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Stacey Abrams giving the keynote speech at the Georgia State Democratic Convention in Atlanta, last August.

Stacey Abrams and the Black Women Reshaping the Left

By Editors' Choice

She and political strategists like Jessica Byrd and Kayla Reed are designing a new theory of the Democratic coalition. By Brittney Cooper, The New York Times — For too long, the Democratic Party has been comfortable with black women only running conventions or registering voters — doing background work. The party expects black women to be its backbone, as when 98 percent of black female voters in Alabama cast their ballots for…

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The Declaration for American Democracy, a coalition of 100+ national groups committed to fundemental reforms in the U.S. political system, will officially launch its campaign the day after this year's upcoming midterm elections.

‘Our Democracy Is Sick’: Progressive Groups Join Forces to Ensure Voting Rights and End Corporate Sabotage of Common Good

By Commentaries/Opinions

“Today our system is in crisis,” warns the new Declaration for American Democracy. “Together we must build a democracy where everyone participates, every vote is counted, voting rights are fully enforced, and everyone’s voice is heard.” By Jessica Corbett, Common Dreams — Increasingly alarmed by powerful corporate and wealthy interests that have pushed the U.S. political system toward “impending constitutional catastrophe,” nearly 100 national organizations on Tuesday announced that they are coming…

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Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum talks with a supporter after speaking to voters and public school teachers at a rally in Miami Gardens, Florida.

‘It’s a moment of history for us’: will black voters shape Florida’s future?

By Commentaries/Opinions

The prospect of electing the state’s first black governor is expected to boost African American voter turnout. By Richard Luscombe, The Guardian — It has been nearly two years since Florida’s black voters mostly stayed home on election day and, in the eyes of some, gave Donald Trump a free pass to win the state and the White House. To Quiana Malone, it was a mistake that cannot be allowed to happen…

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Civil rights organizations have sued Georgia’s Republican secretary of state for failing to register 53,000 new voters, most of them black. Reuters/Christopher Aluka Berry

Georgia election fight shows that black voter suppression, a southern tradition, still flourishes

By Editors' Choice

Georgia’s refusal to process 53,000 voter registrations, mostly filed by African-Americans, is the latest in a long history of black voter suppression in the South, from poll taxes to literacy tests. By Frederick Knight, The Conversation — Georgia’s Republican Secretary of State Brian Kemp has been sued for suppressing minority votes after an Associated Press investigation revealed a month before November’s midterm election that his office has not approved 53,000 voter registrations – most…

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The Unfulfilled Power of the Black Vote

By Vantage Point Articles

Vantage Point Vignettes, Comments and Commentary by Dr. Ron Daniels — For decades I have been hammering home the point that in a low voter participation environment, the group that effectively educates, mobilizes and organizes its voters to turn-out on election day will wield power disproportionate to its numbers in the overall electorate. Put another way, a relatively small group that registers and turns out a high percentage of its…

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The Democrat Stacey Abrams is vying to be the first African American woman governor in U.S. history.

The Democratic Party Apologizes to Black Voters

By News & Current Affairs

The DNC’s bid to energize African American turnout this fall began with these words from Chairman Tom Perez in Atlanta: “I am sorry.” By Russell Berman, The Atlantic — ATLANTA—Swanky fund-raisers don’t often begin with an apology to the well-heeled donors who shelled out thousands of dollars to sip wine, eat steak, and listen to pep-rally speeches. But as he looked out over a predominantly black crowd gathered at the Georgia…

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Trump Taps Kavanaugh for SCOTUS Dems Vow to Fight Pick & What’s It All Mean

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Audio courtesy of Critical Hour with Dr. Wilmer Leon —  On this episode of The Critical Hour with Dr. Wilmer Leon, Brett M. Kavanaugh is Trumps nominee to be the next Supreme Court Justice filling Justice Anthony M. Kennedy’s seat. He is 53, a federal appeals court judge, former aide to President George W. Bush and onetime investigator of President Bill Clinton during the Starr investigation. Senate Democrats are facing an…

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‘There’s another important public space where blackness has been policed: the voting booth.’ Photograph: Shawn Thew/EPA

Voting while black: the racial injustice that harms our democracy

By Commentaries/Opinions

The routine suppression of black voters is far-reaching and has devastating consequences. We cannot be silent about it. By Carol Anderson, The Guardian — The recent spate of whites calling 911 on African Americans for barbecuing while black, waiting in Starbucks while black, sleeping at Yale while black ad nauseum has led to a much-needed discussion about the policing of public spaces. Yet, there’s another important public space where blackness has been policed and we have…

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Steve Bannon

Steve Bannon Tried to Suppress Black Vote: Cambridge Analytica Whistleblower

By News & Current Affairs

Christopher Wylie told Congress that the firm engaged in “voter disengagement” tactics and targeted black Americans By Rachel Leah, Salon — Christopher Wylie, Cambridge Analytica whistleblower and a former employee of the firm, told Congress Wednesday that the company ran voter suppression campaigns, which targeted black Americans and other liberal demographic groups. He said that those orders came from Steve Bannon, former chief executive of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, and later Chief…

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Black Voters

The Payback: Why Aren’t Black Voters Rewarded by the Party That Depends on Them to Win Elections?

By Commentaries/Opinions

Democrats need to do more to protect black Americans from institutionalized racism. By Ebony Slaughter-Johnson, AlterNet —  At his State of the Union address last Tuesday, President Trump sent out a clarion call that portends where he will set his legislative sights next. “We can lift our citizens from welfare to work, from dependence to independence, and from poverty to prosperity,” Trump insisted. Translation: Expect cuts in the social safety net. As…

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