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.

Brown is the New White

community-300x201__medium.jpgAddress to the City Club of Cleveland January 10, 2014

It’s an honor to be invited to speak at the City Club.  This is a prestigious platform for anyone to speak from, but for a kid from Cleveland Heights, this is a special honor, and I’m humbled to stand here.  And, if the prestige of the podium wasn’t daunting enough, my father, who is here today, told me that he has heard two people speak at the City Club in his lifetime – Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy.  No pressure, Dad.

 

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What Mandela Meant to Me

mandela2__medium.jpgThe outpouring of grief and tribute over the past two weeks showed that Nelson Mandela inspired and influenced multiple generations of people across the world.  Personally, I was moved to learn how many people I know and respect trace their political roots to the struggle of Nelson Mandela and the South African people for freedom, justice, and equality.


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Santa’s Movers and Shakers: Hope for the Holidays?

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‘Tis the season to be jolly. Or maybe not so much.

Despite the fact that the unemployment rate has dropped to 7%, there are still millions facing financial hardships during this holiday season. From picking up food items at the local food bank to relying on Toys for Tots to provide that single gift to their child, American families are still hurting. Not to mention the 11 million undocumented Americans living each day in an emotional limbo due to their pending statuses, and the 18 million Americans hoping for a hike in the federal minimum wage to provide them with more purchasing power and security.

 

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Democrats Can Win Back the House, By Fixing It

capitol_bldg_small2__medium.pngThe best part of my Thanksgiving weekend was sitting around the table with family debating the upcoming NCAA national championship game. I have to admit, I love talking with my brother -- a lifelong Buckeye – who is always optimistic that Ohio State can go all the way. Then there’s my father – a lifelong Alabama fan – that regularly reminds everyone that “It’s unlikely for the Bucks to beat ‘Bama if they play each other.” However, in sports (as well as politics) you can never be certain of the results until after the game. That’s why they play the game.

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Enjoying Thanksgiving Day with the Modern Day Cowboys

dallascowboys__medium.jpgHopefully, you are reading this while sprawled on a comfy couch after enjoying a delicious Thanksgiving feast and just before turning on the TV to catch the Dallas Cowboys football game.  To pass the time, let’s play word association.  I say Texas, you think ____?  If you said, “the state that is exceeded only by California and Florida in the number of votes cast for Barack Obama in 2012 (3.3 million),” then you understand the Lone Star state better than most.


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Hillary 2016

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Has Hillary Clinton already clinched the Democratic nomination for President in 2016?  Can Senator Elizabeth Warren – or anyone else – snatch the prize away?  Will Hillary be America’s first female President?  Probably, unlikely, and more likely than not.  Here’s our take.

 

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Peace in the Hood, Power at the Polls

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I was recently robbed at gunpoint.  That experience has raised many personal and political questions.  Progressives believe that every person deserves to be safe and protected in his or her community. But as the violent crime and robbery rates skyrocket across the country, can we craft an inspired policy agenda driven by politicians with the heart and will to stop the cycle of violence?


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ChristieCrat Politics and Conflicting Loyalties

o-chris-christie-570__medium.jpgPundits across the country are in full speculation mode that Chris Christie’s re-election may illuminate the path for Republicans to recapture the White House in 2016.  Having been deeply involved in New Jersey elections for the past year, we talked to our colleagues on the ground to get their take on just what the Christie win really means.

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Democracy Denied

Carefully studying the 2012 voter turnout numbers has made me feel so empowered. I had a chance to analyze the results from the Census Bureau’s November Voting and Registration Supplement, and here are the numbers that stood out to me.

Voter Turnout in 2012

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Comparison of Turnout
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Peace in the 'Hood, Power at the Polls Event

PowerPAC+ hosted a event yesterday to discuss the policies and leadership needed to address community violence. Special guests included Gloria Totten of Progressive Majority, Steve Phillips, PowerPAC+ founder, and Aimee Allison, PowerPAC+ Board Member. Below are some of our photos from the event. More in the blog about the event and issue.

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