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African American Voters

Historic Black LGBTQ Intergenerational Discussion on Selma

Irene Monroe | Posted 04.01.2015 | Gay Voices
Irene Monroe

For the first time ever, an intergenerational and interracial gathering of LGBTQ voices of color and our allies came together, creating the paradigm of how future discussions should take place.

Reflections on the 2014 Midterm Elections

Clarence B. Jones | Posted 01.07.2015 | Black Voices
Clarence B. Jones

Rather than stand and fight, the Democratic National Committee decided to run away and decouple their reelection campaign from the very visible, 24/7 presence of President Obama. This was their "playbook" for holding or increasing Democratic Party seats in the House and Senate. How did that work out?

Still I Vote -- and I Hope My Son Will Too

Monique Ruffin | Posted 01.04.2015 | Black Voices
Monique Ruffin

Voting can be a hassle with all I have to do as a single mom and co-parent. It's even more frustrating with our current gridlocked political climate. And still I vote because our ancestors laid down their lives for me to be able to walk over to my local park with no harassment or thought for my life and cast my vote.

Urgency of Now: Why We Must Vote

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 12.20.2014 | Black Voices
Rev. Al Sharpton

With continued officer-involved shootings, attempts at voter suppression, and ongoing racial and economic disparities, it is easy to push voting to the side. But it is precisely because of tragedies like the deaths of young Michael Brown in Ferguson and Eric Garner in Staten Island, and because of an unequal educational and employment system, that we need to show up at the polls.

Rand Paul Says He Can Get 30 Percent Of The Black Vote In 2016: Here's How He'll Do It

Dr. Jason Johnson | Posted 12.20.2014 | Politics
Dr. Jason Johnson

Now before the liberal left and cynical political observers fall off their chairs laughing, consider this isn't just wishful thinking from Rand Paul. If there's anybody in the 2016 Republican field with even a puncher's chance of pulling this off, it's Paul.

Want Marriage Equality? Don't Sit Out These Elections

Chris Cormier | Posted 11.02.2014 | Gay Voices
Chris Cormier

As a gay man who has spent the last decade working to advance marriage equality, I cheer "yaaaas" with each new marriage victory. And yet, I know that our momentum will quickly be stunted if we sit out the November elections.

Mitt Romney Reportedly Mixed Up Donna Brazille And Gwen Ifill

The Huffington Post | Igor Bobic | Posted 07.27.2014 | Politics

Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney apparently mixed up two prominent African-American women during the 2012 campaign, according to The...

The Blackmocrats

Hermene Hartman | Posted 08.11.2014 | Black Voices
Hermene Hartman

The Democratic Party takes the Black vote for granted and lines up with the ministers as political ambassadors, while the business of the Black community is ignored. At the same time, there is very little Black political participation with the Republicans.

Black Vote Divided In NYC Mayor's Race

AP | JONATHAN LEMIRE | Posted 11.01.2013 | Black Voices

NEW YORK — Four years after overwhelming support from black voters nearly carried Bill Thompson to an improbable upset of Mayor Michael Bloomber...

Black, Gay and Living in a 'Voting Rights? No! Gay Marriage, Yes!' World

Irene Monroe | Posted 09.14.2013 | Gay Voices
Irene Monroe

The Supreme Court's rulings force LGBTQ people of color, like me, to reside a bifurcated reality in terms of full civil rights protections.

'Freeze! Drop Your Ballot!' -- The Potential Chilling Effect of Unregulated State Laws on Voter Rights

Jasmine Rand | Posted 08.24.2013 | Black Voices
Jasmine Rand

The responsibility to ensure voter protection should not depend on attorneys willing to challenge discriminatory laws; the federal government must ensure equal justice in access to the polls.

Sweet Georgia Blue: Why Democrats Should Be Bullish on the Peach State

Zac McCrary | Posted 08.04.2013 | Politics
Zac McCrary

Population trends can change and parties can re-position themselves, but after a decade of states like Virginia, North Carolina, and Colorado becoming legitimate swing states, Georgia could certainly be the next state to move from red to purple -- and potentially blue.

