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Lawmakers Respond To Democracy Spring Protests With Call For Hearings

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 04.21.2016 | Politics


Shelby County Won't Get $2 Million For Gutting The Voting Rights Act

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 01.25.2016 | Politics

This may be the end of the legal road for Shelby County, Alabama. The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined a request from the county to award it $2 m...

Answering the Supreme Court's Critics: The Court Should Do More, Not Less, to Enforce the Constitution

Evan Bernick | Posted 10.23.2015 | Politics
Evan Bernick

The Supreme Court is under attack. The Court is less popular that it has been in decades. Politicians have called for curbing the Court, proposing measures to strip the Court's jurisdiction and subject justices to periodic retention elections.

County That Gutted The Voting Rights Act Won't Be Paid For Its Effort

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 09.02.2015 | Politics

It's been more than two years since the Supreme Court dealt a major blow to the Voting Rights Act of 1965, and the case is still moving through the co...

Politics Be Damned! Voter Suppression Is Immoral

Byron Williams | Posted 09.02.2015 | Politics
Byron Williams

At one time in our history, it was Southern Democrats that led the voter suppression tactics ranging from poll taxes to violence against blacks. Today, it is now Republicans, who may be wary of expanding their base to remain competitive, that champion this unpatriotic maneuver.

50 Years Later, Let's Renew The Voting Rights Act

Page Gardner | Posted 08.06.2015 | Politics
Page Gardner

We stand with the President and other defenders of equality in urging protection of the Voting Rights Act. Let's be clear: The recent laws passed in many states to restrict voting rights are not about reducing "voter fraud." They are meant simply to erect barriers to voting for people of color.

50 Years Of Progress Cannot Be Scaled Back: It's Time To Restore The Voting Rights Act

Janet Murguía | Posted 08.06.2015 | Latino Voices
Janet Murguía

Through these five decades, the VRA has remained a valuable and relevant tool because despite substantial progress in civil rights, our work is not yet done. On several fronts, Latinos continue to be the target of efforts to limit participation in the voting booth.

The Original Voter Suppression Data: The Numbers Behind the 1965 Voting Rights Act

Jon Sherman | Posted 08.06.2015 | Politics
Jon Sherman

As we commemorate this singular achievement of the Civil Rights Movement and think about the inspiring stories of the people who worked to pass this legislation, the Fair Elections Legal Network (FELN) sought to revisit the numbers behind the VRA's most innovative and transformative provision.

On the 50th Anniversary of Voting Rights Act, Congress Must Legislate

Jonathan Greenblatt | Posted 08.06.2015 | Politics
Jonathan Greenblatt

As we gear up for the 2016 election -- the first presidential election since the Supreme Court crippled the VRA's protections -- we need, as President Johnson said, a new triumph for freedom to match any won on a battlefield. On the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, it is time to legislate, not just commemorate.

Time To Demand The Vote

Richard Fowler | Posted 07.28.2015 | Politics
Richard Fowler

Far-right extremists are deathly afraid of the growing progressivism among American youth and will undertake any measures to maintain the status quo and keep the power to legislate policies that are based in hatred, bigotry, and xenophobia.

Symbols Matter, But They're No Substitute for Substance

Rep. James E. Clyburn | Posted 07.27.2015 | Politics
Rep. James E. Clyburn

Symbols are powerful, and furling the Confederate battle flag was an important gesture. But symbolic gestures are no substitute for substance. I hope the Legislature will codify the stipulations the state made to the court in order for it to uphold the state's voter identification law.

As Voting War Shifts to Carolina Courtroom, Thousands March for Voting Rights

Yael Bromberg | Posted 07.16.2015 | Politics
Yael Bromberg

Thousands of people took to the streets of Winston-Salem this week calling attention to the voter suppression law that is on trial, and reminding us all how precious our vote is, especially in an era of Big Money.

