Category: Black Student Movement

Vote challenger chaos in Detroit was white privilege on steroids

November 6, 2020
Having lived in metro Detroit for more than two decades, I know what would happen if African American Detroit residents attempted to force their way into a room where votes were being counted in the predominantly white suburbs. It wouldn’t end well.The opposite scenario unfolded Wednesday in downtown Detroit. Shouting “Stop the count!” and “Let us

More women and more Black women than ever ran for Congress in 2020, but they still lost ground

November 5, 2020
Jahana Hayes (left) and Lauren Underwood were reelected to the House of Representatives. AP Photo/J. Scott ApplewhiteIn 2020, Black women set a new record – 117 entered primaries for the House and 13 for the U.S. Senate, according to the Center for American Women and Politics.In total, 643 women were candidates in congressional primary and

At the End of a Chaotic Campaign, an Election Day That Defied the Worst Fears

November 4, 2020
The worst fears about a chaotic end to a chaotic campaign failed to materialize on Tuesday as the final day of voting went off with little more than sporadic glitches and confrontations even as the tension over the outcome and aftermath remained undiminished.The most litigated, disrupted and polarized election in generations came to a close

Building on a history of resistance, Black women lead the way in this election

November 3, 2020
While Harris’s nomination is historic and meaningful, Black women’s overwhelming interest and commitment to casting a ballot is not a new feature in American politics. In 2008 and ’12, Black women voted at the highest rate of any race and gender subgroup.  […] The passage in 1920 of the 19th Amendment, which granted voting rights to

In a Swing County in a Swing State, the Verdict Is In: It’s Going to Be Close

November 2, 2020
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Dan Parri, a lawyer in the city of Clearwater, loved driving around town with the Pinellas County Jeep Club — until some members started festooning their vehicles with Trump 2020 campaign flags.So Mr. Parri spoke up, then kept speaking. The Confederate flag also bothered him, he told his fellow Jeep enthusiasts,

There are many ways to rebalance the GOP-packed courts that go beyond expansion

November 1, 2020
Judges are supposed to rule fairly and impartially on the laws before them. Before I get into Amy Coney Barrett, let’s review the batch of judges you don’t hear about. Trump and McConnell used over 200 of them to flood our judiciary; let’s see if they seem likely to rule fairly or impartially. Trump-appointed District Judge

As early voting winds down across the country, voters are more determined to cast ballots than ever

November 1, 2020
This little PSA, coming in at exactly 60 seconds, reminds us of why each of our votes is needed. Brian wants you to know that it’s safe to vote in his Florida precinct. In Clay, New York—a suburb of Syracuse—so many people have early voted, they were already out of the beloved “I Voted” stickers

Lil Wayne, Latest Rapper in Trump’s Orbit, Sees Backlash Over Photo

October 31, 2020
“Oh no,” 50 Cent wrote on Thursday evening. “I WOULD HAVE NEVER TOOK THIS PICTURE.”Ice Cube, a founding member of N.W.A, who released a song called “Arrest the President” as recently as 2018, faced similar scrutiny after it was announced this month that he had consulted with the Trump administration on the Platinum Plan. He

Pennsylvania AG Tells Trump And The Proud Boys He Won’t Let Them Steal The Election

October 30, 2020
Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro said on Thursday night that he will not put up with any attempts by Donald Trump or organizations like the Proud Boys to intimidate voters in his state. “We’ve been preparing for this moment for months,” Shapiro said during an interview with MSNBC’s Joy Reid. “We will not let any

Once-competitive districts held by freshman Democrats slip from GOP’s grasp

October 29, 2020
● NH-Sen (Likely D to Safe D): Republican Corky Messner has self-funded $6 million in his bid to unseat second-term Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, but he doesn’t have much to show for it: Every public poll of New Hampshire’s Senate race has shown Shaheen over 50% and Messner well behind. National Republicans haven’t paid him
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