Eliot Spitzer: Crusader By Day, Philanderer By Night

by Guest Columnist on March 17 2008, 6:44AM

by Samantha Erskine In an ironic turn of events, New York’s governor Eliot Spitzer was forced to resign because he was caught paying thousands of dollars for a pre-Valentine’s Day rendezvous with an escort at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington,…

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One Man is Never Enough, We Still Have to Fight

by Rinku Sen on March 13 2008, 2:52PM

Many people are anxious about the fallout from Governor Spitzer’s problems, wondering what will happen now to the racial justice commitments he has historically supported. Organizations that work on sex traffic are mourning the loss of an important champion for…

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Spitzer Resigns, New York Will Have a Black Governor

by Jonathan Adams on March 11 2008, 12:02PM

Editor’s note: Sorry about the delay. We will have limited internet access for the rest of the week, and we may be slow to post. After news of Eliot Spitzer’s involvement in a prostitution ring and his subsequent resignation rocked…

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Race Riots Reexamined: Kerner Report 40 Years Later

by Jonathan Adams on March 4 2008, 2:34PM

The Kerner Report was released on February 29, 1968, and this report was commissioned by Lyndon B. Johnson who formed a committee to research race relations after a deadly series of summer race riots all over the country. Angering Lyndon…

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GOP: How Racist is Too Racist?

by Jonathan Adams on February 26 2008, 10:46AM

Originally on Politico, Republican strategists are polling American voters to avoid “undisciplined messaging” that may appear racist or sexist. The Republican National Committee has commissioned polling and focus groups to determine the boundaries of attacking a minority or female candidate,…

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After Super Duper Tuesday, the Race Debate Continues

by Jonathan Adams on February 6 2008, 12:37PM

As political pundits continue to discuss last night’s results, the stories about race and gender also persist. The Nation Huffington Post Huffington Post New York Magazine…

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Americans Demand Change, State of the Union Stays the Same

by Guest Columnist on January 29 2008, 8:49AM

Just hours after the State of the Union, our friends at the Drum Major Institute created a rapid response to the address. Click here to read DMI’s full analysis of the President’s domestic policy prescriptions – complete with statistics and…

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Miami Takes Back the Vote

by Guest Columnist on January 24 2008, 9:28AM

Joseph Phelan, Miami Workers Center, discusses their work with grassroots organizers to register voters in Black and Latino communities in Miami. Last Saturday, I hit the streets with members of Low-Income Families Fighting Together and Miami en Acción, two grassroots…

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Women of ‘The View’ Weigh In on CNN

by Jonathan Adams on January 23 2008, 2:15PM

Following the CNN story about Black women’s votes in South Carolina that outraged readers, Whoopi Goldberg and her co-hosts on “The View” took on this hot topic. Hear the women talk about race, “the elephant in the room.”…

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Race and Gender Rebuttal

by Andre Banks on January 18 2008, 2:51PM

For anyone outraged by Clinton supporter Gloria Steinem’s opinion piece in the NYTimes last week arguing that Hilary, as a woman, had a harder road to the White House than Barack, simply a Black man, really must check out the…

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New Jersey’s “Profound Regret” for Slavery Ignores Structural Racism

by Julianne Hing on January 17 2008, 1:10PM

On January 8, New Jersey’s State Assembly issued a formal apology for the state’s involvement in the slave trade and the lasting effects of slavery on New Jersey residents. The apology is, to be sure, long overdue, but the state…

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Excluded From the Polls

by Guest Columnist on January 10 2008, 11:58AM

contributed by NWFCO Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in Crawford v. Marion County Election Board — the Indiana voter ID case. According to the Brennan Center for Justice, this case “will determine which American citizens are able to…

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The Face of Torture—Who Bears it Better?

by Donna Hernandez on November 12 2007, 2:14PM

Photos courtesy of Jim Young/Reuters and Susan Walsh/AP Since September 11, 2001, we have had cases of falsely detained and questionable interrogations via the FBI, CIA, US Police Departments and US armed forces. Some would dare to say theses…

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Schwarzenegger Signs College Access Bill

by Tammy Johnson on October 16 2007, 12:01PM

Taking a cue from groups across the state working on college access issues, the Applied Research Center authored AB 428, and last Friday, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed the bill into law. Championed by State Assembly member Wilmer Amina Carter (D-…

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Karl Rove Resigns… In the Name of Racial Justice?

by Andre Banks on August 13 2007, 8:27AM

If you haven’t heard, Karl Rove, whom the NY Times had the courage to describe as President Bush’s “strategist” (rather than his “chief thug” or “head goon”) resigned today. While bounding through the InterWeb following the story this morning, I…

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15th Erase Racism Carnival! Read all about it!

by Guest Columnist on July 27 2007, 2:26PM

Welcome to the July Erase Racism Blog Carnival! Every month, a different blog gathers posts from throughout cyberspace that explore issues of racial justice. The goal is to enhance the discussion of race online and connect bloggers working hard to…

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Conservatives are Crowing

by Rinku Sen on June 29 2007, 8:39AM

Yesterday was a big day in domestic politics, one of the most dramatic in recent years. The Supreme Court ruled against school districts using race explicitly in making school assignments, and the immigration bill died in the Senate, held back…

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Take Back America? (Race) Poverty and Policy

by Andre Banks on June 19 2007, 8:03AM

Rinku Sen, the publisher of ColorLines, is on this plenary “Poverty and Politics: Katrina’s Clarion Call”. In the planning stage, this session was called “Race, Poverty and Policy” which was abandoned for the coded “Katrina”. “Progressives”, can we not even…

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Why a 5-Year Ban on Immigrant Health?

by Malena Amusa on June 18 2007, 10:33AM

Michael Moore isn’t the only one putting America’s faulty health-care/insurance system on blast this month. A report published last week shows that many, many immigrant families with green cards and who are working, are still ineligible for Medicaid. That is…

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Emmitt Till Law Moves in House

by Guest Columnist on June 15 2007, 11:16AM

by Brian Beutler for the Media Consortium In 1955, Emmitt Till, a 14-year-old black kid from Chicago, was savagely murdered by two white men who dumped his body into the Mississippi Delta. The crime was reprehensible and the suspects clearly…

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