Mitt Romney had a tough week. He spent most of last week responding to the Mother Jones video of him talking to a crowd at a $50,000 a plate dinner about how nearly half of Americans are dependent on the government, among other things. A couple of days later, Romney was charged with dying his face brown, ahead of an appearance on Univision, in an effort to connect with Latino voters. This all seems incredibly absurd to me. Every last bit of it looks like the latest crappy movie from an SNL alum. Yet it is apparently real. So real that folks have spent a lot of time in the interim discussing whether or not the release of the Romney video has essentially toasted his bid for president. It seems that this most damning of revelations about the Republican nominee for president will be the iceberg that sinks this ship. Obama will be re-coronated and we can all stop threatening to move to Canada. This video is the latest smoking gun, the evidence that Democrats needed. It’s the proof that will either compel folks on the fence to trend BHO, convert conservatives or just proof that they are racist, stupid–or both.
In the face of voter ID laws that could potentially disenfranchise thousands of minority voters this November, black women in particular are at the forefront of voting rights advocacy across the country.
And the energy and enthusiasm was palpable at a political strategy session in Washington DC this week.
Black women have historically been a significant demographic for the Democratic Party.
60 years after Brown v. Board desegregated public schools, a new report reveals the obvious:
American schools are still largely segregated along racial and economic lines.
African American and Latino students are likely to attend schools with very few white students, and are more likely to attend schools where a majority of students come from low-income families.
After appearing on Univision this past week, Mitt Romney’s slightly bizarre appearance immediately got the internet talking.
His seemingly darker complexion got many wondering; did Romney purposefully darken his complexion in order to appeal to a Latino audience?
“While his orangey-brown appearance on Univision could have been the result of bad lighting or a makeup mishap, left-wing blog the Democratic Underground concluded that Romney “dyed his face brown for his Univision interview.”
E.E. Likhaya Lam means equal education is our home in Xhosa. This is now the title of a the CD I was able to record with 15 high school youth about how they came to join a movement, and sing to tell about it. Every time I hear the voices of these 15 young people I am inspired and encouraged for what it symbolically means for them to use to sing about their struggle for equality in the education system. But more important than the movement itself, is the process of bringing youth together for a common good. If equal education never actually achieves the title of its own name, what they have built would have been worth the time, money, sweat and effort. E.E. Likhaya Lam is more than a titled of a CD, it is testament to what it means to build of safe space for youth to learn, grow, and act collectively for a universal purpose.
In a remarkable about face, Atlanta-based fast food seller Chick-fil-A has decided to stop funding anti-gay organizations:
A lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender advocacy organization in Chicago says Chick-fil-A will cease donations to groups that oppose gay marriage.
About a week ago, I had initially been excited when Chicago’s downtown was aglow with a flush of red T-shirts as the district’s teachers went on strike again for the first time in 25 years. Finally, it had seemed that public education’s core issues had been launched onto the national stage. Questions pertaining to teacher evaluations and compensation, the importance of standardized tests, and the privatization of schools were now at stake as the media centered on the showdown between union president Karen Lewis and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Yet, unsurprisingly, now that tensions have abated and Chicago’s 350,000 students are back in the classrooms, I can’t help but be frustrated at the fact that this strike seemed to have amounted to nothing more than political cabaret. In the end, what has resulted are nothing more than tepid concessions that might appease teachers and the mayor, but still do very little for Chicago’s students, and most certainly do not adequately address the key issues facing education today.
The latest Pew poll gives President Obama an 8 point lead over GOP rival Mitt Romney.
This is Obama’s largest lead thus afar.
Specifically, the poll shows Obama ahead of Romney 51 to 43 percent among likely voters.
With the CTU Strike finally at an end after a nearly two week standoff, we’re left to wonder what its lasting legacy will be.
Many proponents of the strike hope that, as Union leader Karen Lewis now-famously asserted, “this Union has proven the Chicago labor movement is neither dormant nor dead.” Of course, it’s impact on a larger labor movement remains to be seen.
But as one Chicago educator’s open letter explains, the strike will at least stand as a lesson to Rahm Emanuel and anyone else that tries to use and abuse workers:
You can try; but be prepared for a fight.
Part of a larger grassroots campaign for peace, the event will feature a concert headlined by Chicago’s very own FM Supreme, and coincide with the release of her powerful new music video, “No Turning Back.”
As a proud partner for the event, The Black Youth Project will be on hand, and we want to see each and every one of you there as well!
It all goes down September 25 at the Shrine Chicago. Doors open at 7pm; the festivities get underway at 8.
Read on for event details and ticket information:
According to forensic experts, no traces of Trayvon Martin’s DNA were found on the handgun used to take his life.
George Zimmerman’s DNA was present on the gun.
This evidence could potential call into question Zimmerman’s assertion that he fired the fatal shot after Martin reached for his weapon.
In response to comedian D.L. Hughley’s indignation over the fact that he doesn’t vote, rapper Lupe Fiasco has issued a challenge:
Chicago rapper Lupe Fiasco used Twitter to respond to comments made by comedian D.L. Hughley over Lupe’s reluctance to participate in the upcoming presidential election. He attempted to reason and explain why President Obama needs key factors bigger than the Hip Hop community to achieve re-election.
“Obama need swing states and white people not radical rappers kissing his ass to win this election..,’ he tweeted September 17th.
President Obama responded to the leaked Mitt Romney video for the first time on David Letterman last night.
Responding to Romney’s accusations that Obama supporters think of themselves as victims and want government handouts, Obama asserted that he represents all Americans (not just 47%), and that Amercans in general do not see themselves as victims.
“‘There are not a lot of people out there who think they are victims’ or simply entitled, Obama said.
Joshua Adams, a self-described “producer-writer-hooper-rapper-poet-artist-dreamer-lover-fighter-thinker-prayer-AΦA-man,” took to his blog to discuss his feelings about his hometown, Chicago, rapper Chief Keef, and the violence in the city:
Neighborhoods, particularly on the south side (and some in the west side) of Chicago have erupted with youth violence. With death tolls increasing year by year, more kids have died in Chicago than US troops in Afghanistan. Seemingly every year, more and more Chicago Public School students have passed from shootings during the course of a school year (and we won’t even get into how the numbers skyrocket as soon as summer hits).
N.B.A. hall of famer and businessman Earvin “Magic” Johnson has opened an education center in downtown Atlanta to help youth who haven’t complete school or who are at risk of not finishing:
The Magic Johnson Bridgescape center helps give those who have left school, or are at risk of dropping out, the opportunity to earn a high school diploma. The program, which has just opened its doors, is free and accepts students aged 14 to 20 years old.