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COMMENTARY: “Grateful After the November Mid-Term Results
December 8, 2022
To further resist the threat of authoritarianism, we must lift up young leaders who will be democracy’s champions for this and future generations. People For the American Way’s Young Elected Officials Network is celebrating the election of young leaders as new members of Congress from across the country: Greg Casar from Austin, Texas; Emilia Sykes from Akron, Ohio; Maxwell Frost from Orlando, Fla.; Summer Lee from Braddock, Pa.; Robert Garcia from Long Beach, Calif.; Sydney Kamlager from Los Angeles, Calif; and Jasmine Crockett from Dallas, Texas. Dozens more were elected to local and state offices, building a crucial leadership pipeline. ... read more »
Voters of Color and Women Saved the Democrats from Disaster
November 17, 2022
Despite new laws to keep people from voting and gerrymandering election districts to take away the power of minority communities, the Republican “red wave” that pollsters predicted ahead of last week’s midterms didn’t happen. ... read more »
VOTE – Your Voice Matters!  
July 14, 2022
Help all eligible people know about their right to vote - especially those impacted by the justice system.  ... read more »
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Rallying to Fight Injustice Anywhere  
July 7, 2022
We need to acknowledge the impact of racism, sexism, violence, and plantation capitalism in nearly every facet of American life even as we’ve advocated for democracy.  ... read more »
The Deconstruction of American Democracy
October 21, 2021
When the Congress no longer works under the Constitution that created it, then we have “deconstructed democracy” in favor of autocracy. ... read more »
Governor Newsom Defeats More Than The Recall
September 16, 2021
San Diego County was one of the first to overwhelmingly report a vote against the recall and it only went downhill from there for the recall supporters. ... read more »
March on Washington 2021 Focuses on Voting Rights
September 2, 2021
On the 58th anniversary of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” speech and the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, marchers focused on voting rights.  Voting rights have reemerged as a somewhat unexpected political battlefield as Republicans across the country pass new laws placing barriers in front of the ballot box. ... read more »
The Lookout: As the Pandemic Drags on, Cal Lawmakers Push Bills to Keep Public Meetings Virtual
August 5, 2021
The threat of the COVID-19 Delta variant has become more apparent. And what was once the looming possibility of  reinstating pandemic public safety guidelines is becoming  reality.  As this is happening, California lawmakers are pushing a number of bills to expand the use of various telecommunication options for public meetings. ... read more »
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Juxtaposing Juneteenth and July Fourth: Emancipation, Independence and Democracy Claims
July 8, 2021
Seba Malcolm said it, we saw it and history has proved it. Indeed, he taught that “of all our studies, history is best qualified to reward our research.” Likewise, Dr. W. E. B. DuBois stated that “We can only understand the present by continually referring to and studying the past.” ... read more »
Timmin’, Tommin’ and Talkin’ ‘Bout Racism: Dealing with America’s Acute Denial
May 6, 2021
And there was Sen. Tim Scott (R) of South Carolina responding to Pres. Biden’s address to the nation, dismissing the seriousness of racist encounters, trying to reason away racism, and calling for a “common sense and common ground” he failed to show or share. ... read more »
53 Years After MLK’s Assassination, Children of Civil Rights Icon Fight Voter Suppression
April 15, 2021
Bernice A. King joined the children of late civil rights champions the Rev. C.T. Vivian, and U.S. Rep. John Lewis, in blasting voter suppression laws that have cropped up since the 2020 election. ... read more »
Where We Go from Here
February 18, 2021
So, for me, 2021 is about hope and about working for a better life for all and a better nation together as we rise from the terrible test that 2020 has been. It is about recommitting to one another and to good works to help our brothers and sisters in need. And even before we voted for inclusion, we were already making good trouble. White, Black and Brown nationwide took to the streets this past spring and summer to ask our nation — to demand of our nation — that we address the systematic racism that has plagued this country since its founding. That has torn the very fabric of our country and created so much pain and loss. With one voice, all were saying: ‘Please, at long last, fix this.’” — Ray Curry, Secretary-Treasurer, UAW ... read more »
BLACK SUNDANCE 2021 —SEMI VIRTUAL FESTIVAL
January 21, 2021
New works by Shaka King, Octavia Butler, Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson, and more. ... read more »
TEACHABLE MOMENTS REGARDING THE NATION’S CULTURE: IS IT TIME FOR HIGHER EDUCATION INSTITUTIONS TO HELP PLACE GENUINE EQUALITY FRONT AND CENTER IN OUR NATIONAL DISCOURSE?
January 14, 2021
January 6th, 2021 was intended to be a day of ceremonial ritual that underscored the strength of our democracy, and the commitment we as a nation have to a set of principles, values, and ideals that anchor our embrace of the constitution of the United States. Students in universities and colleges, in K-12 institutions, and even mature adults could treat it as a civics lesson, for there were many teachable moments in this season of election politics. ... read more »
How the Black Vote Propelled Joe Biden and Kamala Harris Into a Historic Presidential Election Victory
November 12, 2020
The year 2020 has been a whirlwind of events. With all of the disarray in the nation, one thing has been proven true; that Black votes matter. In such a historic election, Black voters came out in some of the largest numbers ever seen, delivering President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris to the White House. Cities with heavy Black populations like Detroit, Philadelphia, and most historic of them all, Fulton County, G.A., managed to turn their states as poll workers counted each mail-in ballot. In any case, the community worked as a team, following the lead of several key players who helped usher registration forms and voters to the polls nationwide. ... read more »
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