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Leading Change or Waiting For It?

Laphonza Butler | Posted 11.23.2014 | Politics
Laphonza Butler

It's time to stop the spin and make one thing perfectly clear: Pundits and politicos make speeches. Working people make change. The power of our vote will be felt at the polls in November.

George Takei Is Straight... Up Asking You To Do This One Thing

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 09.23.2014 | Politics

You probably know that actor George Takei is gay. But now he's straight... up asking you to register to vote. "I'm especially concerned about the f...

Here Are All the Ways You Can Celebrate National Voter Registration Day!

Elisabeth MacNamara | Posted 11.23.2014 | Politics
Elisabeth MacNamara

We come from all walks of life, and we vote for lots of different reasons. But today, all Americans deserve the chance to stand up for what matters most to them. And the best way to do that is to register and vote.

Vote or... Just Vote

Christina Gagnier | Posted 11.22.2014 | Politics
Christina Gagnier

Does the form seem long? It is really not that bad. Trouble getting to the polls? You can elect absentee.

Why Vote?

NCLR Action Fund | Posted 11.22.2014 | Latino Voices
NCLR Action Fund

Congress may be as unproductive as ever, but the health and prosperity of our communities isn't determined solely by Washington. It doesn't matter what state you are in -- every eligible and registered Latino voter must turn out this time and every time in order for the community to be respected and represented.

I Have Four Numbers I Think About Every Day

Page Gardner | Posted 11.22.2014 | Politics
Page Gardner

Tomorrow is National Voter Registration Day, and a great opportunity to remind eligible Americans to register to vote and participate in our democracy.

Climate Change This Week: Energy Efficiency Saves Trillions, US Birds at Risk, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 11.20.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Looking above at recent temperature anomalies, much of the U.S. is experiencing well above normal warmer temperatures; the eastern Pacific warm spot continues to prevent much rain from reaching California, sending it into further drought.

When Will We Learn?

NCLR Action Fund | Posted 11.19.2014 | Latino Voices
NCLR Action Fund

Since the 2010 elections, much has been said about the growing importance of the Latino vote, an inexorably rising segment of the American electorate. The Latino electorate is growing in mostly blue states and President Obama captured greater than 70 percent of the Latino vote in 2012.

What Voting Day Is Like for the Scottish Referendum

Helen I. Hwang | Posted 11.18.2014 | Politics
Helen I. Hwang

One simple question deserves one simple answer. Should Scotland be an independent country? With a miniature sharpened pencil -- the kind you're given at a miniature golf course -- I could put a big "X" to indicate "Yes" or "No."

Samantha Lachman

Montana Bill Would Hurt Young Voters, Progressives Charge

HuffingtonPost.com | Samantha Lachman | Posted 09.18.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A ballot referendum in Montana seeking to eliminate Election Day registration would unfairly disenfranchise young voters, according to T...

Save Our Juries, Save Our Constitution

Andrew Guthrie Ferguson | Posted 11.17.2014 | Politics
Andrew Guthrie Ferguson

When jurors receive that summons in the mail, they believe the court commanded them to attend, not the Constitution. Such a reality inverts role that juries were expected to play. Citizens have lost the sense that jury duty is constitution duty, and that "we the people" are responsible for our government.

Let's Help Give Every Citizen the Chance to Vote

Keith Mestrich | Posted 11.16.2014 | Politics
Keith Mestrich

Low voter participation opens the door for elected officials to feel less accountable to the public and, often, more beholden to the special interests that support them. Whether you are on the left or the right, you have to agree that that's bad for everybody.

Hope, Voting and Creating the World You Want to Live In

Paul Loeb | Posted 11.16.2014 | Politics
Paul Loeb

We live in a contradictory world. Dispiriting events coincide with progress for human dignity. Bombs fall on children. The gay rights movement makes unimaginable gains. But when change occurs, it's because people find ways to act even in demoralizing times or when all the doors seem closed, and open up new possibilities by doing so.

Climate Change This Week: Solar Jobs Rise, So Does Global Heat, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 11.13.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Looking above at recent temperature anomalies, the jet stream has once again wobbled down into the US, bringing unusually cool but refreshing weather to much of the US as California and Alaska bake.

The Duh Moment: Switch to Clean Energy ASAP

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 11.11.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

What's the rush on renewable clean energy? It's connect-the-dots time! Here's my graphic line of connecting dots: 1. Almost all scienti...

Cosmopolitan Is Researching Political Candidates So You Don't Have To

Erin Spencer | Posted 11.09.2014 | Women
Erin Spencer

Something very exciting is happening at the number one women's glossy. For the first time Cosmopolitan is endorsing political candidates. Basically, the editors now have your back on what colors are in this fall and what names you should be checking in the voting booths next month.

Inequality for All: The Republican Goal

Gerry Myers | Posted 11.09.2014 | Politics
Gerry Myers

By continuing to cater to the rich who don't want to impose reasonable regulations on Wall Street, Republicans continue to propel the injustices of the past. The corruption and the fraud that made the rich richer and collapsed our economy continues to be unrestrained.

Climate Change This Week: CA Solar Dream, Power Plants Punch, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 11.08.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, Sep 8, 2014 How unusua...

From Emmett Till to Michael Brown, a Story as Old as America Itself

Judith Browne Dianis | Posted 11.05.2014 | Politics
Judith Browne Dianis

It's all too familiar, from the blaming of the victim to the community outcry, and is yet another example of how this nation has long devalued the lives of its black citizens. Instead of trust and healing, the streets of Ferguson were full of tear gas and militarized police.

Preserve Our Democracy: Protect Voters' Rights

Keith Mestrich | Posted 11.04.2014 | Politics
Keith Mestrich

Though slow and unsteady, the gradual expansion of voting rights in the United States has been one of our country's most significant achievements. But now, groups of politicians and their supporters, seeking to steer outcomes of elections in their favor, are working to restrict access to voting.

Miles of Aisles of Dissent: There's an App for That!

Lester & Charlie | Posted 11.04.2014 | Comedy
Lester & Charlie

Technology that promised to connect us has instead isolated us, driving us from diversity to safe, homogenized forums and Facebook fan pages.

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.

Black LGBT Activist Arrested For Distributing Voting Rights Information

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 09.02.2014 | Politics

Police in Charlotte, North Carolina, arrested a black LGBT activist and former state Senate candidate Monday, saying that he violated a city ordinance...

Climate Change This Week: Rising Health Risks and Heat, Rising Renewables, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 10.30.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Looking above at recent temperature anomalies, much of the US is cooler than normal, but the eastern Pacific warm spot continues to prevent much rain from reaching California, which is hotter than normal.

Will Insult and Inaction on Immigration Cost Republicans the Senate?

NCLR Action Fund | Posted 10.29.2014 | Latino Voices
NCLR Action Fund

It's a toss-up which party will control the Senate, but Latino voters will be a factor. And even if Republicans do manage to win the Senate, insult and inaction on immigration will likely hurt their chances to win the presidency in 2016.