Once the dust settles on the Presidential race, Georgia will become the center of the American political universe for the rest of 2020. With several Republican Senators holding on to their seats, Biden’s ability to get anything done in his first two years will likely hinge on the two Senate runoff races in Georgia. Thanks to the incredible work of Stacey Abrams and a host of grassroots organizers, Georgia went blue in a presidential race for the first time since 1992, and they will now be asked to deliver Georgia again to secure Democratic control of the Senate. With special…


Every time we go through a Supreme Court nomination process, I find myself thinking of the final court scene of The Hurricane. While the film’s re-telling of framed boxer Rubin Carter’s fight for freedom is dramatized, the scene captures the importance of having judges who understand that interpretation of law can’t be separated from the pursuit of justice. Judge H. Lee Sarokin recognized that the law stipulated he was supposed to throw out evidence proving Carter’s innocence because it had not first been presented to a state court, but then made the decision to free Carter anyways, remarking “To permit…


Trump didn’t hijack the Republican party, he just took the wheel and drove them where they were already going — and they were happy to accept the ride. After four years, most of the country wants off the Trump Train, and his unhinged behavior is making it hard for Republicans to make the case that he should stay in power. But Trump is not the future of the Republican party — He’s an unhealthy 74 year old who is incredibly unpopular, currently infected with a deadly virus, and likely to lose the upcoming election. Mike Pence has tethered and submitted…


Joe Biden and Strom Thurmond
Joe Biden and Strom Thurmond

“We must take back the streets” Joe Biden bellowed on the Senate floor in 1993 “And you take back the streets by more cops, more prisons…The Biden-Hatch crime bill, as it becomes law, god willing, I hope that we will have ended, once and for all, this notion that somehow Democrats are weak on crime.” Just six years earlier, George H.W. Bush had won a Presidential election by playing into racial fears with his Willie Horton ads, insinuating Democratic nominee Michael Dukakis couldn’t keep White Americans safe from Black predators. While running for President in 1992, Arkansas Governor Bill Clinton…


If the noise coming from Joe Biden’s presidential campaign sounds familiar, it might be because it echoes the message that we heard four years ago from Donald Trump. No, Biden is not using blatantly racist messaging to appeal to a rabid base of white voters who are aggrieved by the existence of a black president. Instead, Biden is selling voters on a mythical and glorious America that existed before Trump, and declaring himself as the only person who can return us to that noble past. While Trump’s MAGA declaration harkens back to the days of Jim Crow, when the KKK…


Updating our voting rights laws to become the shining Democracy we claim ourselves to be has a been a long road. For a long time, only white men who owned land were able to vote. By 1856, every state had changed its laws to allow landless white men to vote, but allowing women or people of color to vote still seemed like outrageous ideas. It’s easy to look back and criticize people from past generations for these discriminatory policies, but it’s much harder to recognize the injustices that we live through. The fight for universal voting rights continues to rage…


“When men oppress their fellow men, the oppressor ever finds, in the character of the oppressed, a full justification for the oppression.”

-Frederick Douglas

In 2017, answering to calls for the removal of a statue of Confederate General Robert E Lee in Virginia, a mob of white men marched through Charlottesville. Armed with guns, shields, sticks, and torches, and wearing swastikas, confederate flags, and MAGA hats, they chanted nazi slogans like “blood and soil” and “Jews will not replace us”. The demonstration quickly turned violent, culminating in a white nationalist driving his car into a crowd of counter-protestors. …

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