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Labor Wars: Michigan is the New Wisconsin

Labor Wars: Michigan is the New Wisconsin

by Akiba Solomon on June 29 2011, 10:04AM

GOP-appointed emergency managers have unchecked power over Michigan’s public purse strings. We should all be very afraid.

Topics: Politics

Indiana Can't Defund Planned Parenthood, Says Federal Judge

Indiana Can’t Defund Planned Parenthood, Says Federal Judge

by Asraa Mustufa on June 28 2011, 11:12AM

But the right is plowing ahead with its state-level movement to block the group’s reproductive health services, which are crucial to women of color in many cities.

Topics: Health, Planned Parenthood, Politics

In Defense, Sort of, of Black Republican Herman Cain

In Defense, Sort of, of Black Republican Herman Cain

by Channing Kennedy on June 27 2011, 1:30PM

It’s easy to dismiss the presidential candidate’s rhetoric, but much harder to ignore the very real foundations of black conservatives.

Topics: Politics

Survey Says: Capitol Hill's Staff Is Lily White

Survey Says: Capitol Hill’s Staff Is Lily White

by Shani O. Hilton on June 24 2011, 12:06PM

We asked some staffers of color what that means for public policy, and why it’s such an intransigent problem.

Topics: Politics

Do Airlines Have a Double Standard for Black Passengers? Take Our Poll Interactive

Do Airlines Have a Double Standard for Black Passengers? Take Our Poll

by Jorge Rivas on June 24 2011, 11:12AM

US Airways has sparked widespread criticism with its “sagging pants” controversy. We want to know what you think.

Topics: Politics

This Season's Worst Racist Political Attack Ad (So Far)

This Season’s Worst Racist Political Attack Ad (So Far)

by Julianne Hing on June 16 2011, 2:00PM

Turn Right USA turned Janice Hahn into a red-eyed devil stripper while black men surround her and say, “Yeah, gimme your cash, bitch.” Seriously.

Topics: Politics

Bobby Jindal's Plan to Privatize Health Insurance for 250,000 Workers

Bobby Jindal’s Plan to Privatize Health Insurance for 250,000 Workers

by Asraa Mustufa on June 13 2011, 2:38PM

Will Louisiana Gov. Jindal’s health care privatization scheme turn into the next big-business scandal for the GOP?

Topics: Politics

Herman Cain: I'd Put Gays in My Cabinet, Since They'd Be Anti-Sharia

Herman Cain: I’d Put Gays in My Cabinet, Since They’d Be Anti-Sharia

by Channing Kennedy on June 7 2011, 3:53PM

Yup. It’s election season.

Topics: Politics

Don't Call Them

Don’t Call Them “Post-Racial”—How Young People Actually Think About Race

by Dom Apollon on June 7 2011, 2:41PM

A three-part series in which Dom Apollon breaks down the findings from a series of focus groups with Millennials on everything from Barack Obama to criminal justice.

Topics: Politics, Schools & Youth, Youth and Race

Chicago Study Proves That All Young Black Voters Aren't the Same

Chicago Study Proves That All Young Black Voters Aren’t the Same

by Asraa Mustufa on June 6 2011, 10:00AM

It’s time for a more nuanced approach to address the needs of young voters of color.

Topics: Politics

How Long Can GOP Lawmakers Alienate Muslim Voters?

How Long Can GOP Lawmakers Alienate Muslim Voters?

by Asraa Mustufa on June 6 2011, 10:00AM

Tim Murphy at Mother Jones takes a closer look at the GOP’s changing attitude toward yet another growing voting bloc.

Topics: Politics

How do White People Perceive Racism in 2011? [Reader Forum]

How do White People Perceive Racism in 2011? [Reader Forum]

by Channing Kennedy on May 30 2011, 8:29PM

Readers from a variety of perspectives chime in on a new study, which indicates that whites now think themselves more discriminated against than blacks.

Topics: Politics

Can You Picture America's Demographic Future?

Can You Picture America’s Demographic Future?

by Asraa Mustufa on May 27 2011, 3:22PM

PolicyLink recently released a time-lapse map showing where people of color will become a majority in the U.S. over the next 30 years.

Topics: Politics

Will 2012 Become Labor's Moment of Political Truth?

Will 2012 Become Labor’s Moment of Political Truth?

by Yvonne Yen Liu on May 27 2011, 9:09AM

Let’s hope so. Because workers of color have rarely been in more dire need of a true political voice.

Topics: Economy, Politics

Wisconsin Set to Pass Country's Most Restrictive Voter ID Law

Wisconsin Set to Pass Country’s Most Restrictive Voter ID Law

by Jamilah King on May 24 2011, 9:31AM

As more bills sweep across the country, concern is growing over the GOP’s push to fix a problem that, statistically, just doesn’t exist.

Topics: Politics

Ron Paul Says He Would Have Voted Against Civil Rights Act

Ron Paul Says He Would Have Voted Against Civil Rights Act

by Asraa Mustufa on May 16 2011, 11:53AM

Staying true to his brand of extreme libertarianism, the presidential candidate said he objected to the Civil Rights Act because of its infringement on private property rights.

Topics: Politics

If Black Power's Not Gone, Where Is It? [Reader Forum]

If Black Power’s Not Gone, Where Is It? [Reader Forum]

by Channing Kennedy on May 16 2011, 9:30AM

Victor Goode and Tim Jones-Yelvington add context and questions to the ongoing conversation about racial and political identities.

Topics: History, Politics

Asian-American Voter Outreach 101: Don't Do What Dan Adler Did

Asian-American Voter Outreach 101: Don’t Do What Dan Adler Did

by Julianne Hing on May 13 2011, 1:49PM

Yes, he’s a real person seeking actual public office. But you wouldn’t guess it from this ridiculous campaign ad.

Topics: Politics

Sharpton, Cornel West and What Real Accountability Would Look Like

Sharpton, Cornel West and What Real Accountability Would Look Like

by Tammy Johnson on May 13 2011, 12:13PM

A sharp debate on MSNBC brought out issues of class and leadership, but largely missed the point.

Topics: Politics

Tennesee's Radical Anti-Shariah Bill Amended, But Still Targeted at Muslims

Tennesee’s Radical Anti-Shariah Bill Amended, But Still Targeted at Muslims

by Asraa Mustufa on May 13 2011, 9:00AM

Critics argue that the new bill raises huge concerns about due process and other possible constitutional violations.

Topics: Politics