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Cory Booker and Kamala Harris

We’ve got two well-qualified black candidates in the field — and I might not vote for either of them. Here’s why.

By | Commentaries/Opinions

By D. Watkins — Back in 2008 America successfully elected its first black president, and we could possibly get another in 2020. (OK, I’m not holding my breath or anything.) There are two well-qualified and well-respected African-American candidates running at the time I write this: Sen. Kamala Harris of California and Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey. Becoming a black U.S. senator in America is almost impossible — there have…

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Kamala Harris

Kamala Harris calls for marijuana legalization: ‘I think it gives a lot of people joy’

By | News & Current Affairs

By Katie Galioto, Politico — Sen. Kamala Harris called for the legalization of marijuana at a federal level in a Monday morning interview, making her the latest 2020 contender to weigh in on an issue that has become front-and-center as the presidential campaign season begins. “Half my family’s from Jamaica,” the California Democrat said, laughing when asked to respond to those who think she’s opposed to legalizing recreational use of…

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Senegal Flag

Senegal: Testing for Democracy in Nigeria and Senegal in 2019

By | Commentaries/Opinions

By Melvin Foote — Without question Africa is a continent that is very much on the move towards democratic governance. Africa has made incredible progress in the past two decades with many of Africa’s 54 countries now able to be called democratic, holding peaceful and credible elections, enjoying a free press, and governments that are generally accountable to their people. A driving force behind the democratic reform on the continent…

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Warren is the One Democrat Who Can Give Trump the Best Run for His Money

Warren is the One Democrat Who Can Give Trump the Best Run for His Money

By | Editors' Choice

By Earl Ofari Hutchinson, The Hutchinson Report — Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren did what legions have been urging her to do since 2016. That’s run for the presidency. She took the first big step toward a presidential bid with the announcement that she’s setting-up a presidential exploratory committee. Other Democratic presidential hopefuls will soon follow her lead. But the brutal reality is that Warren is the one Democrat who can give…

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Black Lives Matter activists protest at a Hillary Clinton rally in Atlanta in October 2015.

Russian Trolls and the Trump Campaign Both Tried to Depress Black Turnout

By | Editors' Choice

Two new reports released by the Senate Intelligence Committee underscore how much the Internet Research Agency targeted African Americans—echoing efforts by the campaign. By David A. Graham, The Atlantic — Perhaps the most striking takeaway from a pair of new reports released by the Senate Intelligence Committee is the consistency and persistence with which Russian trolls sought to depress the black vote in the 2016 election. That workers for the Internet…

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Cory Booker

How Cory Booker’s “Baby Bond” Proposal Could Transform the Reparations Debate

By | Commentaries/Opinions, Reparations

By Benjamin Wallace-Wells, The New Yorker — Cory Booker, one of a half-dozen Democrats routinely mentioned as a Presidential contender, is a man of singularly intense enthusiasms. He is a vegan and, after a Rhodes Scholarship and finishing Yale Law, he famously moved into the Brick Towers housing project in the central ward of Newark, from which he would, before his thirtieth birthday, launch a political career, winning a seat on…

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Barack Obama at a campaign rally in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with governor-elect Tony Evers, Mandela Barnes and Sarah Godlewski on 26 October.

The new wave of Democrats owes a huge debt to people power.

By | Commentaries/Opinions

The party was the natural political conduit for the protest movement. It must not betray that trust. By Gary Younge, The Guardian — With just a few thousand votes between the two candidates for governor, election night during the US midterms in Wisconsin could not have been more tense. The slender lead kept flipping between Republican and Democrat as various precincts reported their results. Then shortly before midnight a local news presenter suggested,…

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Noose found at MS State Capitol

Seven nooses, signs found at Mississippi State Capitol

By | News & Current Affairs

The nooses and signs were found one day before the U.S. Senate runoff. State Capitol police took the nooses and signs down and are investigating. By Morgan Howard, WLBT Jackson, MS — Seven nooses and several signs were found at the Mississippi State Capitol Monday, prompting more nationwide attention and outrage ahead of Tuesday’s election. Early Monday morning, two nooses were found at the Capitol. According to the Associated Press, five more…

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Nov 19th Edition of Vantage Point Radio: Can the Working Families Party Be the Third Force in American Politics?

By | Vantage Point Radio, Video/Audio | No Comments

Topics: Protecting the Financial Health of New York Consumers • “The Adultrification of Black Youth in the Criminal Justice System” • Can the Working Families Party Become the Third Force in American Politics. Guests: Lorelei Salas (New York Commissioner of Consumer Affairs, New York, NY) and Jeree Thomas (Policy Director, The Campaign for Youth Justice, Washington, D.C.)

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