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Madre texana en la Elección 2016: ‘Votar es amar’

Madre texana en la Elección 2016: ‘Votar es amar’

Nací en los Estados Unidos en Brownsville, Texas, en la frontera colindando con Matamoros, México, pero de hecho crecí en Matamoros, donde mi padre tenía su trabajo y mi mamá sus familiares. En nuestra comunidad mexicana, ir a votar era como ir a misa; no siempre se comprendía todo, pero uno participaba fielmente.  Al igual […]

Un sombrero de vaquero y la presión para registrar electores

Un sombrero de vaquero y la presión para registrar electores

Esta tarde, en Atlanta, Charles “Chuck” Ware está respondiendo preguntas por teléfono sobre la importancia de votar en la Elección de 2016.  Al mismo tiempo, el intercesor de base está hablando con alguien que se encuentra cerca de él. “Haga que él lo llene. Nosotros lo entregaremos” dice Ware, de 86 años, dirigiéndose a la […]

Election 2016: Why It’s Been Good for Immigrants

Election 2016: Why It’s Been Good for Immigrants

Donald Trump outlined his ideas for a new approach to immigration Wednesday with rhetoric steeped in fear – of criminals, illegal drugs, job loss and threats to national security – that also stoked fear among immigrant families across the country. But, he energized those same families and their communities in ways that could ultimately be seen […]

A Product of Trump’s Immigration Ideas? A Spike in Latino Voters

A Product of Trump’s Immigration Ideas? A Spike in Latino Voters

Maricela Andrade, who is in her late 20s, came to the United States as a child. Her father arrived first for work. Once he gained stability, he brought his family from Michoacán, Mexico in 2002. Andrade became eligible to apply for citizenship almost a decade ago, but she put it off. A few years ago, […]

Virginia Makes Progress as Push to Restore Voting Rights Grows

Virginia Makes Progress as Push to Restore Voting Rights Grows

RICHMOND, Va. – On a steamy early August afternoon outside Broomfield Christian Methodist Church, along a desolate stretch of Jefferson Davis Highway in this former Confederate capital, William Irvin Banks Jr. recalled rejoicing when Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe restored his right to vote. But Banks’ eyes suddenly turned downcast. And he could hardly contain his […]

Restoring Voting for Ex-Felons Is a Civil Rights Focus for 2016

Restoring Voting for Ex-Felons Is a Civil Rights Focus for 2016

Disenfranchising people for past criminal convictions has a long history. In ancient Greece and Rome, they had a name for stripping away people’s voting rights and other rights: “civil death.” English colonists brought ex-felon disenfranchisement to America. Today, for 4.3 million American citizens who have left prison after doing time for a felony, freedom quickly […]

Keep the Faith: The Lending Reform Movement in Ala. Will Win

Keep the Faith: The Lending Reform Movement in Ala. Will Win

It’s no secret that tremendous wealth can open doors, and you don’t have to look far to see the colossal power of money in the political process, both here in Alabama and across the country. In Alabama, the high-cost lending industries are throwing hefty sums of money around, merging affluence with influence and hoping to […]

The Changing Face of Politics: A Q&A With Pramila Jayapal

The Changing Face of Politics: A Q&A With Pramila Jayapal

As the nation focuses on what is turning into a horse race between Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, his Democratic counterpart, the idea of implementing true change after Election 2016 might actually occur at the grassroots level. As partisan fighting continues to dominate Washington, D.C., concerned community members nationwide are raising their […]

Clinton Makes History, as Need for More Women in Office Rises

Clinton Makes History, as Need for More Women in Office Rises

Hillary Clinton and Mary Thomas have little in common, except for this: They both hope to add to the meager ranks of America’s female elected officials come January. You know about Clinton, who made U.S. history on Tuesday by becoming the first female presidential nominee from a major political party, but probably not Thomas — […]