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.

Seneca Falls to Today: Looking Forward on a Big Day in Women's History

womens_vote.jpgIn 1848, women could not legally own property, file a lawsuit, or have custody of their children after a divorce. It was in this restrictive social climate that a group of radically progressive women organized a convention on July 19th in Seneca Falls, New York. They united around the pursuit of a new set of rights that included the right to own property and earn wages, the right to enroll at colleges and universities, and the right to vote. It would be decades before these rights would begin to be realized, but the women who met at Seneca Falls ignited a movement that put the status of women at the forefront of national consciousness for the first time.

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Trey Martinez Fischer: Electoral Change in the New Texas [VIDEO]

Texas State Representative and Mexican American Legislative Caucus Chair Trey Martinez Fischer is garnering national attention as a hard-hitting, tenacious Democrat who is as comfortable standing alone against the Texas GOP as he is successfully negotiating for bi-partisan legislation. At PowerPAC+’s Race Will Win the Race Conference, Trey illustrated the vast, yet unrealized, electoral power of Texas’ growing Latino population, and spoke candidly about what it will take for the Democratic Party to earn not just their vote, but their trust.

This video is part of the series, Replay: Race Will Win the Race.   

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Deepak Bhargava: Poverty, Prosperity, and Politics [VIDEO]

Deepak Bhargava, Executive Director of the Center for Community Change Action, is calling on political leaders to think bigger when it comes to tackling economic equality. At PowerPAC+’s Race Will Win the Race Conference, Deepak laid out a set of concrete steps that could decrease poverty in America by 80% - if we elect leaders that are willing to take bold steps to counter the jobs crisis, wage inequality, and racialized opportunity barriers. Watch the video to hear Deepak’s plan for curbing the devastating impact of poverty in communities across the nation.

This video is part of the series, Replay: Race Will Win the Race 

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Stacey Abrams: Voting, Civic Education and the Future of U.S. Politics [VIDEO]

At PowerPAC+’s Race Will Win the Race Conference, Georgia House Minority Leader, Stacey Abrams shared that Georgia’s changing demographics can flip the switch on Southern politics - if the Democratic Party learns to show up for voters of color when it matters most. Watch the video to hear Stacey’s thoughts on investing in civic empowerment for all communities. Read more about why we endorse Stacey here.

This video is part of the series, Replay: Race Will Win the Race

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Frederick Douglass, The Meaning of the Fourth of July

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Today, Americans celebrate an independence that was once only known to few. Front porches and storefront windows are adorned in red, white and blue, charbroiled smoke rises and settles, and exploding fireworks illuminate night skies. But to the children detained behind chainlink fences at the border or those in juvenile detention centers across the nation, independence day has a very different meaning. On this holiday, we revisit a powerful speech by Frederick Douglass, statesman and moral compass for our younger nation.

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New Report Reveals Democrats Lack of Diversity in Spending

On June 25th, PowerPAC+ unveiled the results of our audit of Democratic Party spending here during our Race Will Win the Race conference in Washington, D.C. The results were surprising - considering that 45% of Democratic Party voters are people of color.

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3 Reasons the #WINin2014 Conference Will Change How You See Politics

3_bullseye_photo_small.jpgThe PowerPAC+ National Conference - Race Will Win the Race: The Progressive Path to Victory will change your view on U.S. politics. Forget the term “minority.” Our analysis and experience shows that a multiracial block of voters is increasingly becoming the majority. That means people of color and progressive whites have the potential to change the game from the bottom up and the conference will show you how. The event kicks off Wednesday, June 25th, 2014 in Washington, D.C. at the National Press Club. Here are three reasons it's not to be missed:

 

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Announcing a Report on Diversity in Democratic Spending

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Fifty years ago, Fannie Lou Hamer and the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party stormed the floor of the Democratic Convention to demand that people of color be given a meaningful place in the Democratic Party. Today, we are certainly closer to the realization of Fannie Lou’s vision, but is the Democratic Party really doing all it can to embrace and include people of color in its formula for winning elections? In PowerPAC+’s 2014 Fannie Lou Hamer Report, which will be publically released on June 25th, we examine Democratic Party spending and reveal the degree to which funds are being used to engage all sectors of the Party’s constituencies, especially voters of color.

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Lucy Flores, Steven Horsford Change the Game in Nevada -- Here’s How

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You may have heard that what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, but in this election season, two rising politicians are putting the Silver State on national political radar. PowerPac+ is thrilled to announce that Congressman Steven Horsford and Lieutenant Governor hopeful Lucy Flores have sailed through their democratic primaries, and are setting their sights on victory in November!

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4 Years Later: 4 Reasons Why We Still Root For Kamala Harris

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If you’ve been voting in California elections in the past decade, then you’ve definitely seen Kamala Harris on your ballot. First elected to the San Francisco District Attorney office in 2003, and elected to the California Attorney General office in 2010, Kamala is the first female African American and Asian American Attorney General in California. She’s running for re-election and her Democratic primary is today.*

Kamala is the real deal. An advocate for environmental protection laws, fighting human trafficking and transnational gangs, Kamala will continue fighting for Californians.

*Kamala won her Democratic primary on June 3, 2014 and she'll be heading to the General Election this November. Congratulate Kamala on her win by signing the card! 

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