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Michael A. Hardy | Posted 10.05.2013 | Black Voices
Michael A. Hardy

It is without question, that when we look at democratic movements around the world, the measure of real freedom is the ability to afford the citizens of any nation the full and unfettered right to vote.

Climate Change This Week: Burn, Baby, Burn, Sea Rise Lock-in, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 10.03.2013 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Climate Change Is Burning America conclude scientists and fire experts at a recent conference reports Tom Kenworthy at Climate Progress. Huge, explosi...

Finishing the Second American Revolution

Joseph B. Kadane | Posted 09.30.2013 | Politics
Joseph B. Kadane

There was a time when corporations were a creature of the state, set up and licensed to aggregate capital to achieve certain public purposes. These roles are now nearly reversed, but certain steps are needed to complete the process.

Climate Change This Week: Continuous Clean Energy, Sultry Siberia, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 09.27.2013 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Intermittency Of Renewables Is Shrinking reports Zachary Shahan at CleanTechnica. Solar thermal can be designed to be continuous, off-shore wind has l...

GOP-Backed Voter ID Bill A Go

AP | MICHAEL BIESECKER | Posted 07.26.2013 | Politics

RALEIGH, N.C. -- A Republican-backed measure that would make sweeping changes to when and how North Carolinians can vote appears headed for a court fi...

The Power of One

Susan Rhea | Posted 09.23.2013 | Politics
Susan Rhea

My audience is small, my contacts miniscule, my influence apparently negligible. If these accomplished and influential people can't change the world fast enough, why do I think I can make a difference?

Climate Change This Week: Climate Shift Looms, Brilliant Wind Turbines, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 09.21.2013 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Global Air Temperatures To Rise Faster Between Now and 2025 say scientists, reports Rob Painting at SkepticalSciencecom, as he reviews several studie...

Why Some Republicans Are Scared Of The Voting Rights Act

The Huffington Post | Posted 07.18.2013 | Politics

As Washington lawmakers chart a path forward in the wake of the Supreme Court's decision to strike down a key section of the the Voting Rights Act, gr...

Political Odd Couple Together Again On Contentious Effort

AP | LAURIE KELLMAN | Posted 09.17.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The white Wisconsin lawyer and the black preacher from Georgia strode into the Senate hearing room together and took their seats, s...

Dem Accuses Rick Scott Of Conducting 'Superficial Review'

The Huffington Post | Chris Gentilviso | Posted 07.17.2013 | Politics

In the eyes of Florida's future House Democratic leader, Gov. Rick Scott's voter fraud allegations probe is unresolved. Rep. Darryl Rouson (D-St. P...

Climate Change This Week: Frackin' Freakout, US Energy Disruption, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 09.15.2013 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Distant Quakes Can Trigger Temblors at US Fracking Sites or geothermal sites, says a new study, reports Brian Bienkowski of the Daily Climate at Clima...

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.

I'm Voting for Hillary's Hair

Sheila Moeschen | Posted 09.14.2013 | Women
Sheila Moeschen

Reminiscent of Rachel Green's 'do on Friends with its soft, fun layers and updated color, which an anonymous source close to the campaign confides is called "Iowa Straw Poll at Dawn," Hillary's hair signals a definitive shift.

Photo ID Law on Trial in Pennsylvania: What's at Stake for Our Democracy

Eunice Hyon Min Rho | Posted 09.14.2013 | Politics
Eunice Hyon Min Rho

Today the ACLU is back in court to ask that Pennsylvania's photo ID law be blocked permanently, as it is an unnecessary and unjustifiable burden on the fundamental right to vote

I Am Luscious, and Other Campaign Slogans

Jessica Levinson | Posted 09.11.2013 | Politics
Jessica Levinson

How can we get more people excited about political issues and campaigns? Many political campaigns feel like one long infomercial; politicians tell us why they are "open-hearted," "gentle," "warm," or "fantastic," just to pick a few dishes from the breakfast options.

Mississippi's Secretary of State Moves to Enforce Voter ID Law

Martha Bergmark | Posted 09.09.2013 | Politics
Martha Bergmark

With unseemly haste following the Supreme Court's recent nullification of a key provision of the Voting Rights Act, Mississippi has moved to enforce a new voter identification law that will suppress the vote of African Americans.

We the Young People of Zimbabwe

Clarah Rudo Manuhwa | Posted 09.01.2013 | Politics
Clarah Rudo Manuhwa

We the people of Zimbabwe, "United in our diversity by our common desire for freedom, justice and equality... Determined to overcome all challenges an...

Climate Change This Week: Jet Stream Extremes, Nano Solar Cells, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 09.07.2013 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

2001-2010 Hottest Decade On Record, With 'Unprecedented High-Impact Climate Extremes' says the World Meteorological Organization, report Ryan Koronows...

Bigotry Didn't Die with DOMA, Neither Should Radical Queer Politics

Lynne Huffer | Posted 09.05.2013 | Gay Voices
Lynne Huffer

The gutting of the Voting Rights Act is a major setback in the struggle for racial justice. This doesn't mean we can't celebrate the death of DOMA and Prop 8, two hateful pieces of legislation. But we can't let our rainbow flags blind us to what's happening behind the scenes.

The Struggle Continues for Civil Rights

Rep. Charles Rangel | Posted 09.01.2013 | Politics
Rep. Charles Rangel

Make no mistake: voting rights in this country are still under assault. In the 1960s, voter suppression was carried out with attack dogs, water hoses, and physical beatings Today, those who seek to disenfranchise minorities use more discreet tactics.

Law Doesn't Make It Right: Suppressing Voters Suppresses Democracy

Nina Flores | Posted 09.01.2013 | Politics
Nina Flores

Discriminatory practices are increasingly institutionalized. Allowing voter suppression tactics to occur unchecked not only disenfranchises voters, but solidifies the power of dominant groups to control decision-making at local, state, and national levels.

Climate Change This Week: Vote Says O, Climate Cooks Cattle, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 08.31.2013 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

*** Full Disclosure: NOBODY pays me anything to write this column - I'm a masochist! *** Acid Oceans Threaten Billion $ Oyster Biz reports Tim Radfo...

It's Time for the Freedom to Vote

Rashad Robinson | Posted 08.31.2013 | Impact
Rashad Robinson

Last week, the United States Supreme Court attacked a signature achievement of the Civil Rights Movement. The decision in Shelby v. Holder, to strike ...

Voting Rights Act Still Critical in 2013: Why Congress Must Restore It

Ian Vandewalker | Posted 08.28.2013 | Politics
Ian Vandewalker

Painful as it may be to admit, minorities still need the federal government's assistance in securing the most elemental right in a democracy: the right to vote.

Who's Killing the Voting Rights Act, Congress or the Supreme Court?

Jessica Levinson | Posted 08.27.2013 | Politics
Jessica Levinson

Section 5 is not actually dead, since the court did not declare it unconstitutional. But it is unquestionably deeply wounded and its enforcement is essentially eliminated for now.