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DNC Invests $1.2 Million in Turning Out People of Color in November

DNC Invests $1.2 Million in Turning Out People of Color in November

The DNC is investing $1.2 million to hire community organizers targeting Black, Latino, Asian American, Millennial, and rural voters. The plan, split across 16 states, also introduces a new database that seeks to identify 25 million likely Democratic voters who are currently unregistered and seemingly removed from the political process. Party insiders say it is likely the largest and most comprehensive effort ever to motivate minority voters in a midterm election year. “We are investing in our base communities, which are the heart of the Democratic Party, and putting organizers on the ground across the country because we know that’s the only way we’ll win,” said DNC Chair Tom Pérez. The plan will focus on mobilizing minority communities in Midwestern urban centers such as Milwaukee, Detroit, and St. Louis, which have sizable Black populations. Latino and Asian American communities will be the primary targets of organizing in the West and Southwest, and in the New England states of Maine and New Hampshire, Democrats will prioritize Millennial voters. “In certain times, the party has retreated from communities of color, but I think that page is now turned,” said President of the Latino Victory Fund Cristóbal Alex. Meanwhile, the RNC says they have hosted hundreds of events nationwide in an effort to pitch conservative policies such as the tax cut legislation and school choice to minority audiences. More here.

Charlamagne Tha God Heads to HBO

Charlamagne Tha God Heads to HBO

Harvard’s Shorenstein Center Taps Setti Warren as Executive Director 

Harvard’s Shorenstein Center Taps Setti Warren as Executive Director