On Election Day, Tuesday, November 4, millions of voters will head to the polls to stand up for what matters most in our communities and our lives. These elections are about our jobs, our health, our communities, our security and our future. Are you ready?
For all the manufactured "Republican versus Democrat" drama that dominates today's cable news and political rhetoric, the most striking feature of our present-day democracy is not partisan divide -- it's a corrupt system that protects incumbents from the consequences that real democracy brings.
American workers are facing significant challenges. Whether it's low pay, a system that favors corporations over citizens, a gender wage gap, the effects of unfair trade or a voting system that hampers the most disadvantaged among us, these problems are real. But will those affected the most bother to do something about it?
While the pundits and pollsters are predicting a Republican takeover of the Senate, it would be wise to take their prognostications with a grain of salt and not let them become a self-fulfilling prophesy. After all, even those so-called "experts" are not infallible.
Maybe democracy is still a viable concept. I harbor a vestige of hope that it is. But democracy's most cherished act has got to be something more profound than pulling a lever or making an X in a box.
We must be civically engaged. Engagement inspires movement - a movement that matters. Since 1916, the Chicago Urban League has engaged with people to help them find jobs, start businesses and buy homes.
Truth is, if 100 percent of 18-24 year olds decided to vote in the next election, they would landslide whatever candidates they backed and transform the country to their liking. And here is one big reason why they should: Citizens United.
Today, tomorrow, and in all my days before I die, I will be the president of my life despite who I vote to be the president of the United States. I take ownership of my failures and my successes, and I think the country would be significantly changed if we all did across all parties.
My name is Tony. I'm a citizen. And I've lied about voting. I'm not proud of it. But I'm also ready to do something about it. So, this time around, I voted early. And, just like former hackers who go on to help catch other hackers, I'm going to give you 10 ways to bust someone who is lying about voting.
Recent studies of the non-voting population suggests that wide gaps have opened up between voters and non-voters.
It's unbelievable and frankly outrageous that in the last four years, close to half the states in this country have passed laws to make it harder for people to vote. But it's true.
Amanda is a true representative of "Us." Against staggering odds, through education and grit, Amanda worked her way into the middle class.
Speaking just like an American Republican, the Communist Chinese-appointed leader of Hong Kong, Leung Chun-ying, said last week that if the state granted democratic rights to its poor and working class, they could dominate elections and choose leaders who would meet their needs.
The Voting Rights Act was passed in 1965 and reauthorized multiple times, most recently in 2004 without a single Senator voicing opposition. Then two events occurred that shook the nation from its forward trajectory.
Dear White People is sure to become both a cult hit and a staple on college campuses across the country, and I'm glad for it since the movie ultimately ends with more questions than answers. And with an issue as multi-faceted as racism, that is as it should be.
With the mid-term elections looming so closely, much ado is being made about Hispanic voters staying home. Latino voters -- who primarily vote during presidential elections anyway -- are just not that enthused.