Nov 6 17

I Don’t Get A Vote (Yet) – But You Do Virginians

Raunel Urquiza

Elections have consequences – for voters and non-voters alike. I learned that lesson when I was 16 years old . It was December 2010. Christmas was approaching, and I was in high spirits because I had saved enough money to get my mom a nice picture frame – the classic gift a young high schooler […]

Nov 6 17

Let’s keep Virginia (and our planet) blue

Laffon Brelland, Jr.

Where I live, climate change is not an abstract concept. Every year, my friends and neighbors in Virginia Beach face rising ocean tides, severe flooding and an aging infrastructure that does not have the capacity to deal with our changing climate. Climate change isn’t only a problem in Virginia Beach. Virginians up and down the […]

Nov 5 17

Lies and Fear Mongering: The Theme of John Adams’ Campaign

Raunel Urquiza

Virginians have a crucial choice to make on Tuesday. Not just for governor, but for Attorney General. And in the race between the current Democratic Attorney General, Mark Herring, or his race-baiting opponent John Adams, my money is on Herring. A few weeks ago, John Adams, the Republican candidate for Virginia’s next attorney general, was […]

Oct 27 17

As another Election Day approaches — a crucial one for Virginia — I can’t help but think back to November 8, 2016.

Jamilah Sabur

I was waiting in line to vote with my daughter, Jessica, who is now 12-years-old. I asked her how she felt about this historic day. Her reply has been imprinted in my memory ever since: “Someday, I’m going to vote for Manuel’s mom and everyone like them so they can stay in this country. I […]

Oct 11 17

The Fear of Injustice

Jamilah Sabur

Everyone has a story to tell. Some of us will survive to tell you, some of us will not. Some of us will become inspirational stories of survival, some will end in tragedy. Recently I was thinking about two stories, with a similar beginning and different endings. They are stories like those that happen to […]

Nov 1 16

I Was Undocumented But Now I’m A First-time Latino Voter

Thomas Kennedy

Originally published on The Huffington Post.  This summer, I became an American citizen. After living in this country as an undocumented immigrant for a decade, this moment represented the end of an arduous but significant chapter that has lasted for much of my life. My parents came to this country in 2001 during an economic […]

Oct 21 16

‘A ‘Nasty Woman,’ ‘The African American,’ and ‘A Bad Hombre’ Weigh in on the Final Presidential Debate

Community Change Action

Originally published on The Huffington Post.  Photo credit: screen grab of final presidential debate on Oct. 19, 2016. Photo credit: Bill B. via Flickr Creative Commons ‘Nasty woman’ is my generation’s new clarion cry By Angela Pupino There is a new clarion call for women across America: “Nasty woman.” When Donald Trump referred to Hillary […]

Oct 4 16

Donald Trump’s Cuban-American Problem

Thomas Kennedy

Photo credit: Jonathan DeCamps Originally published on The Huffington Post. Weeks before the presidential election, Donald Trump’s bid for the White House could be unraveling before our eyes. Revelation upon revelation continue to show Trump as a sketchy candidate whose candidacy we as Americans must question. Florida, as always, is one of the key states […]

Aug 30 16

Miami-Dade Elected Leaders Will Be Tested This November. But Will They Listen to the Wishes of the Voters?

Thomas Kennedy

Photo credits to Damian Gadal.  Originally published on the Huffington Post.  Miami Dade County has for too long been a place where money means political influence and this can be seen in the daily lives of people who make up this vibrant community. Developers have pushed out working class people as traditional Miami neighborhoods gentrify and […]

Aug 24 16

This November Beware of Florida’s Efforts to Suppress Your Vote

Thomas Kennedy

Photo credits to Sean McMenemy. Originally published on the Huffington Post.  Back in 2000, George W. Bush won Florida by a mere 537 votes, propelling him to victory over Al Gore and effectively making him the 43rd president of the United States. Although for years there have been questions of fraud regarding the recount of […]

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