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Will Americans Lose Their Right to Vote in the Pandemic?

By Editors' Choice

The safest way to cast a ballot will very likely be by mail. But with opposition from the president, limited funding and time running out, will that option be available? By Emily Bazelon, NYT — In March, as a wave of states began delaying their spring primaries because of the coronavirus, Wisconsin’s election, scheduled for April 7, loomed. The ballot for that day included the presidential primary, thousands of local…

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Thomas Massie of Kentucky and Georgia House Speaker David Ralston

The GOP fight against voting by mail

By COVID-19 (Coronavirus), Editors' Choice

By Benjamin Barber, Facing South — Earlier this month, after Wisconsin’s Republican-led legislature refused to allow an expansion of mail-in voting, GOP officials and judges forced the state’s voters to choose between casting their ballot and risking their health during the coronavirus lockdown. Milwaukee health officials have already identified seven people who have contracted the coronavirus because of in-person voting during the April 7 state primary. Voters were also forced to endure difficult…

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John Marshall High School, in Milwaukee, on election day.

Selma 1965, Wisconsin 2020: Multiracial Democracy vs. A White Republic

By Editors' Choice

By Max Elbaum, Organizing Upgrade — I have never been prouder of the people of my home state than over the last twelve days. I went to John Marshall High School in Milwaukee, class of 1964. It was after coming home from school one day that I watched on television as non-violent Civil Rights protesters were attacked with dogs and fire hoses in Birmingham, Alabama. A few weeks after I…

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COVID-19 and the Crisis of Racial Capitalism

COVID-19 and the Crisis of Racial Capitalism

By COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

By K. Sabeel Rahman, Demos — The escalating COVID-19 pandemic impacts all of us, but for Black and brown people in particular, the combined health and economic devastation is truly terrifying. Communities of color have higher rates of asthma, less access to health care centers, are more likely to live in food deserts, and are among the most vulnerable in the face of this virus. The workers most on edge…

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Last-minute voters arrive to cast their vote during Missouri primary voting at Johnson-Wabash Elementary School on March 15, 2016, in Ferguson, Missouri.

Voter Suppression Exposes the Paradox of Black Citizenship in a Racist Society

By Editors' Choice

Voting can secure incremental change, but liberation requires taking on racial capitalism and white supremacy. By William C. Anderson, Truthout — Black citizenship has always been up for debate in the United States. The conditions in which Black people live — or survive — are a testament to this. Whether rich or poor, Black people live under the constant threat of state violence. There is no escape from it, and…

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Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks, Ella Baker and Mary Church Terrell

These 19 black women fought for voting rights

By Commentaries/Opinions

Black women like Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks, Ella Baker and Mary Church Terrell played a major role in the women’s suffrage movement. By Nsenga K. Burton — August 18, 2020 marks 100 years since the ratification of the 19th Amendment guaranteeing all American women “suffrage,” or the right to vote. The dominant narrative about the women’s suffrage movement is framed through the experiences of white women (and to some extent, abolitionist…

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Vantage Point Radio: Conversation With Kwanzaa’s Creator and an Open Forum With Listening Audience

By Vantage Point Radio, Video/Audio

Vantage Point Radio Recorded December 23, 2019 — On this edition of Vantage Point, host Dr. Ron Daniels aka The Professor talks with guests Dr. Maulana Karenga and callers. Topic Kwanzaa Guests Dr. Maulana Karenga, Creator of Kwanzaa. Also Dr. Ron Daniels Commentary and audience call-in. Ways to listen Live (Radio) — Mondays 3-5PM on WBAI, 99.5FM, Pacifica Network, New York Livestream (Online) — Click Here Mondays 3PM-5PM or visit…

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How disinformation campaigns suppress the Black vote. Illustration by Katherine Streeter

Manipulation Machines

By Editors' Choice

How disinformation campaigns suppress the Black vote By Errin Haines, CJR — During the Democratic debates on June 27, Senator Kamala Harris had a standout moment. Former vice president Joe Biden, the front-runner, had recently made news for defending his work in the seventies with senators who advocated racial segregation, telling donors that, in those days, “At least there was some civility. We got things done.” Harris, the only Black woman in…

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Terri L. Crawford with Senator Nina Turner

Protecting Democracy – An Interview with Sen. Nina Turner

By Editors' Choice

By Terri L. Crawford, JD, The Omaha Star — “Moreover, he shall speak for you to the people; and he will be as a mouth for you …” — Exodus 4:16 As the voice of the people, the Nebraska Democratic Party Black Caucus’ mission is to promote the involvement of Blacks in the political process and the activities of the party at the local, state, and national level. The Caucus…

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The Electoral College’s Racist Origins

By Editors' Choice

More than two centuries after it was designed to empower southern white voters, the system continues to do just that. By Wilfred Codrington III, The Atlantic — s a color-blind political system possible under our Constitution? If it is, the Supreme Court’s evisceration of the Voting Rights Act in 2013 did little to help matters. While black people in America today are not experiencing 1950s levels of voter suppression, efforts…

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