September 1, 2012 Just 2 percent of delegates at the Republican National Convention were black. That's higher than the percentage that supported Mitt Romney in a recent poll: 0. And getting blacks on board may prove especially hard for the GOP presidential candidate given the tone of some recent campaign ads and a wave of new voter ID laws.
July 8, 2012 The nation's oldest civil rights organization holds its annual convention in Houston this week. As in any election season, the group is putting energy into voting rights and voter turnout. But this year, the dramatically high rate of unemployment rate among African-Americans is also a key concern.
June 27, 2012 Chicago's leadership is considering a plan that would make adults caught with a small amount of marijuana subject to a fine instead of arrest. The idea is to use police more efficiently. But not all of the city's leaders agree. They'll discuss the rule Wednesday.
June 20, 2012 Teachers in the country's third-largest school district have voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike if the city and their union can't come to terms this summer. The vote is just the latest example of the gulf between teachers, Chicago school officials and Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
June 8, 2012 The NAACP recently took what was for some in the organization a controversial step, when it endorsed same-sex marriage. That move has now led some local officers around the country to resign — including the group's most outspoken critic of gay marriage.