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October 30th, 2014
Written by Luis Alonso Lugo in Common Ties That Bind, Race Relations with 2 Comments
In this Aug. 28, 2014 file photo, California state Sen. Norma Torres, D-Pomona, poses in the Senate Chambers at the Capitol in Sacramento. Torres, a first-time candidate for Congress, tells voters there is no more critical time to vote than now _ even as she accepts that “great disillusion” might prompt many Hispanic voters to sit this non-presidential midterm election out.
Hispanics are being urged to vote in the November Mid-Term elections next week to send a clear message to Washington that this large minority group cannot be ignored. First-time congressional candidate Norma Torres tells people in her Los Angeles-area district that there is no more critical time to vote than now, even as she acknowledges "great disillusion" may cause many Hispanics to sit out...
October 24th, 2014
Written by Nedra Pickler - Associated Press in Common Ties That Bind, Race Relations with 0 Comments
In this Oct. 20, 2104 file photo, President Barack Obama votes early for the midterm election at the Dr. Martin Luther King Community Service Center in Chicago. President Barack Obama is hitting the black radio airwaves to plead for midterm votes.
Blacks turning out to vote in the November elections will be critical in determining the outcomes in many races, especially the heavily contested ones in the U. S. Senate and Congress, and President Barack Obama is turning to black radio listeners to plead for midterm votes, It is a targeted approach to drum up Democratic support at a time when many candidates don't want him around in person....
October 20th, 2014
Written by Mike Schneider - Associated Press in Common Ties That Bind, National Collegiate Dialogue, Race Relations with 21 Comments
Is "Stand Your Ground" laws a license, an excuse to use force or to kill?
Who benefits from "Stand Your Ground" laws and statutes? "Stand your ground" statutes benefit whites more than blacks, are unnecessary and cause minority men to live in fear, several experts said Friday to the U.S. Civil Rights Commission as it evaluates racial disparities in the laws. But one dissenter, an African-American lawmaker from South Carolina, said the law benefits black defendants by...
October 16th, 2014
Written by The Associated Press in Common Ties That Bind, Race Relations with 0 Comments
Blacks have historically been arrested at a higher rate than whites for the same or lesser drug offenses.
Racial justice and legalizing marijuana should be a part of the same discussion as states continue to grapple with the issue. A debate over legalizing marijuana in the U.S. capital is focusing on the comparatively large number of arrests of African-Americans on minor drug charges. The racial justice aspect of the campaign is one of many factors making the District of Columbia's pot legalization...
October 1st, 2014
Written by Ann Sanner in Common Ties That Bind, Race Relations with 0 Comments
In this Nov. 5, 2012, file photo, voters wait in line outside the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections in Cleveland on the final day of early voting. Early voting won't be starting in Ohio on Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, following an order from a divided U.S. Supreme Court that delayed it until next week.
Early voting delay in Ohio will hurt both Democrats and Republican alike, especially those in highly contested races. A delay in Ohio's early voting schedule appears to be felt most felt by candidates with political futures at stake and their constituents eager to cast their ballots as soon as possible. Democratic gubernatorial contender Ed FitzGerald and his running mate planned to vote early...


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