Lots Going Down in Chi-Town: Obama, Blago, and the Republic Sit-in

by Terry Keleher on December 9 2008, 10:38AM

From his transition office in downtown Chicago, as President-Elect Barack Obama continues to rapidly line up has plans and personnel for his incoming administration, he’s getting a close-up look at a lot of other significant developments going down around…

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Obama Could Pass Over Progressive Latino for Interior Secretary

by Guest Columnist on December 8 2008, 8:11AM

Obama Rumored to Be Leaning Toward Pro-Hunter, Pro-Logging Democrat to Lead Interior Department By Roberto Lovato, Of América A source close to the Obama transition team just told me that “(Congressman Raul) Grijalva fell out of favor and they are…

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Preventing Unintentional Racial Impacts

by Terry Keleher on November 26 2008, 10:04AM

Originally published by American Forum ILLINOIS EDITORIAL FORUM By Sen. Mattie Hunter and Rep. Arthur Turner Suppose you’re a white person who uses drugs. Now suppose you’re a black person who uses drugs. Think you run the same risk of…

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How to Accept It’s a Post-Racial Society (a.k.a., How You Can Learn to Stop Making Excuses, Throw Away All Your Race Cards and Accept We Are Living in a Post-Racial Society)

by Dom Apollon on November 11 2008, 3:28PM

If you’re like me, you justifiably shed tears at the incredible symbolic power unleashed this week when Americans chose Barack Hussein Obama to be our 44th president. Moreover, his victory speech rightfully reminded us after eight years in the Bush…

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State Wins and Losses: Ballot Initiatives Roundup

by Jonathan Adams on November 7 2008, 7:11AM

Immigration While immigration was all but ignored by both presidential candidates, voters in several states were presented with ballot measures on immigration enforcement and English-only requirements. In Oregon, an English-only initiative failed though one passed in Missouri. A harsh criminal…

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PROP 6 and 9 = More for 69

by Guest Columnist on October 16 2008, 12:23PM

By Truc T Nguyen, Generations Ahead November is a hefty month for the future of America with a historical presidential election at stake and, for Californians, an opportunity to prove our humility on the ballot. A quarter of the propositions…

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The Red Meat of Hate

by Terry Keleher on October 14 2008, 10:54AM

An op-ed by bestselling author Frank Schaeffer entitled “An Open Letter to John McCain,” published in Friday’s Baltimore Sun, has generated considerable buzz. Schaeffer excoriates McCain for “”feeding the most unhinged elements of our society the red meat of hate.”…

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Racist Republican Strategy Attracts Violent Supporters

by Jonathan Adams on October 7 2008, 7:54AM

H/T Huffington Post John McCain seems to be cutting more people out of the country he wants to put first with racist insinuations of Obama’s “otherness.” Watch as he asks “Who is the Real Barack Obama, ” and someone…

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Why Racial Politics and Voting in Ohio Impact Us All

by Guest Columnist on October 3 2008, 10:44AM

By Chris Crews Only a few months ago, I was tromping through the lush forests of Central Ohio passing Amish horse and buggies and eating venison while working as an environmental education teacher with Ohio middle schoolers. But nowadays…

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California Families Win, Two ‘Books Not Bars’ Bills Signed

by Jonathan Adams on September 30 2008, 10:58AM

A great victory for the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, its partner organizations and for all California families, Governor Schwarzenegger signed the Family Communications Act (SB 1250) authored by Sen. Leland Yee of San Francisco and the Keeping…

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A Note on DNC Protesters…and Activists In General!

by Guest Columnist on August 28 2008, 10:42AM

Originally published on Kenyon Farrow Today I came across this video report, from the American News Project, about police intimidation of protesters at the Democratic National Convention in Denver this week. This video, we’ve seen a million times since the…

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Getting out the Latino vote

by Rinku Sen on August 28 2008, 7:13AM

Yesterday, I was all about the Latinos. First, I interviewed people about the Latino vote and what the Obama campaign is doing to get it. Latinos at the convention are enthusiastic about their candidate (“Obamanos”), but there is some…

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NPR: US Rep. Tubbs-Jones Dies, Colleagues Pay Tribute

by Jonathan Adams on August 21 2008, 5:45PM

Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones died yesterday, after suffering a brain aneurysm. She was 58 years old. Tubbs Jones made history, as the first black woman to represent Ohio in Congress. U.S. Reps. James Clyburn (D-SC) and Maxine Waters (D-CA)…

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On the 20th Anniversary of H.R. 442

by Gina Acebo on August 8 2008, 6:45PM

by gacebo Forgive me… is all that you can say Years go by and still The words won’t come easily Like forgive me, forgive me - Tracy Chapman August 10th marks the 20th Anniversary of the Civil Liberties Act of…

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Maybe That’s a Way of Gookifying Them

by Guest Columnist on July 18 2008, 9:56AM

By Irwin Tang Last week, a reporter informed Senator John McCain that exports to Iran had increased tenfold during the Bush years, and that a great portion of those exports were cigarettes. McCain responded, “Maybe that’s a way of…

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The GOP Struggles, Conservatism May Not.

by on June 2 2008, 1:15PM

The pages of liberal and progressive magazines have been brimming these past few months with articles and book reviews about conservatism and the Republican Party. As the Bush Administration finds itself a failure in the eyes of many and the…

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Where’s the Love?

by Hatty Lee on May 20 2008, 1:12PM

Some say that Asian Americans don’t support Obama because he’s Black. Some say we support Clinton because we are more politically conservative. And McCain…well, “I hate gooks” will not win us over. Maybe part of the problem is that they’ve…

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Iowa Law Weighs Racial Impact

by Jonathan Adams on May 2 2008, 9:58AM

From NPR, News and Notes Farai Chideya talks with Iowa Governor Chet Culver about a new law, which requires lawmakers to consider the impact proposed sentencing laws have on racial and ethnic groups in Iowa. It applies to crime, parole…

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What’s Happening in Philly During the Primary?

by Jonathan Adams on April 22 2008, 2:08PM

As you prepare for Pennsylvania’s primary results. we’ve been looking at Philadelphia, the largest city in Pennsylvania and the sixth largest in the country. There’s a lot going on in Philly. The MOVE 9, members of a radical Philadelphia…

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Pat Buchanan: Black People Should Be Grateful

by Jonathan Adams on March 24 2008, 12:34PM

As the coverage continues after Barack Obama’s speech on race, Pat Buchanan, the cantankerous conservative, writes in his syndicated column, “A Brief for Whitey,” that “White America needs to be heard from, not just lectured to.” He continues, First, America…

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