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Here’s how Nsé Ufot and the New Georgia Project are fighting the state GOPs’ latest attempt to suppress Black and Brown voters

“Nsé Ufot has been fighting efforts like this to suppress Democratic and, in particular, minority voter turnout since 2014, when she became CEO of the New Georgia Project, a nonpartisan organization focused on registering Georgians to vote and helping them be engaged in the civic process. The group was prolific during the 2020 election, knocking on 2 million doors, making more than 7 million phone calls, and sending about 4 million texts. Their efforts paid off: The organization helped add more than half a million young people and people of color to Georgia’s voter rolls.” — Andrea González-Ramírez

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Black voters took control of the state in the recent Senate elections. Now the backlash has arrived.

“This is how whiteness fights back. Not through fair elections or reimagined policies that work best for the most people, but through anti-Blackness. Violence. Misinformation. Authoritarianism. It’s been the recipe for suppression for so long that it’s as exhausting as it is painful. This is how the rest of the South maintained its redness despite the actual makeup of its states’ respective populations. This is how they think they will win.

But if these last few months — and the decades and centuries that preceded them — have shown us, it’s that we will always find a way to overcome…


Here’s what the Southern Poverty Law Center had to say about the Biden-Harris win

Celebration over Biden’s win.
Celebration over Biden’s win.
People react as media announce that Democratic Party nominee Joe Biden has won the 2020 U.S. presidential election during a rally for a fair vote count in McPherson Square. Photo: Yegor Aleyev/TASS/Getty Images

Several organizations sent out messages about the Biden-Harris win for the 2020 United States presidential election. The SPLC, however, specifically called out the White supremacy stoked by the presidency and what needs to happen to temper it as the nation looks to new leadership in 2021.

Here is the full statement provided by SPLC president and CEO Margaret Huang:

The American people have spoken and they have chosen their new president. By turning out in record numbers for this historic election, voters have given us so much hope for the future of our country. …


Despite the Covid-19 risk, it was worth it

A poll worker at Mitchell Community Center on November 3, 2020 in the Bronx, New York City. Photo: David Dee Delgado/Getty Images

If it wasn’t Election Day, Jokon Brown-Hart would’ve spent her hours at her job at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. But election season has brought her here, to South Philly’s Wharton Square Park on a cool November Tuesday.

Presidential elections under the best of circumstances have their difficulties. From broken machines to campaign shenanigans, ensuring an election is conducted fairly takes a lot of effort.

But thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic, another difficulty was added to Election 2020: How to replace aging poll workers who, due to fears of contracting the coronavirus, decided to sit this year out. …


Black fraternities and sororities are showing up and out

Members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority dance during an early voting mobilization event at the Central Florida Fairgrounds on October 19, 2020 in Orlando, Florida. Photo: Octavio Jones/Getty Images

Perhaps you’ve already seen the image below, or you already know about the nation’s historically Black sororities and fraternities and their role in U.S. elections.

If not, here are the CliffsNotes. These organizations extend well beyond college and maintain public service, scholarship, and political action as cornerstone qualities. So it’s no surprise that the hashtag #StrolltothePolls exploded this election season.

As Candice Benbow writes in ZORA:

“Many believe the surge of support from Black Greek-letter sororities is rooted in the historic nature of Sen. Kamala Harris’ vice-presidential nomination and the fact that she is a member of Alpha Kappa…


Election 2020

People line up to vote at Desert Breeze Community Center on November 3, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images

This Is How We Vote

A record number of Americans voted early for the 2020 Presidential Election, so it was no surprise that on Election Day, in several locations, crowds were manageable and the balloting appeared to be going fairly smoothly. In Washington DC, the short lines made headlines in the Washington Post. In Chicago, many polling places seemed downright empty as voters were able to walk in and out, in some instances, in 15 minutes flat. In smaller towns, however, anecdotal evidence suggests that lines were slightly longer.

Regardless, In D.C. alone more than 5 million people voted early. Nationwide early votes approached 100…


Removing myself from the process wasn’t an act of defiance. It was just the absence of conviction.

“It wasn’t until I met friends in politics that I could grasp the big picture and realize that my perspective on elections had been skewed from the start. For most of my adult life, my interest in politics had been limited to the national election: the big game, the show. My mailbox would overflow with flyers for local politicians and seats up for grabs, and I’d toss them out before I even made it to my door. In sports, this would be the equivalent of doing nothing on offense the whole game, only to toss up a Hail Mary with…


Five first-time voters tell us the role casting a ballot plays in crafting the world they want to see

A volunteer shows the bar code that she gives to people to register to vote online at the Gen-Z Drive Up Voter Registration Event organized by BeWoke Vote on September 19, 2020 in Compton, California. Photo: Valerie Macon/Getty Images

If you’ve spent five minutes online or had at least one socially distanced conversation this year, two things became evident: This election is the most important in most people’s lifetimes, and the country hasn’t been this divided in decades.

But for young people whose political consciousness only began gaining traction in the shadows of President Donald Trump’s America and a global pandemic, the stakes are even graver.

Gen Z, those born between 1997 and 2012, make up 10% of eligible voters this election, up from 4% in 2016. Like generations prior, they’ve found their voices stifled by a political machine…


The single bloodiest day in modern American political history that you’ve probably never heard about

Black Americans, led by Reverend Martin Luther King Jr., line up in front of the Dallas County Courthouse in Selma, Alabama, to register to vote in 1965. Photo: Bettmann/Getty Images

100 years ago on November 2, 1920, countless Black Americans were terrorized and murdered simply for trying to exercise their right to vote.

Mose Norman and Julius “July” Perry were two prosperous Black landowners in Ocoee, Florida, a rural city located in Orange County. They led local voter registration efforts in the weeks leading up to the election. However, when Norman turned up to the polls to cast his ballot, he was repeatedly forced away by a violent white mob.

The mob, accompanied by the Ku Klux Klan, White WWI veterans, and reinforcements from the county, then invaded July Perry’s…

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