While working families and the people as a whole scored a major victory by electing Barack Obama and claiming larger majorities in Congress on Nov. 4th, several states hammered the rights and equality of LGBT people.
CHICAGO — With the nation and world watching, lights sparkled across Grant Park on Election Night as more than 240,000 Americans of all races and backgrounds gathered to hear President-elect Barack Obama call on them to “join in the work of remaking this nation the only way it's been done in America for 221 years — block by block, brick by brick, calloused hand by calloused hand.”
Full text of Barack Obama's speech November 4, 2008 If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible; who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time; who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer.
Well, the pundits were wrong. White voters didn't change their minds in the voting booth. Barack Obama's victory proves that some analysts gave too much weight to race, not only in gauging today's opinions but also in judging how the American people's attitudes have been taking shape for decades.
On Nov. 4, 2008, it happened — Barack Obama became our first African American president. What an historic moment this is. A nation that held people of African descent in bondage for 300 years and denied them rights of citizenship under Jim Crow for a century more has elected a Black president. It doesn’t get any more historic than that.
RICHMOND, Va. — Members of more than a dozen AFL-CIO unions packed the Communications Workers Local 2201 union hall here, Nov. 2, divided up into 30 teams and fanned out across north Richmond to get out the vote for Barack Obama.
Barack Obama has correctly reminded his supporters and staff not to get cocky, to remember the lessons of his New Hampshire primary loss. Nothing can be taken for granted, especially in the era of Republican voter suppression efforts, scurrilous robo-calls, and escalating ultra-right racism and desperation.
QUEENS, N.Y. — A major shift in the politics of New York state may be under way, and a local state senate race here may play a big part.
WASHINGTON (PAI)—New media, led by Internet phenomena such as YouTube, blogs, e-mails and Twitter, are having a profound impact on the nation’s political dialogue, a panel convened Oct. 23 by the League of Women Voters says.