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The Voice of a Misunderstood Black Millennial Voter

Lindsay Hoffman | Posted 10.18.2015 | College
Lindsay Hoffman

As African-Americans and citizens of a country that values political participation, this country is always asking for political engagement from blacks but if it's not in the manner deemed appropriate, we are asked to sit down and be silent.

White America, It's Time to Be Uncomfortable and OK With It

Keith Rushing | Posted 07.31.2015 | Black Voices
Keith Rushing

To white Americans who are uncomfortable, I say: welcome to our world. You may be uncomfortable for a while until we make America a truly fair and racially just society.

Progressive Group Incorporates #BlackLivesMatter Into Endorsement Process

The Huffington Post | Dayana Morales Gomez | Posted 07.27.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Democracy for America, an organization that helps elect progressive politicians, will now require candidates to state their positions o...

Sanders, Clinton and the Democratic Party Should Thank #BlackLivesMatter

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 07.27.2015 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

Rather than simply asking for black votes in October 2016 after having taken them for granted up to that point, Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders will possess the credibility that comes with having earned those votes. At that point -- if not a lot earlier -- the Democratic Party and its nominee will need to thank #BlackLivesMatter.

Dear Sen. Sanders: It's Time To Address Racial Justice

Jordan Weiers | Posted 07.27.2015 | College
Jordan Weiers

Sen. Sanders, there is one issue that you must progress greatly on if you wish to become the president that America needs in 2016. That issue is racial justice. Saying that racism exists in your next speech or adding #blacklivesmatter to the end of your next tweet is not enough.

Friday Talking Points -- Following the Trump Whirlwind

Chris Weigant | Posted 07.24.2015 | Entertainment
Chris Weigant

Two weeks ago, we kind of went out on a limb (the polling evidence was not all that clear when we wrote it) and subtitled our previous column: "Donald Trump, Frontrunner." Since that time, such a statement has gone from being a wild prediction to becoming an equally-wild reality.

A Failure to Listen

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Brynn Tannehill

This past week I was at the Netroots Nation 2015 conference. In the past, this has been one of my favorite progressive events, full of both energy and positivity. This year the theme was intersectionality within the LGBT movement. I am forced to report that we are failing at it. Horribly.

Your Silence Will Not Protect You

Jennifer Farmer | Posted 07.23.2015 | Black Voices
Jennifer Farmer

Audre Lorde's speech "Lesbian and Literature Panel" highlighted something I'd been considering for some time; the need to continually break my silence and give voice to the issues I am most passionate about: racial injustice and the marginalization of people of color.

Feeling the Bern

Chris Weigant | Posted 07.23.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Bernie Sanders, to put this another way, doesn't need a focus group or a poll to tell him what he ought to stand for. He already knows what he stands for, and he'll freely tell you exactly what that is.

Remembering Andre Gray

Sue Kerr | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Sue Kerr

When I read the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter, I do think of Mike Brown, Eric Garner and Tamir Rice. I also think of Penny Proud, London Chanel and Candra Keels. But I also think of Andre and the two other young queer people of color who been murdered in Pittsburgh in the past two years.

Where Was Hillary?

Chris Weigant | Posted 07.20.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

For the Netroots Nation convention, the most notable thing was that two Democratic candidates for president showed up, and three did not. Bernie Sanders and Martin O'Malley were both on hand to court Lefties, but I had to wonder where Hillary Clinton was.

#BlackLivesMatter Protesters Discuss Netroots Nation Takeover On HuffPost Live

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 07.20.2015 | Black Voices

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Here's How Hillary Clinton Says She Would Have Answered The 'Black Lives Matter' Protesters

The Huffington Post | Amanda Terkel | Posted 07.21.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Hillary Clinton attempted on Monday to distinguish her views on racial inequality from those of her Democratic presidential rivals, who...

Elizabeth Warren Fires Warning Shot Over Clinton's Bow

Liam Miller | Posted 07.20.2015 | Politics
Liam Miller

Clinton didn't show at this year's Netroots. Frankly, her campaign might not have survived the spectacle of her inevitable lukewarm reception. But her decision not to attend speaks volumes about what she knows about how progressives feel about her. She knows, and she is running scared.

Martin O'Malley And Bernie Sanders Interrupted By Activists At Progressive Conference

The Huffington Post | Sam Levine | Posted 07.20.2015 | Politics

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Elizabeth Warren's Message At Netroots Nation

The Huffington Post | Amber Ferguson | Posted 07.17.2015 | Politics

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) spoke at the annual Netroots Nation gathering at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Arizona, on Friday. D...

The Obama Effect: When the President Backs D.C. Statehood, Congress Does, Too

Joan Shipps | Posted 06.21.2015 | DC
Joan Shipps

I believe that one of the most effective actions Obama could take in advancing D.C. voting rights would be to publicly reiterate his support for D.C. statehood, this time while the 114th Congress is in session.

Will Hillary Show up to Netroots Nation?

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.13.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

And so it begins. Hillary Clinton is now officially in the race for the White House. Her announcement, like pretty much everything else about her upcoming campaign, will be microscopically analyzed within an inch of its life.

Watch: Elizabeth Warren On Fighting Back Against Wall Street Giants

Bill Moyers | Posted 11.08.2014 | Politics
Bill Moyers

An expert on how Wall Street and the banking industry are destroying the middle class, Senator Warren has put that knowledge to powerful use on Capitol Hill, rapidly becoming the most authoritative and articulate voice of the Democratic Party's progressive wing. Many are urging her to run for president.

Zach Carter

How Chuck Schumer Accidentally Built The Wall Street Reform Caucus | Zach Carter | Posted 08.04.2014 | Politics

DETROIT AND WASHINGTON -- They call him "Wall Street Chuck" on Capitol Hill. He has raised at least $70 million from the financial sector for the Demo...

Detroit, Year Zero

Matthew Ebert | Posted 09.29.2014 | Detroit
Matthew Ebert

Forget every negative thing you've seen or heard about Detroit, because Detroit is on fire. Detroit is not the worst city in America, it happens to be the best.

There's a New World Superpower -- And 4 Other Things I Learned at Netroots Nation

Ruairí McKiernan | Posted 09.25.2014 | Politics
Ruairí McKiernan

I had barely touched down in California when it was time to take off again. This time, to Detroit, to attend Netroots Nation, billed as the United States' biggest annual gathering of progressive activists, organizers and online social justice innovators.

Is What I Saw in Detroit America's Future?

Scott Paul | Posted 09.24.2014 | Business
Scott Paul

In Detroit, it's come down to matters of basic survival: keeping the water turned on, providing basic public services, determining which blocks to raze and which to save. These are decisions no one should have to make.

Dear Progressives, We're Not Doing It Right

Jamie McGonnigal | Posted 09.23.2014 | Politics
Jamie McGonnigal

When a science fiction convention is more affirming, less body-shaming, more welcoming and less sneering than a conference with 3,000 plus "progressives," we're doing something wrong. I loved Netroots Nation in Detroit this year, but we need to do better as a community.

An Interview With Shenna Bellows

Colleen Crinion | Posted 09.22.2014 | Politics
Colleen Crinion

At the Netroots Nation conference this past weekend, I had the opportunity to sit down with Maine senate candidate Shenna Bellows. We didn't have a lot of time to chat, but I definitely had enough time to find out that she has a great and diverse background, and is an incredibly thoughtful person