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15
Dec 2016

Second Chances, First Steps, Making Heroes

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This commentary, authored by founder and president Gwen McKinney, originally appeared on the Huffington Post. You can say Susan Burton has 20/20 vision. The lens is tinted in shades of trauma and triumph. It’s been 20 years outside and 20 inside California’s criminal justice system. While the decades between then and now break even, Burton,

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21
Nov 2016

Black Women Voting Bloc, Political Rock

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This post originally appeared on The Huffington Post. Now you have touched the women, you have struck a rock. Lessons abound in that battle cry of a multiracial band of women who locked arms against apartheid in 1956. Some 20,000-strong, they defied spouses, convention and the dangerous era, resisting and rising up until the walls

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11
Nov 2016

Racism Trumps Everything

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This post originally appeared on The Huffington Post. Latinos didn’t vote their interests. Blacks stayed home. Millennials failed to register. Too many progressives wasted their vote on third-party candidates. And the Obama coalition evaporated. Don’t take the bait for any of these flawed explanations about why Donald Trump scored his stunning upset over Hillary Clinton.

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