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Disability Representation Is Seriously Lacking In TV And Movies: Report

October 16, 2019 9:13 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

The culmination of a year of intensive research and meetings, this report highlights the scale of a problem that has been overlooked for far too long: Media’s failure to adequately represent the one-in-four Americans who live with disabilities. Ford Foundation Senior Fellow Judy Heumann methodically documents the evidence and consequences of this problem, and puts forth a radically simple argument: People with disabilities should be represented proportionally, both in front of and behind the camera. To get us closer to that goal, she offers a set of clear, practical recommendations for change. An easy-to-read/plain language version of this report is…

Millions of Black Voters Are Being Purged From Voter Rolls, Often Illegally: Report

August 1, 2018 7:21 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

By Michael Harriot for The Root As the end of Barack Obama’s presidency grew closer, election officials began preparing for the next election. Instead of strengthening the security of voting machines and making voting more accessible to citizens, states did the exact opposite. But they didn’t just make it harder to vote. For hundreds of thousands of registered, eligible voters across the nation, they made it impossible. Voter Purges (pdf), a new report by the Brennan Center, highlights the systematic purging of voters from rolls by state and local officials around the country. These are not random, isolated cases. It…

Lucy McBath for Georgia’s 6th Congressional District

June 27, 2018 1:43 am Published by Leave your thoughts

“I see voting rights as not only an issue for underprivileged communities and people of color, but also for women. With the implementation of onerous voting ID laws, certain women who change their names may not have access to cast their ballot. I’m proud to accept the endorsement of the All Women’s Progress Party because of their hard work and dedication to protecting voting rights throughout the country, especially as it pertains to women and social justice.” –Lucy McBath The AWP is proud to announce our endorsement of Lucy McBath for Georgia’s 6th congressional district. Lucy is a strong candidate…

Nuchhi Currier for Maryland’s 16th legislative district

June 13, 2018 8:48 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

The AWP is excited to announce our endorsement of Nuchhi Currier for Maryland’s 16th legislative district. Nuchhi Currier is the 6-term president of the Women’s National Democratic Club and has written policy both nationally and internationally. As an immigrant woman with business and policy experience Nuchhi Currier wants to bring diversity of all kinds to office. Nuchhi Currier is a strong advocate for reproductive rights, LGBTQ protections, gun reform, as well as education improvement and job growth. She is a strong candidate for Maryland and will represent her district well as a delegate. Website: Twitter: @Nuchhi4Delegate Donate Now

A guide to the 2018 midterm elections

June 7, 2018 9:23 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

From The elections held on Tuesday, November 6, are the first midterms under President Donald Trump, and the stakes for both parties are incredibly high. A fired up Democratic base threatens Republicans’ unified control of federal government — and the outcome could have lasting consequences for the remainder of President Trump’s presidency and his legacy. If Democrats do well and flip one or both chambers of Congress, they could slow down Trump and the Republicans’ legislative agenda — or open up serious investigations into Trump, his administration, and his associates. But if the GOP retains control of both chambers,…

Midterm Wave Watcher: Essential survey research insights on the 2018 midterm elections

June 7, 2018 9:11 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Morning Consult interviews registered voters across the country every day to gauge their opinions on their elected officials as well as whom they’re planning to vote for in the upcoming 2018 midterm elections for House and Senate. This data, based on hundreds of thousands of surveys conducted in all 50 states, will be released on a monthly basis heading into November. See the full methodology here, and explore the full results below. View Article

Zahra Suratwala for DuPage County Board, District 1 in Illinois

June 7, 2018 5:21 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

The AWP is pleased to endorse Zahra Suratwala for DuPage County Board, District 1 in Illinois. Zahra is a longtime resident of DuPage County who is passionate about improving the community. She is a strong supporter of reproductive rights, LGBTQ rights, and common sense gun laws. Zahra is committed to diversity and progress and will make a strong board member for DuPage Country.   “I am running because we need more diverse representation at all levels of government, and I plan to bring kindness common sense, empathy and determination to the job.” – Zahra Suratwala Website: Twitter:@ZahraSuratwala Donate Now

Brandy Brooks for Montgomery County Council At-Large in Maryland

April 24, 2018 9:37 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

The AWP is proud to announce our endorsement of Brandy Brooks for Montgomery County Council At-Large in Maryland. Brandy has a strong commitment to women’s rights, LGBT protections, gun sense measures, and voter enfranchisement. Brandy Brooks is running a diverse campaign looking to include and speak to marginalized communities in Montgomery County. Website: Twitter: @brandy4moco Donate Now

Here’s How Trump Is Rigging Democracy at the Voting Booth

April 24, 2018 9:33 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Go to MotherJones for more info: Today we’re launching a new Mother Jones video series explaining everything you need to know about efforts to undermine voting in America. We’ve covered this territory for years. In 2012, Kevin Drum detailed the GOP’s 10-year campaign to gin up voter fraud hysteria in an attempt to bring back Jim Crow at the ballot box. In 2015, Pema Levy investigated how Jeb Bush enlisted in Florida’s war on black voters when disenfranchised ex-felons asked him to restore their civil rights. But all this reporting now seems like a grim prelude to the real act:…

People Voted for Trump Because They Were Anxious, Not Poor

April 24, 2018 9:21 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

By Olga Khazan For the past 18 months, many political scientists have been seized by one question: Less-educated whites were President Trump’s most enthusiastic supporters. But why, exactly? Was their vote some sort of cri de coeur about a changing economy that had left them behind? Or was the motivating sentiment something more complex and, frankly, something harder for policy makers to address? After analyzing in-depth survey data from 2012 and 2016, the University of Pennsylvania political scientist Diana C. Mutz argues that it’s the latter. In a new article in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, she…

Trump Administration Creates Census Crisis With Move to Suppress Immigrant Responses

March 27, 2018 4:51 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

By Ari Berman for MotherJones The 2020 census will include a question about US citizenship for the first time since 1950, the Commerce Department announced Monday night. Civil rights groups say the question will massively depress responses from immigrants fearful of deportation and could sabotage the entire census. The move sets up a huge legal and political battle over one of the most important tasks mandated by the Constitution. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and former US Attorney General Eric Holder have already announced their intention to sue the Trump administration over the new question. Democratic members of Congress have…

Adding Citizenship Question Risks ‘Bad Count’ For 2020 Census, Experts Warn

March 27, 2018 4:45 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

By Hansi Lo Wang for NPR Every decade, the U.S. Census Bureau asks some personal questions for the national headcount required by the constitution. But since 1960, one topic that hasn’t come up for all U.S. residents is citizenship. The Trump administration is trying to change that with a Department of Justice request for a question about citizenship on the 2020 census. In a letter to the Census Bureau, first reported by ProPublica, a Justice Department official made the case for asking about citizenship. In order for the department to enforce the Voting Rights Act’s protections against racial discrimination in…