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UPDATE: Shortly after the election, several voting rights advocacy groups released reports or statements detailing problems voters encountered at the polls. Demos put out a report describing how all the various voter suppression tactics affected the 2012 election. The American Civil Liberties Union issued a statement addressing the problems voters faced and the steps that should be taken to prevent future problems. Project Vote also released a statement praising diligent voters for overcoming adverse voting circumstances.
Despite the concerted efforts by conservative legislators to suppress voters’ rights throughout 2011 and 2012 using a number of tactics in the supposed interest to combat voter fraud, millions of Americans took time last week to cast their vote on Election Day. However, a number of problems for voters still occurred, shedding light on some obvious inadequacies within our voting process.
This morning I joined other PFAWF and PFAW interns and staff in front of the Supreme Court in support of the Affordable Care Act. Progressives, tea partiers, anti-choice, and women’s groups alike gathered in the DC heat to voice their opinions on the ACA.
Earlier this semester, a few guys got together to form a university recognized organization now known as the GW Veterans. This year we have been featured in several articles, the most recent is immediately below (Veterans Day) and our previous event Ask a Veteran's Forum was featured on MTV, CNN, and the Pentagon Channel. I share with you these articles to keep you posted on our progr
I just moved to New York City. I never thought I would be saying those words but that's the truth- I did just move to New York City, the Big Apple, the home of about 16 million people, the city with the most languages being spoken at any given moment in the U.S. I was about to call one of the trains I was getting on recently the yellow line, and someone said whatever you do- don't call it the yellow line because you're from DC and that's what they do there. I heard that and I thought about the last conversation I had about the train lines in DC.
I thought this might be of interest to
peeps in the DC area. IIt is important that we all understand the
importance of safe sex. AIDS is now an epidemic in the African-American
community. We all need to become more aware of our surroundings, who we
pledge our allegiance to in regard to love-relationships, and
protecting our lives.--kYm
AIDS and Black Youth
By Brittany Hutson�SeeingBlack.com Contributing Writer
Apr 11, 2008, 10:48
This morning two hundred fellows convened in the auditorium of the NEA building. The energy was high and in full force for the Young People For National Summit. Iara Peng, Executive Director opened up the session with reminding fellows that this is, “Your Summit!”
In a recent survey conducted by DC Vote , over 80% of polled citizens were not aware that DC residents do not have equal constitutional rights, including a vote in congress.
Today, the Senate Committee on Homeland Security voted 9-1 on the DC Voting Rights Act in favor of granting DC its first-ever voting member of Congress. All the Democrats on the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs voted in favor of the bill (S. 1257). They were joined by three key Republicans: Senators Susan Collins (ME), Norm Coleman (MN) and George Voinovich (OH).
Sometimes it's hard to step up and be a leader within your campus or community. We second-guess our skills and abilities, are confronted with a lack of resources, and continually struggle within our groups to decide how best to make our world a better place.
This is a problem that all leaders, be they young or old have had to face. I once read a quote from the great leader and former president Abraham Lincoln that went " I have been driven many times to my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere to go. My own wisdom, and that of all about me, seemed insufficient for the day." Feelings of helplessness and isolation afflict the best of us from time to time and perhaps that's one of the reasons why it feels so cathartic to be here at the YP4 summit.
It may be stormy, but things never cool off here in DC in the summer.
Congress is in recess, but they're giving us plenty to work on.