Democrats scored a major victory on the one year anniversary of the Trump Presidency, winning every election by landslides, and making significant gains in state legislators. Here is the story of 10 unlikely candidates that made history. Let their stories be an inspiration for the 2018 elections and beyond.
A very good analysis on what worked and what didn't in the first major election post Trump. Again the Pundits and media was wrong about the issues and what was working. We also learned that fear mongering and trumpism is not working.
What did we learn from the 2017 elections and how can we take this message forward to 2018 and beyond. We learned that the base and minorities are fired up, that inclusive populism wins and that competition and debate is good for the party.
These actions are in line with what Naomi Klein calls disaster capitalism. Capitalist using disasters to privatize industries and disenfranchise people, despite the best effort of the community to do otherwise. In this case the community strives to open schools, while ideologues trying to push privatization while hurting the community!
The Trump administration is overstating the success of a program in which local law enforcement agencies partner with the federal government to facilitate the deportation of county jail inmates suspected of being unauthorized immigrants, They claim to have deported 40K people, Ice records show only 10K were deported and only 5K had criminal convictions.
Voting rights are the cornerstone of our democracy. Learn about all the issues around voting rights and how the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is fighting to restore this rights.
A study of Pre-K program over a long period of time shows that children who participated in these program made significant gains from Pre-K through first grade in areas of language skills, literacy skills, math skills, and social skills.
This is a story of how partisan congress works. Kevin Ring, a former staffer for Newt Gingerich, who helped write laws for, minimum drug sentences, explains how much of these laws are written based on partisan politics, as opposed to well established research. Now he works for a non profit to undo the same laws, he helped right.
Paradise Papers leak shows that Russian government and oligarchs secretly used front companies in the US to invest in US based social media companies. The report has not shown any links between the investments and political meddling by Russia in the US elections.
The commission set up by President Trump to investigate the bogus voter fraud allegations, has not met since September 12th. The commission has been hampered by multiple lawsuits by several civil rights and voting rights groups, including the American Civil Liberties Union, arguing it hasn't been transparent and hasn't conducted enough of its business in the open.
Voting rights is under attack and Trumps pick to the election fraud commission, Kris Kobach,revealed that he wants to require proof of citizenship to register to vote. Seems like republicans are intent to introduce legislation to do so.
Progressives and democrats are using creative ways to demonstrate gerrymandering to their constituents. A 5K run in Asheville, zigzagged through the city showing how the republicans have gerrymandered a progressive enclave in a red state, such that it is now represented by two republicans, one an ultra-conservative.
Understanding and learning from history is essential to staying vigilant and fighting for a better future. History never progresses in a straight line. We have made much progress since the founding of this nation and will not stop here!
Donald Trump's reckless statements on criminal justice have real consequences on peoples lives. This criminal justice attorney explains how a criminal conviction effects peoples lives, and how the justice system really work, and how Trumps comments are not based on a real understanding of the system.
This advocacy group helps individuals with HIV to re-enter into society and change public perception on these individuals. Taking care of these individuals when they re-enter the community (95% do) is also a public safety issue for all citizens. Learn about this group and their activities.
The Muslim population in the United States is younger than the U.S. population at large. In fact, while Millennials make up 32% of all U.S. adults, they account for roughly half of American Muslim adults (52%).
Silence is the culture of many police departments. In my second year as a cop ― a career that would span more than a decade across three states ― I was taught the ramifications of speaking out. After a sergeant stole from an impounded car, another whistleblower and I reported him up the chain of command. Within days, I was fired. It was just before Christmas; young, a child on the way, and now my fledgling career tarnished. I received the message loud and clear: Do not kneel.
“Donald Trump has made claim after claim calling the integrity of the election into question, but his Michigan campaign had no problem hiring a staff member facing election law charges,” said Progress Michigan executive director Lonnie Scott in a public statement. “The fact that the Trump campaign and the Michigan Republican Party embraced Brandon Hall is just one more reason to recount and audit the vote in Michigan.”
