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Latino activists join with marriage activists: Will it work?

The kerfuffle concerning undocumented immigrants and legalizing same-sex marriage are usually competing and unresolved hot-button issues for voters heading toward the ballot box. Immigration advocates and LGBTQ rights groups have long tried to get its constituencies working together. Historically, the efforts have been abysmal. But there are organizations like Casa de Maryland, a community organization advocating for undocumented immigrants that has formed an alliance with Equality Maryland and the Latino GLBT History Project.  


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From Selma, Alabama to Minneapolis

MPS superintendent reflects on voting rights, proposed voter ID amendment

By Alleen Brown

Contributing Writer


At a recent anti-voter ID amendment rally, Minneapolis Public Schools Supt. Bernadeia Johnson spoke to the crowd about her family’s fight for voter rights in Selma, Alabama, in the 1960s. Although she can’t speak for the district, Johnson is decidedly anti-amendment, and her growing-up years in the heart of the voting rights movement in tiny Selma, Alabama, get the credit for her stance. The Twin Cities Daily Planet (DP) sat down with Johnson (BJ) to talk about growing up in Selma and about what she thinks about Minnesota’s proposed voter ID amendment.  To read more about this story, pick up a copy of the MSR newspaper:


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Leading GOP candidates lack connections to Blacks



By Dennis B. Rogers

Guest Commentator


The race for the United States presidency is on. As of Tuesday, January 4, 2012, the results of the Republican Presidential Primary are in. The Iowa Caucus has concluded, and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney edged out U.S. Senator Rick Santorum by eight votes. According to Iowa poll data, Romney got 30,015 votes (24.6 percent), Santorum received 30,007 votes (24.5 percent), Ron Paul received 26,219 votes (21.4 percent), Newt Gingrich received 16,251 votes (13.3 percent), and Rick Perry received 12,604 votes (10.3 percent). When considering the probable winner, one should note that in the history of America’s 44 presidents only 12 have been elected who were not U.S. Senators, governors or vice presidents. Continue Reading →

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