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8 Million Sign-ups: Obamacare enrollments exceed expectations

Yesterday President Obama announced that sign-ups for the Affordable Care Act, his signature piece of legislation have hit eight million. While the official enrollment period ended on March 31, the government allowed people to finish signing up in April. Young people in particular signed up in greater numbers in March and April. According to Think […]

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Innocent Man Who Was in Jail for 25 Years Sues New York for $25 Million

Another week, another story about someone who was in jail for decades who was innocent.  This time it’s Derrick Deacon of Brooklyn, New York.  Deacon was in jail for 25 years when, whoops,  someone finally figured out that he hadn’t murdered anyone. “Derrick Deacon, who was convicted for the 1989 murder of 16-year-old Anthony Wynn, […]

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What Partisan Gridlock? Sens. Cory Booker and Tim Scott Join on LEAP Act

In an era of partisan gridlock two senators from opposing parties have come together with legislation aimed at putting Americans back to work. It becomes more noteworthy that the two senators are the only African-Americans in the United States Senate. Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Tim Scott (R-SC) have introduced the Leveraging and Energizing America’s […]

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Election 2014: Georgia 1+2+3 = Modern Voting Rights Movement #GA123

Last week I participated in #GA123 — one of the most cutting edge civic engagement events this election cycle. This “cross-platform” social media conference attracted over a hundred political leaders from the southeast region including representatives from labor, progressives, civil rights, women, youth and people of color. Featured speakers included AFL-CIO Executive Council member and […]

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Voto Latino celebrates 10 year anniversary with Power Summit in NYC

Voto Latino, a civic engagement organization that targets young Latinos, is celebrating its ten year anniversary. For the past two days in New York City, young Latinos have been attending the first of four Power Summits being held throughout the country. The goal of the Power Summit conferences is to educate and empower young people […]


 
 

 
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60 Years for Shooting Drywall? Angela Corey Switches Marissa Alexander’s Punishment

Wasn’t Alexander Just Serving 20 Years Concurrently for the Same Charges? In a case where no one was shot or injured, Florida prosecutor Angela Corey has announced she intends to effectively triple the punishment in the c...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
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Better late than never: NCLR’s Janet Murguia calls President ‘deporter-in-chief’

According to a report published in Politico, Janet Murgia, the President of the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), the nation’s largest Latino civil rights organization, is now calling out the President for his record br...
by Adriana Maestas
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Net Neutrality False Alarm: Comcast-Netflix Deal is Not the End of the Web As We Know It

In our sound-byte hungry culture, timing is everything, and in the case of Comcast’s interconnection agreement with Netflix, announced less than two weeks after its proposed merger with Time Warner Cable was revealed, timing ...
by Kristal High
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Oscars: Solomon Northup and Patsey Help Hollywood Turn a Corner

Solomon Northup and Patsey help Hollywood turn a corner. “Lupita Nyongo just became the 7′th black woman to win and Oscar award. Exactly 75 Years after Hattie McDaniel became the first!” tweeted The Grio̵...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
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AT&T Announces IP Trials in Alabama and Florida

As technologies evolve, so too must the infrastructure lines upon which our nation’s broadband connections are built.  The days of POTS (plain old telephone service) are behind us, and telecommunications companies across the...
by Kristal High
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Joy-Ann Reid Blasts Off With a Perfect First Week

#Reiders. The predictably solid performance of Joy Ann Reid this week on her new show The Reid Report prompts one key question: What the hell took MSNBC so long?  For well over a year Reid’s large and enthusiastic follow...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
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New report highlights dire Latino voter situation in Texas

In Texas, Latinos are projected to reach a plurality of the population (43%), and for the past few years, politicians and operatives have been buzzing about tapping into this growing population to loosen the GOP grip on the sta...
by Adriana Maestas
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Rep. Ed Pastor announces retirement, State Rep. Gallego announces candidacy

Congressman Ed Pastor (D-Arizona) has announced that he would be retiring at the end of his current term. In an announcement posted on Facebook, Rep. Pastor said, “After 23 years in Congress serving the people of Arizona,...
by Adriana Maestas
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U.S. Border Patrol criticized for use of force in new report

According to a report published in the Los Angeles Times this week, the Border Patrol has not thoroughly investigated agents who have come under criticism for use of force incidences. The report, commissioned by the U.S. Custom...
by Adriana Maestas
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DNC Launches Voter Expansion Project

Yesterday, the Democratic National Committee launched a new initiative to expand and protect access to the polls. The new “Voter Expansion Project,” The project will focus on legislation, education, advocacy and reg...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
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Mayor Who Was OK With Profiling 4 Million Innocent Men of Color Attends My Brother’s Keeper Event

Michael Bloomberg. Remember him? He was the Mayor of New York who presided over the largest racial profiling campaign of the last 20 years.  From 2002 to 2011, over 4 million innocent Black and Hispanic men were stopped-and fr...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
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116 Members of Congress Donated $495,000 to Charity During Shutdown

Perhaps we should have more government shutdowns? During the federal government shutdown in October 2013, there were many pledges by members of Congress who pledged to give up their salaries.   Did they do it? According to a ...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
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My Brother’s Keeper: Pres. Obama Announces Initiative Focused on Black Men

“Fifty years after Dr. King talked about his dream for America’s children, the stubborn fact is that the life chances of the average black or brown child in this country lags behind by almost every measure and is wo...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
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My Brother’s Keeper Roll-Out Coincides with Rep. Frederica Wilson’s Decades Long Mission

Florida Congresswoman Frederica Wilson will attend today’s roll-out at the White House of My Brother’s Keeper. The initiative and its goals are nothing new for Wilson. The new initiative will be announced by Preside...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
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Incredible: Senate Republicans Block Benefits for Veterans

Remember all the drama and posing for pictures by Reps. Michelle Bachmann and others over the World War II Memorail being closed during the government shutdown last September? Will Bachmann protest again after what happened in ...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
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Black Caucus: 3 Approps Members Set to Move Up After Retirements

In 2015: Fattah (9), Bishop (10), Lee (11). With today’s retirement announcement by Rep. Ed Pastor, three Black Caucus members are set to move up another step in seniority on the powerful House Appropriations Committee in...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
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Designated Entity Rules and Secondary Market Transactions Should Be a Top-line Priority for the FCC

America’s tech and telecom sectors account for one-sixth of the nation’s GDP, and in an increasingly digital economy, spectrum is a vital resource for economic growth and entrepreneurial opportunity. This is particu...
by Kristal High
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Americans divided over deportations, but majority still supports a path to legal status

The Pew Research Center released a new poll today showing that American adults are evenly divided about the increase in deportations of undocumented immigrants that has been occurring in recent years. Specifically, 45% view the...
by Adriana Maestas
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Nearly four years after signing SB 1070, Brewer vetoes anti-gay bill, SB 1062

Yesterday Arizona Governor Jan Brewer vetoed a bill that would have allowed businesses in her state to refuse service to anyone based on grounds of religious freedom. Businesses would have been legally allowed to refuse service...
by Adriana Maestas
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Ohio Ends Sunday Voting and “Souls to the Polls” as Effort to Supress Black Vote Continues

Here we go again. Once again, Ohio Republicans verify that, if it’s a method of voting favored by African Americans, you can bet that Republicans will figure out a way to end it. African Americans, students and low income...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
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