Politics

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Cornel West to Activists, Immigrants: Let's Dump The Democratic Party

“If a class-conscious multi-racial party attuned to anti-sexist, anti-homophobic and anti-militaristic issues and grounded in ecological commitments can reconfigure our citizenship, maybe our decaying democracy has a chance.”

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#TBT: 144 Years Since Reconstruction's Deadliest Massacre

White supremacist paramilitary members killed dozens of Black militia members in the 1873 Colfax Massacre.

A closeup of Constance Malcolm, a Black woman in a red shirt and black cap that reads "Don't Shoot"

[VIDEO] Constance Malcolm, Mother of Police Slaying Victim Ramarley Graham, Talks About Her Family's Battle for Justice

Ramarley Graham should be celebrating his 24th birthday today. But in 2012, NYPD officers kicked in the door of his Bronx apartment and fatally shot the unarmed 18-year-old. In honor of his memory, his mom, Constance Malcolm, spoke to Colorlines about her family's five-year fight for answers.

A child wears a slogan on his jacket during a rally against a ban on Muslim immigration at San Francisco International Airport on January 28, 2017, in San Francisco, California.

ACLU Files 13 Lawsuits Against Government Related to Travel Ban

The suits demand records from U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Department of Homeland Security.

Red, white and blue handmade sign says, "Vote."

Judge Rules—Again—That Texas Voter ID Law is Intentionally Discriminatory

The legislators who created SB 14 wanted to keep Black and Latinx voters away from the polls.

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Hasan Minhaj to Headline Trump-less White House Correspondents Dinner

The comedian and "The Daily Show with Trevor Noah" star is the first South Asian American to host the annual dinner. 

After Changing the Rules of Engagement, Senate Republicans Vote Neil Gorsuch Onto the U.S. Supreme Court

Racial justice, women's rights and LGBTQ organizations react to the confirmation of the 113th justice with alarm.

In a New Memoir, Dr. Willie Parker Pushes for a 'New Theology of Abortion'

In "Life's Work," abortion provider, activist and Christian Willie Parker takes a bold stance on the moral imperative for safe and legal abortion.

Representative Tulsi Gabbard, President Donald Trump, Representative Sheila Jackson Lee

Trump Launches Missiles at Syria, Legislators of Color Respond

Representative Tulsi Gabbard: “Trump’s military strikes in Syria are reckless and short-sighted.”

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MLK's Revolutionary Speech, 'Beyond Vietnam' Turned 50. Here's How It's Relevant to Our Current Crazy

April 4 is significant for two reasons: On April 4, 1967 we see the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King making his first antiwar speech, "Beyond Vietnam." On April 4, 1968, King is assassinated. We talked to veteran activist and King scholar Rev. Osagyefo Sekou about what that speech means today. and why King's legacy cannot be reduced to "I Have a Dream."

Then EPA's logo is displayed on a door at its headquarters on March 16, 2017, in Washington, D.C. President Donald Trump's proposed budget for 2018 seeks to cut the EPA's budget by 31 percent from $8.1 billion to $5.7 billion.

EPA Set to Lose Key Prevention Programs Under Budget Cuts

According to a leaked internal budget memo, hundreds of jobs will also be cut.  

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Judge Denies Motion to Dismiss Case Against Trump For Inciting Violence at Rally

The lawsuit will continue in federal court.

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New Tool Helps Activists Take Resistance to State Capitols

OurStates aims to help communities advocate for their rights at the state level.

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Progressive Religious Leaders Say They're Seeing a Post-Trump Bump in Spiritual Engagement

Special services, multi-faith conference calls and events such as tomorrow's Black Lives Matter-sponsored #SacredResistance day of action points to a newfound willingness of political progressives to use their faith as a tool for resistance.

Energy Department Secretary Rick Perry arrives to a joint Congress session with President Donald Trump on February 28, 2017, in Washington, DC.

Energy Department Allegedly Bans Use of 'Climate Change' In Its Written Communication

Staff can also not text, type or jot down "Paris Agreement," according to sources who spoke with POLITICO.

 Black Thunder Mine, one of the world's largest coal mines where much of the coal is federally owned.

Tribal and Environmental Groups Sue Administration for Lifting Coal Leasing Ban

Jenny Harbine, lead attorney on case: “No one voted to pollute our public lands, air or drinking water in the last election.”

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W. Kamau Bell Talks Surprising Success of 'Politically Re-Active' Podcast, Season 2 Return

Bell and Hari Kondabolu just brought their politics-and-humor podcast back for a second season. We caught up with Bell to discuss what to expect this time around.

An ebony statue of the side view of a Black woman with an afro and other pieces of art sit on a stand across from pedestrians walking along New York City's Highline.

Despite Its Reputation for Elitism, Artists of Color Say the National Endowment for the Arts is Worth Saving

If passed, Trump's "America First" budget will eliminate the National Endowment for the Arts. How will this affect already-marginalized artists of color?

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HBCUs Prepare for Day of Action on Capitol Hill

“We’re here to make sure our elected officials see and feel the importance of HBCUs—and we’re here to hold them accountable for their support.”

President Donald Trump speaks about his Energy Independence Executive Order on March 28, 2017, at EPA headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Trump Signs Executive Order to Repeal Clean Power Plan

This is an early step in what will likely be an uphill battle between the administration and environmental groups.