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Voting Rights Act of 1965

Alabama Punishes All Voters And Drivers By Closing DMV Offices

John A. Tures | Posted 10.20.2015 | Politics
John A. Tures

The first phase in Alabama was passing a strict voter ID law. The second phase was to close down more than 90 percent of DMV offices. The third phase may involve restricting voting to just four spots, unless the trend is reversed. And your state may be the next one to emulate Alabama.

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.

The Charleston Massacre

Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson | Posted 06.20.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson

We are enraged at the execution of Black people in the streets, in the prisons, and now in a church! The killing of Black people in the Mother Emanue...

Jennifer Bendery

Sen. Grassley: No Need To Restore Voting Rights Act Because 'More Minorities Are Already Voting' | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 04.27.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), chairman of the Judiciary Committee, said Monday he doesn't expect to bring up legislation to restore the ...

How The NAACP Is Fighting Local Voter Suppression In North Carolina

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 03.10.2015 | Black Voices

Fifty years after "Bloody Sunday," the fight for voting rights continues in North Carolina. After the 2013 Supreme Court decision to strike down S...

Jennifer Bendery

Bill To Restore Voting Rights Act Gets Another Bipartisan Push | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 02.18.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House lawmakers are giving another push to legislation that went nowhere in the last Congress: a bill to restore the landmark 1965 Votin...

Answering the Call: Pursuing Justice

Nancy K. Kaufman | Posted 03.18.2015 | Politics
Nancy K. Kaufman

As Jews, we particularly understand what it means to be targeted because of our religion. But, too many of us living in America have allowed the glaring disparities of income, education, health care, and the administration of justice to fester.

Movie Review: Selma -- The March Goes On

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.21.2015 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Fifty years separate the events in the film and the headlines of 2014 and it feels as though little has changed.

The Importance of Protecting Our Right to Vote: Reflecting on the Voting Rights Act of 1965

Rep. Alcee L. Hastings | Posted 12.05.2014 | Politics
Rep. Alcee L. Hastings

For nearly half a century the Voting Rights Act has stood as a central pillar in the protection of fair voting practices. Our nation now faces the greatest threat to voting rights since Reconstruction.

Why 2014 Should Be Another Freedom Summer

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 08.16.2014 | Black Voices
Rev. Al Sharpton

After so many marched, organized, petitioned, registered voters, and risked their lives and livelihoods -- and some even died -- how do we as a country allow their victories to be stripped away before our very eyes? If there was ever a time to have a renewed Freedom Summer, that time is now, in 2014.

Persistence of Race in the Changing South

Glen Browder | Posted 05.21.2014 | Politics
Glen Browder

Is race still the driver of Southern politics? A leading scholar of contemporary politics supplied his answers in a recent conference of Southern specialists.

Poverty Grinds Down LGBT Equality

Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson | Posted 03.17.2014 | Gay Voices
Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson

With so many LGBT people suffering from income inequality, poverty is an LGBT concern. Marriage equality brings a landslide of privileges and economic benefits to a family -- but if the family is living on minimum wage, they probably cannot even afford a marriage license.

Ask What You Can Do For Your Country

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

I hope, as we remember a young President, that we will renew our commitment to building with urgency and persistence a just America where every child is valued and enabled to achieve their God given potential regardless of the lottery of birth.

Restoring the Right to Vote

Nancy K. Kaufman | Posted 10.23.2013 | Politics
Nancy K. Kaufman

Today, instead of making the right to vote a rock solid commitment, we actually find ourselves as a nation debating settled principles and even settled law when it comes to protecting the franchise.

North Carolina's Voter Suppression

Joe Peyronnin | Posted 10.13.2013 | Politics
Joe Peyronnin

In 2008, President Barack Obama carried North Carolina by a few thousand votes. But the new law may make it harder for the Democratic presidential candidate to carry the state in 2016.

Equal Justice Under the Law

Jim Wallis | Posted 08.27.2013 | Politics
Jim Wallis

The words above the Supreme Court read, "Equal Justice Under the Law." This week, two Supreme Court outcomes dramatically affected the reality of those words.

Jennifer Bendery

Republican Senator 'Cannot Imagine' Congress Fixing Voting Rights Act | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 06.25.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- It's up to Congress to restore the Voting Rights Act after the Supreme Court struck down one of its core provisions on Tuesday. But at l...

Politicians React To Contentious Voting Rights Ruling

The Huffington Post | Gabrielle Dunkley | Posted 06.25.2013 | Politics

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court issued its decision on a key civil rights law that provides protection against voting discrimination. In a 5-4 rulin...

Ryan J. Reilly

Holder Deplores Voting Rights Ruling | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 06.25.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Attorney General Eric Holder is "deeply disappointed" that the Supreme Court "invalidated an essential part of the Voting Rights Act, a ...

Amanda Terkel

Voting Rights Act Now Lies In Congress' Hands | Amanda Terkel | Posted 06.25.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Since 1965, the federal government has required certain states and localities to obtain permission from the Justice Department before ma...

Civil Rights Icon Weighs In On Court's Voting Rights Decision

The Huffington Post | Melissa Jeltsen | Posted 06.25.2013 | Politics

Civil rights hero and longtime congressman John Lewis (D-Ga.) reacted in dismay to the Supreme Court's ruling striking down Section 4 of the Voting Ri...

ACLU Slams Supreme Court Decision As 'Roadblock'

The Huffington Post | Chris Gentilviso | Posted 06.25.2013 | Politics

The American Civil Liberties Union reacted strongly to the Supreme Court's Tuesday decision to gut Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act. Today #SCOTU...

Howard Fineman

Supreme Court Declares The Civil War Over Today | Howard Fineman | Posted 06.26.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court just declared that the Civil War is no longer relevant to the history and administration of racial justice in America....

High Court Rules On Voting Rights

Posted 06.25.2013 | Politics

The Supreme Court ruled on the Voting Rights Act Tuesday, striking down Section 4, which designates which parts of the country must have changes to th...

Supreme Court Voting Rights Ruling Comes In

AP | Posted 06.25.2013 | Politics

BY MARK SHERMAN, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court says a key provision of the landmark Voting Rights Act cannot be enforc...