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.]
One 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).Read more
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.Read more
PowerPAC+'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).
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:
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Check this blog throughout the weekend for live updates, videos and posts as we work to create long-lasting change in Ferguson, Missouri.
Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream Speech” from 1963 means so much to us as a nation that we almost forget he was notthe only speaker at the March on Washington.
Today, on the 51st anniversary of the March on Washington, we're taking a look back at its lesser-known speeches. From the events in Ferguson to ongoing battles for higher wages and equal education, these words from our nation’s most iconic civil rights march speak to the work that remains to be done today.
Ninety-four years after the passage of the 19th Amendment, working women in America are making the most of their hard-won right to vote. Women are now seen as a decisive voting bloc in elections at every level, and for good reason - women have voted in higher numbers than men in every presidential selection since 1960. In 2012, male voters alone would have decisively selected Mitt Romney, but were outvoted by women.
Women are clearly engaged in the political process, which begs the question – why don’t we have more women in office? In 2014, the stats on women in public office remain disturbingly low:
Women hold just 18.5% of total seats in Congress.
Four states (Delaware, Iowa, Mississippi, and Vermont) have never sent a woman to either the House or the Senate.
Women account for 22.5% of statewide elective executive offices, with only 5 women in governor’s mansions nationwide.
24.2% of state legislators are women. (This number has actually quintupled since the 70s).
The gap is even larger for women of color: only 5% of seats in Congress are held by women of color, almost all of them in the House. Mazie Hirono is the only woman currently sitting in the Senate, and we have not had a Latina Senator to date.
Source: Center for American Women in Politics
The protests and brutal police response to the police killing of young Michael Brown have sparked a movement. This video says it all.Read more
When black community members confronted Ferguson Mayor James Knowles III after the tragic killing of unarmed teenager Michael Brown on August 9th, it became increasingly clear that there has to be electoral change in Ferguson. Now is the time to invest in local leaders and build civic engagement in Ferguson – and in all the “Fergusons” across the nation. As a movement, we have rallied to recognize Ferguson’s pain. Will we rally to change it?
Here are some concrete steps for a better political future in Ferguson:Read more
The story of the officer killing unarmed teen Mike Brown in Ferguson, Missouri feels like déjà vu. We’ve seen this pattern before in Sanford, Florida; Monterey Park, California; Calumet City, Illinois; Dotham, Alabama; Galveston, Texas; Little Rock, Arkansas; Los Angeles, California; Jackson, Mississippi; Dayton, Ohio; and Staten Island, New York.
The cycle is like this:
Young unarmed black man or boy is shot by police. Police protected by authorities. Parents and community cry out for justice. Protests ensue. Police from the surrounding area converge on protesters with riot gear and tear gas. Victim is vilified. Heavy handed police state tactics garner national and international attention. Case is absorbed into courts and long investigations. When the case reemerges, nothing decisive is determined.
And so it goes. We can take strategic, concrete action now to end this pattern.