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Scene at the Signing of the Constitution of the United States, by Howard Chandler Christy. (Image: Wikipedia)

Slavery, Democracy and the Racialized Roots of the Electoral College

By Reparations

By Christopher F. Petrella — At 11:45 p.m. on November 6, 2012, Donald Trump tweeted that “the electoral college is a disaster for a democracy.” Four years later, at 2:31 a.m. on November 9, 2016, the Associated Press projected that Donald Trump would win the state of Wisconsin and therefore surpass the required 270 Electoral College votes to become President-elect. The AP tweeted: “Donald Trump is elected President of the United States.” Though…

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Epsy Campbell Barr 

Costa Rica Just Elected Its First Black Female Vice President

By News & Current Affairs

Epsy Campbell Barr is the first black, female vice president in Latin American history. Epsy Campbell Barr has just made history. The Costa Rican economist, politician and author is the first black person and the first woman ever to become vice president in her country, and the first black woman to do so in Latin American history. Campbell Barr, who is one of the founders of the ruling party Citizen Action…

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At the recent Power Rising Summit in Atlanta, U.S. Reps. Stacey Plaskett of the Virgin Islands, Terri Sewell of Alabama, Bonnie Watson Coleman of New Jersey, Robin Kelly of Illinois and Yvette Clarke of New York were among the nearly 1,000 Black women who gathered to strategize on how to build their political power.

A Watershed Year for Black Women’s Political Power in the South

By News & Current Affairs

The recent Power Rising Summit in Atlanta brought together nearly a thousand Black women from across the country to strategize on how to build political power and harness the momentum behind the surge of Black women running for office. By Rebekah Barber, Facing South — From the onset of the women’s suffrage movement, Black women were among the strongest advocates for universal suffrage. Years before Black feminist scholar Kimberlé Crenshaw coined…

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Alicia Garza

Black Americans Face ‘Impossible Choices’ at Election Time. Alicia Garza Wants to Change That.

By Commentaries/Opinions

The co-founder of the Black Lives Matter movement talked to The Nation about her initiative to engage skeptics and build political power among black communities. By Collier Meyerson — In 2015, I profiled activist and organizer Alicia Garza as part of Glamour’s “Women of the Year” issue. Garza, along with Patrisse Cullors and Opal Tometi, is credited with coining the phrase #BlackLivesMatter, popularizing the hashtag and for its quick ascendance…

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Workers at the nationalized steel plant SIDOR rally in support of President Nicolas Maduro on February 4, 2018. (AVN)

Will the Venezuelan Masses Still Stand with Maduro at Election Time?

By Commentaries/Opinions

Workers at the nationalized steel plant SIDOR rally in support of President Nicolas Maduro on February 4, 2018. (AVN) By Lucas Koerner, Venezuelanalysis — Tens of thousands of Venezuelans could be seen marching down Caracas’ principal Urdaneta Avenue under the sweltering Caribbean sun. No, this was not a protest against the government, which we are routinely told is a dictatorship inflicting mass starvation on its people, but on the contrary, a…

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Maurice Bishop (1944-1983) - Maurice Rupert Bishop was a Grenadian revolutionary and the leader of New Jewel Movement – popular efforts in the areas of socio-economic development, education, and Black liberation – that came to power during the 13 March 1979 revolution that removed Eric Gairy from office

High Stakes for Grenada Election on Revolution’s Anniversary

By News & Current Affairs

The announcement of the March 13 election date on January 28 gave Grenadian voters and political parties only 45 days to prepare. By Earl Bousquet — Grenadians are getting ready to head to the polls in just six weeks. Voters have been registering to cast their ballots and a host of political parties have nominated candidates for the 2018 poll after the Government set the next General Elections for March…

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Jesse Jackson campaigns for president in 1984 at a stop in Texas.

Jesse Jackson Is The Most Important Figure In U.S. Political History

By Commentaries/Opinions

The civil rights icon has revealed a lot to us and about us. By Ja’han Jones — When the Rev. Jesse Jackson announced in November that he’d been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, he was not spared by the ruthless news cycle. Jackson’s name scrolled along bright red tickers for only the brief, intermittent moments between chaos. His announcement was largely crowded out by news of the GOP tax bill and…

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Ben Jealous 

The Most Important Election of 2018 Might Be Happening in Maryland

By News & Current Affairs

Ben Jealous is taking Bernie Sanders’ revolution down ballot. By Tim Murphy, Photography by Andrew Mangum — Ben Jealous was in a hurry. It was a Sunday morning in early June and he had just addressed a few thousand Bernie Sanders followers at the People’s Summit, a Chicago gathering of lefty organizers. It had been a long weekend of workshops and plenaries and the odd dance party, and Jealous, who is running for…

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Monday, December 18th Edition of Vantage Point — Dr. Ron Daniels

By Vantage Point Radio, Video/Audio

Topics: A Tribute to Ambassador Tete Antonio, African Union’s Ambassador Emeritus to the U.N., The Victory in Alabama and Implications for the Democratic Party and the Progressive Movement. Special Guests: Sidique Wai, President and National Spokesperson, United African Congress, New York, NY. Rev. Kenny Glasgow, Founder/President, The Ordinary People’s Society (TOPS), Dothan, AL. State Senator Hank Sanders, Selma, AL. Earl Ofari Hutchinson, Los Angeles Urban Roundtable and Publisher, The Hutchinson Report, Los Angeles, CA. Bill Fletcher, Veteran Labor/Social Justice Activist, Former President, Trans Africa Forum, Washington, D.C.

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By Bill Fletcher, Jr.

The Victory in Alabama

By Commentaries/Opinions

By Bill Fletcher, Jr. — Well, team, I must confess that i expected Moore to win Alabama’s special Senatorial race. As a result, I was shocked this morning when I awakened and received a text from one of my best friends celebrating Moore’s defeat. I immediately went to msn.com to read about the election results. When I subsequently went to Facebook i saw a posting from an African American who…

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