3:10 PM- Stocks are up across the board about 1%. Dow up around 190 points (+1.17%), NASDAQ up around 70 points (1.52%).
9:35 AM- The Dow Jones Industrial Average sits over 200 points above where it started as trading got off to a hot start on Wall Street. The rebound comes right after a rough Tuesday on the street where stocks lost over 400 points.
The NASDAQ is also up this morning- around 60 points (a 1.30 percent positive change).
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By Courtney Anderson
When South Carolina native Bakari Sellers was elected to the state’s General Assembly in 2006, he made history.
He was the one of the youngest people and the youngest black person to ever be elected to the position.
Sellers was 22, only a year or so out of Morehouse College.
Sellers was in elected office from 2006-2014.
And during those years, Sellers worked with the Obama campaign in 2008 and earned a law degree from the University of South Carolina.
It is a career path many politicians would hope to reach by the time they hit their 40s and 50s, and it is one that got Sellers a spot in TIME’s “40 under 40” a few years back.
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Now Sellers is no longer in the South Carolina General Assembly. In 2014, he ran for the Lieutenant Governor office, a race he alluded to in that same TIME article.
“I do love our lieutenant governor’s office. That would be a good window to look out of,” Sellers said in 2010. “And the governor has a nice house. But we’ll see.”
Sellers lost the race for lieutenant governor, a rare setback for one of the leading progressive voices in South Carolina.
Sellers again demonstrates how he’s different than many politicians: a loss like this would throw a wrench in most political plans.
But not for Sellers.
“I lost up, actually,” Sellers said in an interview with RISE NEWS.
Sellers still doesn’t have a particularly strict five-year or 10-year career path. He is all about using his career and positions to stand up for people he feels aren’t being heard.
“I think I have options,” Sellers said. “Right now, I’ve been able to give a voice to the voiceless.”
Standing up for the voiceless is in Sellers’s blood. His father, Cleveland Sellers, was a civil rights activist who is still dedicated to social justice. He is the younger Sellers’s inspiration.
“My father would say ‘History isn’t changed unless you push it,’” Sellers said. “And I rely on those life lessons every day.”
Family, Sellers said, is the one thing that has managed to stay consistent throughout his changing career.
His wife, Ellen Rucker Sellers, and their 11-year-old daughter, Kai Michelle, are always by his side.
Sellers and Rucker got married in the summer of 2015.
“They’ve always given me the courage to keep going,” Sellers said.
And Sellers has to keep going. He doesn’t have any time to waste.
He is an attorney at Strom Law Firm, and a member of the Democratic National Convention rules committee.
He recently argued for equal protection for unmarried same-sex couples under South Carolina’s criminal domestic violence laws. Sellers is also urging people to pay attention to criminal justice reform and issues of wealth distribution of black families in America.
When he is not dealing with all of the responsibilities of being an attorney, he is trying to keep up with the rapid twists and turns of the 2016 election.
“I have to keep up with the 24/7 news cycle because I’m a part of it now,” Sellers said.
Sellers is a commentator on CNN, which he is said is one of his most fun jobs. It has also put him in the national spotlight, next to luminaries like David Axelrod and Donna Brazile.
“That’s my family,” Sellers said. “That’s my daily.”
CNN isn’t the only place Sellers has visited. He has also appeared on the Steve Harvey Show and The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore.
He has even given an interview on The Breakfast Club national radio program, paying his good friend Charlamagne Tha God a visit. Not exactly the most common place to find a CNN contributor.
“We’re both trying to change the world in different veins,” Sellers said of Charlamagne. “We’re hoping to inspire someone to dream big, with their eyes open.”
So far so good for the 31 year old Sellers on that front.
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Democracy Spring: Hundreds Of Progressive Activists Start Sit In On Capitol Building Steps To Protest Money In Politics
UPDATED: 2:38 PM EST
Hundreds of progressive activists are currently sitting in on the steps of the United States Capitol building to protest the outsized influence of corporate money in American politics.
The movement called Democracy Spring is based on Moral Monday‘s, the religiously driven campaign that increased voter engagement and participation on a number of political issues.
Police have started arresting the peaceful protestors, who include The Young Turks founder Cenk Uygur.
— Alejandro Alvarez (@aletweetsnews) April 11, 2016
“It’s time to take mass nonviolent action on a historic scale to save our democracy,” a statement on the Democracy Spring website. “This April, in Washington, D.C., we will demand a Congress that will take immediate action to end the corruption of big money in our politics and ensure free and fair elections in which every American has an equal voice.”
— Jordan (@JordanChariton) April 11, 2016
According to the movement’s website, the campaign started on April 2nd with a “march from the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia” and it culminated today at the Capitol building.
— Cassandra Fairbanks (@CassandraRules) April 11, 2016
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Hey Americans, here’s something that we can be happy be about. It turns out that we aren’t the only wealthy democracy that has a hard time getting young people to show up to the polls and vote.
In Canada, youth rights activists are trying to drum up excitement for the next general election, which takes place on October 19.
At stake is the future of the country, as the Conservative Party hopes to maintain their 10 year lock on power.
During the last general election in 2011, less than 39 percent of young people aged 18 to 24 voted. At the same time however, 75 percent of people aged 65 to 74 voted in the race.
The group VoteSavvy thinks those numbers are all wrong and set out to dramatically increase youth turnout for the 2015 election.
They released this funny video explaining why young people shouldn’t let their parents make all important decisions in their lives, including in the dating and political spheres.
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