Political Intelligence covers the intersection of race and politics, highlighting the power that the multiracial majority has in advancing social change in America. We follow key stories about electoral politics, report on progressive issues and the people involved in both, with a special emphasis on the campaigns and careers of PowerPAC+ Social Justice Champions who are running for public office.

If you have a question, comment or would like to submit a guest column, please contact Senior Vice President and Political Intelligence editor, Aimee Allison, at info@powerpacplus.org.

Can Hip-Hop Pick Presidents?

killer-mike-performance.pngIt is no secret that music culture, pop culture and flat-out Hip-Hop culture has been used to influence voter turnout. Just look at the ‘Vote or Die’ or ‘Rock the Vote’ campaigns, who claim to have influenced the record turnout of young voters in the 2008 election of President Barack Obama. From his ability to code switch to his acute understanding of black youth culture, Obama is arguably America’s first “Hip-Hop President.” He has undoubtedly galvanized the Hip-Hop generation like no other President has before. With the importance of young voters of color for this upcoming election the question now is: Can an endorsement from today’s leaders in Hip-Hop influence this upcoming election?

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Sandra Bland's Case: The Stifling Problem With White Male Prosecutors

justice_for_sandy_photo.pngWe don't have the full story. The police officer violated Sandra Bland's constitutional rights and more. So why is the prosecutor sidestepping the facts and attacking Sandra Bland's character instead? This behavior by prosecutors is an all to common behavior of America's all white prosecutors. 

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Chicago’s Black-Brown Coalition Key for Chuy Garcia’s Win

chuygarcia_fb_(1).pngA black-brown coalition, born under former Mayor Harold Washington and reborn in the candidacy of Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, is poised to elect the first Latino mayor in Chicago on April 7th. Big population shifts and the promise of progressive pushback to Mayor Rahm Emanuel's school privatization efforts and just plain mean-spirited governance style set the table for one of the most important races this year. With early voting double what it was for the initial mayoral election with 72,000 ballots already cast, according to the Chicago Board of Elections, this could be Chuy Garcia’s election win.

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Inspired by Fannie Lou Hamer Report, Political Consultants Launch National Talent Bank

Inclusv-site-w_-logo.pngAlmost a year ago, PowerPAC+ released the Fannie Lou Report illustrating the lack of diversity in Democratic Party spending. The report showed that fewer than 2% of the money the Party spent during the 2010 and 2012 election cycles went to firms owned by people of color - just $8.7 million of $514 million spent.

Top campaign institutions lose when they don’t invest in political professionals of color with the cultural competency to win elections by engaging the growing numbers of voters of color.

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Harry Reid's Endorsement in Maryland: "Insulting" to Black Community

Van-Hollen.pngOn the eve of the 50th anniversary of the Selma march, Senate Democratic Minority Leader Harry Reid's endorsement of Representative Chris Van Hollen to replace Senator Barbara A. Mikulski in the 2016 election is outrageous and insulting. 

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Think Marshawn Lynch Ain't Talking? You Just Ain't Listening

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The Seattle Seahawks may not be Super Bowl champs this year, but Marshawn Lynch is still a champ on the field and in his hometown of Oakland, California. Lynch has splattered the news lately, but there is more to the man behind the helmet.

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How the Multiracial Majority is Making Black Lives Matter

eric-garner-protests-raged-on-thursday-in-new-york-city-1205-1417794226-crop_mobile.pngThe tragic deaths of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice have ignited a multicultural national movement, exposing a deep-seated war of racial injustice towards the black community. Led by a new wave of black leaders, #BlackLivesMatter is truly taking form with no signs of stopping. We asked #BlackLivesMatter organizers Ellen Choy of #Asians4BlackLives Oakland and Chinyere Tutashinda of The BlackOUT Collective: Is #BlackLivesMatter the civil rights movement of our generation?

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Top Democratic Leadership Responds to PowerPAC+ Diversity Push

o-BEN-RAY-LUJAN-speaking.pngOur Fannie Lou Hamer Report called the Democratic Party to task to diversify their hiring - since only a fraction of nearly a billion dollars in political spending went to firms led by people of color. We want the party to do better and the good news is that new leadership is starting to respond. We’re mentioned in Politico by name. Check out today’s article for the latest. 

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GoFundMe Can't Help the Fact That Mass Transit is MIA

james-the-walker-rg-32.pngBehind James Robertson’s now famous daily 21-mile walk to work is a systematic underfunding of bus services that serve the multi-racial working class in Michigan and across the country.  

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Why We Need More Women Leaders Speaking On Abortion

Lucy_Flores_talking_blog.pngFinally, women leaders are telling their abortion stories. This is huge for the pro-choice movement. 

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