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.

Of all Senate Races, Georgia is Most Strategic Race for Democrats

Michelle_Nunn_GA_voters.pngSix years after the historic election of Barack Obama, we are living through a revolution in American politics, and the elections taking place in less than 35 days are a key moment in that ongoing revolution. Obama’s election in 2008 announced the arrival of a new demographic majority in American politics, comprised of People of Color and Progressive Whites. 

As we saw in 2010, however, when the New Majority stays home, we lose. If we make the right investments in 2014 – targeted, grassroots voter engagement, elevating progressive leaders, and focusing our energy on key races – we will hold the Senate and make progress in the House and in representation at the statewide level. Here’s what it’s going to take.

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Ferguson: Moment to Movement [VIDEO]

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6 Races That Will Change Herstory

leticia_wendy.pngWe wrote recently about how critical it is for powerful, multiracial women to seek public office (and how we can help them win). And this year, we couldn’t be more proud to endorse a slate of talented, passionate women at the forefront of this movement. Since we introduced them back in May, the women leaders on our slate have been working tirelessly to turn the tides in communities on the brink of political transformation.

We are also proud to announce the addition of Leticia Van de Putte, a longtime progressive voice and current candidate for Texas Lieutenant Governor, to our list of fierce women candidates to watch. Full 2014 Endorsed Candidate List. 

With less than 35 days till Election Day, here is a look inside the campaigns of six women we want to see shaping progressive politics come 2015:

 

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7 Reasons We're Not 'Waiting for Superman' to Fix Schools

Kamala_Harris_school.pngYou hear it all the time - our schools have gone downhill. But people seem to be 'Waiting for Superman' to fix education - like the 2010 documentary so aptly observed. No need. Here are 7 of the best proposals to fix our schools put forth by a group of up and coming progressive candidates in the 2014 election

 

 

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The Next Wave of Social Justice Leaders

fall_endorse_fb_blog_share.pngMidterm elections are less than fifty days away, and the time is now to rally behind rising progressive leaders. That’s why we’re proud to announce our endorsement of four game-changing new candidates. From California to Florida, these leaders have proven that they can energize voters of color, women and young voters – because, simply put, they are serious about making the changes these voters want to see.

Some of these faces may be familiar to you, others may be new, but one thing is certain: these are leaders that we want to see at the forefront of progressive change in 2015.

 

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Georgia Secretary of State Sits on 51,000 Unprocessed Voter Forms

Staceyabrams_press.jpgToday, Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp admitted that there is no evidence of voter fraud, and that leaders of the New Georgia Project including House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams, have been cooperative in efforts to make their voter registration operation as free of mistakes as possible. 

Yet, even after the admission, thousands of voter registrations have yet to be processed. Today, community and elected leaders gathered to demand that Georgia Secretary of State process 51,423 voter registration forms that have been languishing in the office for weeks. [*Update: As of October 6, 2014, 9,000 voter forms have been processed, but 42,000 forms remain unprocessed.]

 

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Years After 9/11, These Leaders are Still Working to Counter Bigotry

muslim_identity_rally.pngOne of the enduring tragedies of the September 11th attacks is the surge of anti-Muslim and anti-Arab bigotry they left in their wake. In the first ten years after 9/11, over 150 incidents of anti-Muslim hate crimes and harassment were reported, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. South Asian, Muslim, Sikh and Arab Americans were unjustly detained at airports, children were bullied by classmates repeating the prejudices of their parents, and Muslim workers faced discrimination in the form of racial slurs and restriction of religious clothing.  Not to mention the vitriolic backlash against a planned Islamic community center and mosque near ground zero (the center, which is open to all-faiths and includes a 9/11 memorial, won a legal challenge for the right to continue construction, and has been open since 2011).

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Ferguson: A Movement or a Moment? One Rider’s Experience

Is the outrage over injustice in Ferguson leading to a movement, or just a moment? I traveled to Ferguson over Labor Day weekend as a member of the Black Lives Matter Ride. Watch the video above to hear my experience working on the ground in Ferguson with Dr. Marshall of Street Soldiers Radio, and read the highlights below to learn about the moments of both deep frustration and hope that I experienced on my journey.

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DCCC Responds to 2014 Fannie Lou Hamer Report

fudge_israel_photo.jpegPowerPAC+'s Fannie Lou Hamer Report issued powerful data that demonstrated the lack of diversity in Democratic Party hiring. The media inquiries that followed have elevated the conversation on how well the Democrats are engaging people of color who comprise 40% of its voting base.

On July 29th, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) briefed 11 African-American reporters on the committee’s efforts to engage voters of color in this year's midterms. 

Lauren Victoria Burke, managing editor of Politic365, asked DCCC leaders what the committee planned to do about the findings of the 2014 Fannie Lou Hamer report. (In case you missed it, our report revealed that a shockingly low 5.9% of consulting firms employed by the Democratic Party over the past two cycles were led by people of color).

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PowerPAC+ Goes to Ferguson [LIVE BLOG]

PowerPAC+ is proud to join the August 28th-31st, 2014 "Black Lives Matters Ride," an initiative of #BlackLivesMatter. PowerPAC+ representative Lulu Matute will work with a coalition of organizers including partners, the Organization for Black Struggle, to provide on-the-ground support to the Ferguson community and plan key action steps we can all take in building the political power of the people of Ferguson. 

How you can join: 

1. Follow the hashtag: #BlackLivesMatter

2. Follow our tumbler and share our posts: http://powerpacplus.tumblr.com/

3. Donate to the Organization for Black Struggle 

 

Check this blog throughout the weekend for live updates, videos and posts as we work to create long-lasting change in Ferguson, Missouri. 

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