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Asian Americans and the Civil Rights Act of 1964: Mapping Out the Next 50 Years

Mee Moua | Posted 09.17.2014 | Politics
Mee Moua

As we observe the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, we will hear a common refrain: We still have a long way to go toward realizing Dr. King's Dream.

Congress Must Act to Bolster Voting Rights Act

Rep. Hank Johnson | Posted 09.01.2014 | Black Voices
Rep. Hank Johnson

Voter disenfranchisement does not only occur in states with a history of discrimination. The 2012 elections saw the attempt to disenfranchise voters taken to a whole new level -- with voter ID laws, cutting off early voting in certain areas, end to same-day registration and measures making it harder to register large groups of voters.

Don't Call Me An 'Ex-Felon'

HuffPost Live | Chris Branch | Posted 06.30.2014 | Black Voices

Daryl Atkinson spent a little more than three years in jail, and in his ample time as a free man he has earned both a bachelor's degree and a law degr...

Climate Change This Week: Packing Record Heat, Fracking Leaks and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 08.28.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded.

America: How We Look Now

Jessie Tromberg | Posted 08.27.2014 | Fifty
Jessie Tromberg

The Fourth of July, the day we celebrate American independence, always makes me remember the old Saturday Evening Post magazine with its cover paintings of idyllic American life. Last month -- on June 3, to be precise -- I believe I actually lived one of those covers.

How Do You Register to Vote If You're Homeless?

Amy L. Freeman | Posted 08.26.2014 | Impact
Amy L. Freeman

A lack of address is not particularly problematic. Colorado, for instance, considers any place to which you "regularly return" and have "the intent to remain" an adequate address for voter registration.

NAACP Wants Thad Cochran To 'Show Some Reciprocity'

The Huffington Post | Sam Levine | Posted 06.26.2014 | Politics

Black voters played a huge role in helping Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) fend off tea party challenger Chris McDaniel in a runoff election Tuesday, and ...

We Still Need the Voting Rights Act

Hector E. Sanchez | Posted 08.25.2014 | Latino Voices
Hector E. Sanchez

Anniversaries are normally a cause for celebration. But there is no joy in Latino communities across the country over this week's one-year anniversary of the Supreme Court Case case known as Shelby County, Alabama v. Holder.

Congress, It's Time to End Voting Discrimination

Carmen Berkley | Posted 08.25.2014 | Politics
Carmen Berkley

One year ago, a majority of Supreme Court justices weakened the federal government's ability to prevent voter discrimination. In a sweeping decision, they decimated the Voting Rights Act.

The Most Conservative Principle in American Politics

Deborah J. Vagins | Posted 08.25.2014 | Politics
Deborah J. Vagins

Republican presidents signed the last three extensions of the VRA, ensuring continuous protection for all Americans. It is that history of support for the Voting Rights Act that makes it so particularly discouraging that the new bipartisan legislation to modernize the act.

Cleaning Up the Supreme Court's Democracy Mess

Michael Keegan | Posted 08.25.2014 | Politics
Michael Keegan

The Supreme Court has made some very bad calls when it comes to protecting the rights of all Americans to participate meaningfully in our political system. But Justice Ginsburg is right: These wrong-headed decisions shouldn't have staying power. And if the American people have anything to do with it, they won't.

Shelby County One Year Later: Good for Voting Rights?

Franita Tolson | Posted 08.24.2014 | Politics
Franita Tolson

Hopefully, favorable progress will continue, and on subsequent anniversaries, voting rights advocates will be able to look back on Shelby County as an example of losing the battle, but winning the war.

Climate Change This Week: the US Green Job Plan, India Boils, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 08.20.2014 | 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.

We Can Make the Future Come Faster in the South

Ben Jealous | Posted 08.19.2014 | Black Voices
Ben Jealous

Doing the work to register voters in the South will take our collective time, treasure and dedication. But it is crucial, and it can make the future come faster than many people think.

Senate Kingpins to Vote on Climate Changing Pipeline: Tell Them No -- Now!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 08.18.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

What Earth-changing events are happening this week? The US Senate Committee is going to vote on the climate changing Keystone XL pipeline, and NASA j...

Flexing Our Political and Financial Muscle

Cristóbal Joshua Alex | Posted 08.16.2014 | Latino Voices
Cristóbal Joshua Alex

The 2012 presidential election marked a milestone for Latino political participation. Latinos turned out in record numbers and flexed their financial muscle. Through the Futuro Fund, Latino donors became deeply engaged in a presidential election for the first time.

Responsible Freedom

William E. White | Posted 08.17.2014 | Politics
William E. White

If there is anything we can learn from our revolutionary generation in these weeks leading up to the Fourth of July, it could be--it should be--to focus less on our personal freedom "wants" and invest more time in civic responsibility.

Climate Change This Week: Really Hot Summers, New Global Warming Gases and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 08.15.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded.

Turnout, Turnaround?

Edward Flattau | Posted 08.11.2014 | Politics
Edward Flattau

It would behoove those in the lower income brackets to beef up their participation at the ballot box this November and make their presence felt in a big way. No one in the nation is more vulnerable to toxic pollution than they are, and depending on whom is elected to Congress, their exposure could be compromised even more than it already is.

Why Philly Must Persist in Protesting

Christopher Norris | Posted 08.11.2014 | Education
Christopher Norris

There's a lot at stake when it comes to fairly funding public education, but it seems only the teachers, students and parents are sacrificing -- I've never heard of a stadium being closed because the team didn't make the points or a politician's salary being drastically cut to make ends meet.

Climate Change This Week: Obama's Opus, Alarming Antarctic History, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 08.06.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, June 5 2014 How unusual...

Information Overload

William E. White | Posted 08.05.2014 | Education
William E. White

We can educate our children by rote, but we will surely lose the future unless we embrace our enlightenment heritage of reason, logic, and innovation.

California Primary Was a Striking Display of Voter Apathy

Jessica Levinson | Posted 08.04.2014 | Los Angeles
Jessica Levinson

There are about 17.7 million registered voters in California and just over 3.2 million cast a ballot in the June 3 elections. Over 38 million people live in the state, so each person who voted essentially weighed in on behalf of almost 12 others.

Ballot Confusion in Long Beach Could Affect Mayor's Race

Charles Karel Bouley | Posted 06.03.2014 | Los Angeles
Charles Karel Bouley

The last thing any race needs is major confusion amongst the voters and poll workers about a second ballot.

The "Other" Hemp

Erin Schrode | Posted 08.03.2014 | Green
Erin Schrode

"Weed." "Pot." "Marijuana." The answers began pouring out. College kids are familiar with the five-leaf hemp plant, but only as a drug. The "other" he...