Don't Celebrate Just Yet...

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 07.28.2013 | Black Voices
Rev. Al Sharpton

Some would like to believe that because we now have a black president, that we no longer have a need to push for civil rights or equality. Nothing could be further from the truth.

It's Not Just a Latino Priority: Seeing the Truth About Immigration Reform

Gerry Hudson | Posted 05.20.2013 | Black Voices
Gerry Hudson

There are about 3 million black immigrants who comprise approximately 9 percent of the nation's foreign-born population. Some of these immigrants have traveled here from poorer countries seeking opportunity; others have sought asylum.

Strong Medicine: The Continuing Struggle for the Protection of Voting Rights

Deborah N. Archer | Posted 04.28.2013 | Black Voices
Deborah N. Archer

While considerable progress has been made, the Voting Rights Act's goal of making real the promise of the Fifteenth Amendment has not been fully realized.

Immigration Reform Is a Civil Rights Issue

Gerry Hudson | Posted 03.30.2013 | Black Voices
Gerry Hudson

Immigration reform is not about race or ethnicity. It is about building national unity and economic strength, the spirit of hard work, and common-sense solutions that are equal and fair for everyone no matter where they come from.

African American Turnout Is Here to Stay

Minister Leslie Watson Malachi | Posted 01.26.2013 | Black Voices
Minister Leslie Watson Malachi

Pundits and politicians alike have tried to write off the African American vote. But every woman, man, youth and elder of my community knows, we've come too far, seen too much, stood too long, felt "sick and tired of being sick and tired" too often, fought too hard to turn back now.

Hey, Mr. Obama, Where's My Gift?

Domenick Scudera | Posted 01.16.2013 | Gay Voices
Domenick Scudera

This election was a real win-win. Obama got my vote and won the election, and I will get a gift in return! Because, really, all I care about is instant gratification and myself. And, according to Romney, there are a lot of people just like me who do not really think about others.

Jon Ward

Noted Black Republican Says GOP Should Focus On Hispanics

HuffingtonPost.com | Jon Ward | Posted 11.14.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Republican Party's nearly nonexistent relationship with black voters may improve in a decade or two, but not any time soon, said Art...

On Election Day, Republicans Suffered Consequences of Voter Suppression Strategy

Donna Brazile | Posted 01.13.2013 | Black Voices
Donna Brazile

For more than two years Republicans have campaigned and legislated against the right of certain groups of people to vote. The Republicans' strategy failed because it awakened the most powerful force in a democracy: the determination of the voters themselves.

The Elephant in the Exit Poll Results: Most White Women Supported Romney

David C. Wilson | Posted 01.08.2013 | Politics
David C. Wilson

I think Nate Silver deserves a lot of credit for being one of the few "poll readers" willing to forecast a numeric probability of Obama's win before E...

Why African Americans Have to Prove the Pollsters Wrong

Gerry Hudson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices
Gerry Hudson

Pollsters are betting that a smaller percentage of African Americans show up at the polls this Election Day than four years ago. We have to prove them wrong. The kind of nation that we will be for years to come is on the line.

To Vote or Not to Vote? Why is that Even a Question?

Claire Amber | Posted 12.02.2012 | Politics
Claire Amber

Though it may seem like ages ago, let's remember our history. Let's remember that women, African Americans and immigrants were all shut out of the voting polls, at one point in time.

'Battle for Your Ballot'

Gerard Bush | Posted 11.24.2012 | Impact
Gerard Bush

The problem is, by-and-large, Americans are just now beginning to pay attention to this election and many are left completely unaware of the duplicitous plans that are in place and have been for some time by the radical right to influence this election by any means necessary.

Conservatives Seek to Celebrate the Constitution by Undermining It

Doug Kendall | Posted 11.12.2012 | Politics
Doug Kendall

As long as conservatives believe they can win elections by changing the ground rules, the battle over voting rights will continue. And as long as conservatives are weaponizing the Constitution for political purposes, progressives must aggressively tell our own story about the Constitution.