topics: GOP Primary, Politics

U.S. Government Pressures Cherokee Nation to Accept Descendants of Slaves

U.S. Government Pressures Cherokee Nation to Accept Descendants of Slaves

by Jorge Rivas on September 15 2011, 3:57PM

The battle between the Cherokee Nation and the black members recently expelled from membership just got uglier.

Topics: Politics

FBI Trains Agents to Think 'Mainstream' Muslims Are 'Violent, Radical'

FBI Trains Agents to Think ‘Mainstream’ Muslims Are ‘Violent, Radical’

by Jorge Rivas on September 15 2011, 12:46PM

An FBI training facility in Quantico, Virginia has been teaching agents that “any war against non-believers is justified” under Muslim law.

Topics: Politics

Rick Perry Trumpets Border Violence Lie While Agents Admit They're Bored

Rick Perry Trumpets Border Violence Lie While Agents Admit They’re Bored

by Jorge Rivas on September 8 2011, 11:15AM

“The taxpayers are paying us all this extra money to do nothing,” said one agent.

Topics: Politics

Goodwin Liu Confirmation Gives CA Court Majority of Asian Justices

Goodwin Liu Confirmation Gives CA Court Majority of Asian Justices

by Jorge Rivas on September 2 2011, 12:00PM

Liu is the high court’s only Democrat and considered an expert on constitutional law, education policy and civil rights.

Topics: Politics

The $43 Million Islamophobia Machine

The $43 Million Islamophobia Machine

by Julianne Hing on September 1 2011, 10:05AM

A new report by the Center for American Progress untangles the wealthy web of conservative activists who’ve funneled millions of dollars over the last decade into an anti-Muslim crusade.

Topics: National Security, Politics

Does White Make Right? Racism and Gay-Shaming Drown BART Protests

Does White Make Right? Racism and Gay-Shaming Drown BART Protests

by Channing Kennedy on August 31 2011, 9:49AM

BART police have a plainly terrible record on shootings and accountability. So how did these protests become all about “Uncle Tom” caricatures, naked party pics and screwing up workers’ commutes?

Topics: Politics

The Definitive Guide to Bigotry in the 2012 Republican Primaries (So Far)

The Definitive Guide to Bigotry in the 2012 Republican Primaries (So Far)

by Sally Kohn on August 31 2011, 9:20AM

Slavery nostalgia. Submissive women. Southern secession. Brace yourself, the Republican Party is gonna have a long, ugly debate to pick its presidential nominee.

Topics: GOP Primary, Politics

Jesse Jackson Says Tea Party Would've Opposed Integration, Too

Jesse Jackson Says Tea Party Would’ve Opposed Integration, Too

by Jorge Rivas on August 26 2011, 1:25PM

The civil rights leader says the Tea Party’s ideals are the same as those that objected integration.

Topics: Politics