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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.

Ferguson: A Call to Action

Nina Turner | Posted 10.27.2014 | Politics
Nina Turner

A generation from now, I hope that my son does not have to give the same advice to his children as his father and I gave him. The summer of 2014 will be known for something beyond the anniversaries of the civil rights achievements that have led to so much progress in our nation.

The Technology of Democracy

Christopher M. Kelly | Posted 10.25.2014 | Technology
Christopher M. Kelly

The question is how can we improve this technology to bring our polling places and voting experience into the 21st century? And how do we pay for this technology?

Climate Change This Week: China Out Competes US on Solar, Droughts and Chills, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 10.22.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

How unusual has the weather been? No one event is "caused" by climate change, but global warming, which is predicted to increase unusual, extreme weather, is having a daily effect on weather, worldwide.

To Pay or Not to Pay, That Is the Polling Question

Annie Pettit | Posted 10.21.2014 | Politics
Annie Pettit

The work that political pollsters do for free could be considered a benefit to society. People need to know how their political candidates are ranked by the public so that they can make better voting decisions and bring better-suited people to political power.

Vote Now! Win Cash Prizes!

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 10.20.2014 | Politics
Hoyt Hilsman

It seems somehow un-American to offer citizens the possibility of cash prizes in return for voting. And some observers have argued that uninformed voters will cast their ballots simply for the chance to win some money. My response is "So what?"

The Disease Of American Democracy

Robert Reich | Posted 10.19.2014 | Politics
Robert Reich

No wonder Americans feel powerless. No surprise we're sick of politics, and many of us aren't even voting. But if we give up on politics, we're done for. Powerlessness is a self-fulfilling prophesy.

Climate Change This Week: Stormy Constipation, Solar Utility Comeback, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 10.16.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. How unusual has the weather been? No one event is "caused" by climate change, but global warming, which is predicted to increase unusual, extreme weather, is having a daily effect on weather, worldwide.

10 Irreparable Democrat and Republican Flaws - An Opening for a New Party?

Jerry Ashton | Posted 10.10.2014 | New York
Jerry Ashton

Is the veneer cracking? Is the ground shifting? Are the two major parties unwittingly collaborating in bringing forth a third party? Are they slitt...

Climate Change This Week: Mega Methane, Tidal Power, and More

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 10.10.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, Jan 16 2014 How unusua...

Improving Voting Access for New Yorkers With Disabilities

Letitia James | Posted 10.05.2014 | New York
Letitia James

With more than 900,000 people in New York City living and working with disabilities, it is important that they are able to exercise their voting rights without impediments.

Climate Change This Week: The Jet Stream Run Amok, Cheap Wind and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 10.02.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

How unusual has the weather been? No one event is "caused" by climate change, but global warming, which is predicted to increase unusual, extreme weather, is having a daily effect on weather, worldwide.

Why We Must Revitalize the Voting Rights Act Upon Its 49th Anniversary

Elisabeth MacNamara | Posted 10.01.2014 | Politics
Elisabeth MacNamara

A cornerstone of the civil rights movement, the Voting Rights Act ensures that every American citizen, regardless of race or language, has equal access to the vote. That is until last June, when the U.S. Supreme Court gutted a key part of the act, leading to a full-frontal attack on the voting rights of all Americans.

Congress Through the Looking Glass of Science

Dr. Sten Odenwald | Posted 10.01.2014 | Politics
Dr. Sten Odenwald

In "The Stupid Party? Which One?" I looked into the worrisome issue of the Republican Party being hijacked by anti-science Luddites. But what about the House of Representatives? So I spent a day putting together a spreadsheet on the 435 members of the House in the 113th Congress, their backgrounds, and how they have voted on a few important (to me!) science bills.

Ryan J. Reilly

Obama Administration Joins Suits Against GOP-Backed Voting Restrictions In Wisconsin, Ohio

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 07.31.2014 | Politics

The Obama administration on Wednesday sought to join two ongoing lawsuits against voting laws in Wisconsin and Ohio. In the filings, the Justice Depar...

The 2014 Midterms Just Might Be More Important Than the 2016 Presidential Election

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 09.27.2014 | Politics
Rev. Al Sharpton

The historic participation of blacks and other minorities helped elect the first black president of the United States. But while we greatly exercised our right to vote in 2008, many failed to do the same two years later during the 2010 midterms. What we got were a slew of politicians who are more concerned with their own self-aggrandizement than with serving people.

Gays, Politics and the 2014 Midterms

J Nelson Aviance | Posted 09.26.2014 | Gay Voices
J Nelson Aviance

If you want your voice to matter and your vote to count, get off your couch, leave your parents basement and find the office of your local political party.

Climate Change This Week: US Flunks Efficiency, Green Bonds Grow, And More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 09.27.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

How unusual has the weather been? No one event is "caused" by climate change, but global warming, which is predicted to increase unusual, extreme weather, is having a daily effect on weather, worldwide.

Do Jurors Become Better Citizens?

Andrew Guthrie Ferguson | Posted 09.24.2014 | Impact
Andrew Guthrie Ferguson

What if jury service made you a better citizen? New social science research on juries and democratic engagement makes exactly that argument. Like an immunity boost for our civic constitution, jury service appears to ward off civic apathy.