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What Happens After the Kool Aid Wears Off

by Biko Baker 2008-07-08 16:20

In ten years historians will look back on this week and declare that it is was a ground breaking week for Barack Obama. And nope, it won’t be because the junior senator from Illinois picked a running mate or because “Young Berry” delivered another one of his trademark speeches. This week was important because for the first time it became clear to many of his die hard supporters that Barack Obama might not be all that progressive. read more...


So far, no eternal hellfire...

by Sam Dorman 2008-07-07 13:36

So I'm sure you heard. The good state of California is now performing same-sex marriages, after the state's Supreme Court struck down a state ban in May. Well, I'm happy to report back to those around the world who might have been concerned about us here in California: So far as i can tell -- contrary to the dire predictions we may have heard -- the earth has not yet opened up and swallowed the whole state into a pit of eternal hellfire. Which is great, because honestly I'm not that into hellfire. Hellfire seems totally uncool. read more...


Compassion for Whom?

by Kip Williams 2008-04-16 15:29

Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama crossed paths recently at Messiah College in Grantham, Pennsylvania, for a "Compassion Forum." They were there to be called to task by people of faith on issues like climate change, human rights and torture, poverty, genocide in Darfur, and the AIDS crisis. Just think about that - it's a brilliant progressive strategy to reclaim the religious narrative about politics that's been obsessed with abortion and homosexuality for far too long. read more...


How to actually support our troops

by Jeff French 2008-04-09 14:56

So we have passed the five year mark and pushed into the sixth year of our war in Iraq. It is something that many of you will agree is a horribly botched situation, for so many reasons. We have lost almost four and a half thousand US soldiers and needlessly taken the lives of close to one million Iraqis thus far. Despite the administration's relentless attempts to project positive progress along with the media's disgusting complacency in spinning the story, the situation continues to deteriorate. read more...


EAC Council Meeting Sets the Standard

by Mikhail Pappas 2008-02-15 17:08

I totally over-packed for the Energy Action Coalition (EAC) Council meeting. The extra pair of shoes, the just-in-case dress shirt and slacks, and more than 2 pair of draws for a 4-day stay in The Bay with EAC proved that I had very little idea of what exactly I was getting into. Energy Action Coalition is best known to the League for hosting Power Shift 2007 -- the youth summit on climate change that brought 6,000 students from 50 states, Canada, and Puerto Rico to the University of Maryland to build, chill, rally, and lobby the Feds on climate change. I was there too, actually, and witnessed one of the most ridiculous things I have ever seen -- a 3 AM spoken work/ballroom dancing battle in the College Park, MD IHOP parking lot. Needless to say, it's never anything short of ground breaking when EAC is involved. read more...


Hope For A New Generation

by Biko Baker 2008-02-03 23:55

Can Obama ever connect with voters of color as much as Jesse Jackson did and stay 'electable' at the same time? read more...


Why I’m voting on Super Tuesday

by Hakim Bellamy 2008-02-02 01:05

My son was born in November of 2007, and that was certainly the most monumental event to ever happen in any November for me. And as my son approaches his first birthday this year, our Nation’s count down to a new commander-in-chief will be drawing to a close. This got me thinking… read more...


Election 08: What's Great and What We're Getting Wrong, Time and Again...

by Jenna Vendil 2008-01-14 20:50

Election time always makes me feel like it's Christmas: I can hardly wait to find out who's going to take over the White House on Election Day. There's so much preparation that must be done ahead of time: you have to research the candidate platforms, banter with your friend about their candidate of choice while you watch debates, and get real excited (or horrified) at media coverage of candidate responses. read more...


The party only just began...

by Sam Dorman 2008-01-10 00:19

I was on a radio show the other day talking about the youth voter turnout in the primaries, and the question came up of whether young voters have now "arrived". There was something that felt odd about it. Of course I'm glad that young people are finally getting the positive news coverage they deserve about increasing participation in elections. But why did it feel like it didn't barely begin to describe what we're doing at the League? read more...


Iowa: Young People Just Made History

by Kristina Rizga 2008-01-04 17:44

The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE) just compiled the youth turnout numbers in Iowa from three sources --, Washington Post and The New York Times -- and they are astounding. read more...


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