Last month, a landmark study called “Tokens on the Small Screen” confirmed what even casual TV watchers have probably observed: the Asian Americans and Pacific Islander (AAPI) population is seriously under-represented on television. Putting more Asian faces on TV isn’t about diversity for diversity’s sake. It’s about closing the gap in the public understanding of how different demographic groups are impacted by issues such as policy changes in immigration, health care, taxes and trade.
This is a good example of right wing fear mongering. They state that there are 60 million immigrants, stating that we don't know how many are legal vs illegal, which is easily knowable., They also claim that this rise is the reason why Donald Trump won the presidency. They basically imply that immigration is the reason for the troubles in this country. Studies show that immigration has had no effect on wages in this country.
A very interesting and effective proposal to find the true intention of the voters. By adding an against vote to the ballot and counting that vote it allows us to find a more accurate representative of our votes. Take a look.
Democracy require participation for everyone. In 2016 approximately 117 million Americans who were eligible to vote, didn't. Vice impact is supporting National Voter Registration day. get involved.
NAACP has filed a suit against President Trump, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Homeland Security Elaine Duke, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Department of Homeland Security, in defense of people of color eligible for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). DACA was designed to protect the most vulnerable residents, young undocumented immigrants, who are overwhelmingly people of color.
Senate Republicans are showing once again, that repealing Obamacare is pure politics and has little to do with solving the people's problem. Their only concern is to pass a bill, so they can claim they repealed Obamacare.
For the first time in 40 years the congressional Hispanic Caucus institute decided not to invite Donald Trump due to his pardon pf Joe Arpaio, dismantling of Obamacare that afforded millions of hispanics health insurance, his voter fraud investigation based on false premises and his actions on DACA.
The lead contamination crisis in Flint, Michigan, appears to have led to a 58% increase in fetal deaths in the city between November 2013 and March 2015. Study shows that neglect in environmental protection comes at a horrendous cost to the society. Despite these findings the trump administration is reducing the EPA funding, which is charged with maintaining water standards.
The mayor of NY is promoting 10 million dollars in funding to create fast charging stations across the city, with the goal of charging 12,000 vehicles per week. The goal for the city is to reduce emissions, in face of Trumps abdication of leadership in climate, and cut emissions by 80% by 2050
Gerrymandering results in a system were Politicians pick their voters, instead of the other way around. This results in legislators who are less responsive to the will of their voters. As a result, even though the wast majority of voters for example support the expansion of ACA, 19 states have refused the federal funding directly opposing the will of their people. This brief discusses the fate of public policies in 6 states.
Major publications like Wall Street Journal announced that Trump Administration had reversed course and wants to stay with the agreement, which the administration denied. It seems more a revelation of the Trump administrations incompetence, where administration officials and conservative news outlets seem to conflict the official white house message.
A bipartisan group of governors and legislators are supporting laws that abolish partisan gerrymandering. They have filed briefs in advance of the supreme court hearing the case in October, Gill v. Whitford, that could abolish partisan gerrymandering.
President Trump is blocking efforts to protect the environment, and in the near term this effects the minority Latino and Asian communities. He is doing this by severely cutting the EPA budget, that would compromise the agencies ability to enforce all air quality standards.
Artificial Intelligence is reshaping our entire society: our day to day work, the products we purchase, the news we read, how we vote. Advocacy groups like ACLU are concerned that these algorithms do not discriminate in cases of criminal justice, equity as it relates to fair housing, fair lending and fair credit.
Donald trump is defunding the Election Assistance Commission, Department of Justice is reviewing voter registration lists, the trump appointed election integrity is looking into bogus voter fraud, and they have elected a Heritage foundation partisan to enact suppressive policies.
Lo income students are overwhelmingly burdened with student loans. Not only will the jobs waiting for them not empower them to pay back their excessive loans, most don't even finish college. This means most of these lo-income students leave campus saddled with lots of debt but none of the salary gains that traditionally come with bachelor's degree.