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Georgia's Primary Election Meltdown

Georgia's Primary Election Meltdown

Photo credit: National Archives, USDA / cc The signs kept coming that Georgia’s June 9 primary would not go well. On the last day of early voting, the Friday before the election, Jon Ossoff, a Democratic U.S. Senate candidate, waited for more than three hours to vote...

Freedom Is Ours To Take: Join Us On Juneteenth

Freedom Is Ours To Take: Join Us On Juneteenth

Photo credit: Ted Eytan / Flickr / cc “Nobody can give you freedom. Nobody can give you equality or justice or anything. If you're a man (or woman), you take it.” - Malcolm X So much has changed in our nation’s Capital since my last Letter from D.C. That time of hope...

Education Secretary DeVos Is Using COVID To Get What She Wants

Education Secretary DeVos Is Using COVID To Get What She Wants

Photo credit: Gage Skidmore / Flickr / cc As American deaths from COVID-19 crested 100,000, the New York Times reported U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos declared her intention to “force” public school districts to spend a large portion of federal funds they’re...

Protesters for Black Lives Are America’s True Patriots

Protesters for Black Lives Are America’s True Patriots

Photo credit: Rosa Pineda / Wikimedia Commons / cc When demonstrations erupted across the country after George Floyd’s death at the hands of police officers, Donald Trump portrayed the protesters as America’s enemies. Trump called them “thugs,” “lowlifes” and...

Justice For George Floyd

Justice For George Floyd

Memorial to George Floyd in Minneapolis. Photo credit: Take Action Minnesota / cc First published by Take Action Minnesota on June 4, 2020 Today, George Floyd’s memorial was held in Minneapolis. The pain, rage, and grief across the Twin Cities is palpable. At the same...

Troops: Stand Down for Black Lives

Troops: Stand Down for Black Lives

An Open Letter from Veterans to Recently Activated National Guard Troops Attention Members of the National Guard, We write you as fellow veterans and service members with full knowledge of what’s at stake as many of you are being asked to mobilize against civilians in...

Can Democracy Survive Bill Barr?

Can Democracy Survive Bill Barr?

Photo credit: DOJ, Wikimedia Commons / cc Trump’s first national security adviser, General Michael Flynn, had a phone call with the Russian ambassador to the U.S., Sergey Kislyak, just after President Obama had imposed sanctions on Russia for interfering in the 2016...

Vote By Mail Is The Answer

Vote By Mail Is The Answer

For many Americans, vote-by-mail will be a matter of life and death come November. There will be no widely available vaccine by then, and even if an anti-viral medicine is proven broadly effective this summer, it would be difficult to manufacture a sufficient quantity...

GOP Resists Voting By Mail In Red States

GOP Resists Voting By Mail In Red States

Across America, election officials responsible for the details of running elections have a clear idea of what is needed to shift to mostly mail-in voting in upcoming spring, summer and fall elections to protect voters from the coronavirus. But pockets of conservatives...

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