A Word to Justice Kennedy: In Obamacare Lawsuit, "Congress Can Fix It" Can Cut Either Way

Paul Abrams | Posted 06.08.2015 | Politics
Paul Abrams

The "Congress-can-fix-it" argument is not dispositive one way or the other. If the justices want to overturn the IRS' interpretation, there is no greater weight to the "Congress-can-fix-it" argument for that proposition than for the Court to uphold the IRS interpretation .

A Recommitment to Praying With Our Legs

Rabbi Jonah Pesner | Posted 05.13.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Jonah Pesner

Let the anniversary of Selma inspire all of us to rededicate ourselves to the sacred conversations and actions needed for the pursuit of justice.

Across the Selma Bridge... The Road Ahead

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 05.09.2015 | Black Voices
Rev. Al Sharpton

Yes, we crossed the bridge half a century ago, and we crossed it again in a reenactment with the president this weekend, but 50 years from now at the 100th anniversary, we will be judged not by whether we brought a Black president to the bridge.

The Time for Voter Rights Is Now

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 05.02.2015 | Politics
Rev. Al Sharpton

We cannot raise awareness about the heroines and heroes of history, and then turn around and be cowards 50 years later. This Congress must deal with overt moves among states to obstruct people's right to vote, and they must restore federal protections of voting rights.

Promote the Vote, Protect the Vote

Nancy K. Kaufman | Posted 01.19.2015 | Politics
Nancy K. Kaufman

Members of Congress, along with the president, have had a lot to say about working together in a bipartisan fashion after the election. The preservation of voting rights has a fine tradition of such bipartisan support. It is time to revive it.

There Is No Suspense: SCOTUS Has Already Decided to Kill Obamacare

Paul Abrams | Posted 01.09.2015 | Politics
Paul Abrams

This Supreme Court is not really a court, but another branch dedicating itself to the Republican party's agenda. It is to the fair, balanced and logical application of justice what Fox News is to news.

Defying Shelby: Get Informed, Then #GoVote!

Yándary K. Zavala | Posted 01.03.2015 | Latino Voices
Yándary K. Zavala

If there is one day this year that will determine the future of the Latino community, it is November 4. With Latinos poised to influence the outcomes of key races nationwide, it is crucial for us to vote.

We Already Know Who Won the 2014 Election

Wendy Weiser | Posted 01.03.2015 | Politics
Wendy Weiser

There is still suspense over what will happen on Election Day, with control of the Senate hanging in the balance. But regardless of who wins, we already know the 2014 election belongs to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Don't Let Them Silence You: Vote, Dammit

Bill Moyers | Posted 12.27.2014 | Politics
Bill Moyers

It's unbelievable and frankly outrageous that in the last four years, close to half the states in this country have passed laws to make it harder for people to vote. But it's true.

Tankman, the GOP and Voting Rights

Bennet Kelley | Posted 12.25.2014 | Politics
Bennet Kelley

The Voting Rights Act was passed in 1965 and reauthorized multiple times, most recently in 2004 without a single Senator voicing opposition. Then two events occurred that shook the nation from its forward trajectory.

Fighting for Our Political Voice

Larry Cohen | Posted 11.09.2014 | Politics
Larry Cohen

Money isn't speech and corporations aren't people. Most people get that. According to the U.S. Supreme Court, however, political contributions by corporations and the richest Americans actually are free speech and entitled to special protection. Even when they're made in secret.

Preserve Our Democracy: Protect Voters' Rights

Keith Mestrich | Posted 11.04.2014 | Politics
Keith Mestrich

Though slow and unsteady, the gradual expansion of voting rights in the United States has been one of our country's most significant achievements. But now, groups of politicians and their supporters, seeking to steer outcomes of elections in their favor, are working to restrict access to voting.

49 Years Later, There Remains Much Work to Do to End Voter Discrimination

Marge Baker | Posted 10.06.2014 | Politics
Marge Baker

Unfortunately, thanks to the Supreme Court, this week we're not just celebrating the anniversary of the VRA -- we're fighting to rebuild it.