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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.

Major Voting Rights Organization: 'We Will Fight' VRA Ruling

HuffPost Live | Posted 06.27.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

HuffPost Live's Ahmed Shihab-Eldin joins Rock The Vote president Heather Smith live from Apsen to talk about the Supreme Court decision on the Voting ...

Climate Change This Week: Fires, Up Front & Personal, the New Atlantis, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 08.24.2013 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Record-Breaking Heat Wave In Alaska follows record-breaking cold spring in some parts there, reports Andrew Freedman at Climate Central, and increases...

Passionate Minority Dominates the Passive Majority

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 08.16.2013 | Politics
Howard Steven Friedman

While the tale of the tape suggests that, in a democratic battle, the majority opinion will dominate against a passionate minority, the reality is far different.

Climate Change This Week: Arctic Carbon Bomb, California Cleaning, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 08.14.2013 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

NASA: The Arctic Methane Bomb Fuse Is Burning, reports Alan Buis at NASA (Natl Atmospheric & Space Admin). Field data show permafrost, vast frozen pol...

100 Years Later, Legacy Endures for Suffragists

David Orr | Posted 08.11.2013 | Chicago
David Orr

We all owe a huge debt of gratitude to the legions of women who led the fight, many of whom were considered extreme radicals at the time. Most suffragists first fought on behalf of other causes.

Nancy Pelosi Slams Female Democrats in Leaked Email

Reductress | Posted 08.10.2013 | Comedy

I would rather have 40 girls who are moderates, talk to donors, and can wear the right fucking pantsuit for a fucking election season.

Climate Change This Week: Mothers Out Front, Baby Birds Imperiled, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 08.10.2013 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Global Price of Climate Change Going Up was the message delivered to an international global disaster conference recently, reports Paul Cox at Aljazee...

Justice Anthony Kennedy and Shelby County

J. Gerald Hebert | Posted 08.04.2013 | Politics
J. Gerald Hebert

Justice Kennedy has the opportunity to lead the Court and to show he is attuned to the social issues in our country and the deep division on the Court when it comes to issues of race. Will he seize the moment?

Sweet Georgia Blue: Why Democrats Should Be Bullish on the Peach State

Zac McCrary | Posted 08.04.2013 | Politics
Zac McCrary

Population trends can change and parties can re-position themselves, but after a decade of states like Virginia, North Carolina, and Colorado becoming legitimate swing states, Georgia could certainly be the next state to move from red to purple -- and potentially blue.

Climate Change This Week: Partisans Agree, Minnesota Mandates Solar, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 08.03.2013 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Most GOPs and Dems Agree: Push Clean Energy And Tax Carbon says a new poll, reports Ryan Koronowski at Climate Progress. From 60 to 66 percent of GOPs...

Communities of Color Make History in 2012

James Mejia | Posted 07.30.2013 | Politics
James Mejia

As remarkable as this historic achievement is in its own right, the increases in African American voting is the tip of the iceberg with regard to demographic shifts that will forever change the face of U.S. politics.

Sacred Rites of Spring: Voting

Louis A. Ruprecht, Jr. | Posted 07.29.2013 | World
Louis A. Ruprecht, Jr.

All I see is my screen go blank, after which I deposit my card with some church volunteers who place it on an open stack and hand me an "I Voted" sticker. Did I really?, I now wonder.

Courage: Getting on the Plane is Easy; It's the Before and After

Marie Woolf | Posted 07.28.2013 | Politics
Marie Woolf

An Air Force veteran could only say to me today, finding it almost impossible: "You'd better be sure who you're voting for." His eyes were filled with tears.

Climate Change This Week: Tornado Tutorial, Chinese Carbon Caps, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 07.26.2013 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Water Shortages Drying Up Economic Growth in China, reports Leslie Hook at the Financial Times. Both growing urbanization and climate change are worse...

Ryan J. Reilly

New Group Tries To Make It Easier To Vote | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 05.21.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Presidential Commission on Election Administration, which President Barack Obama first announced earlier this year during his State ...

Moms For Eric Garcetti

Monique Ruffin | Posted 07.21.2013 | Los Angeles
Monique Ruffin

It's time for Angelenos to go to the polls and cast their votes for a new mayor. But recent surveys are showing that going to the polls is what many of us aren't planning to do.