There is something quintessentially American and quintessentially Jewish about voting -- and fighting for the right to vote. After all, voting is an act of faith. It's a ritual, part of belonging to the community.
Today's barriers to the ballot might look different than they did when the League was founded 94 years ago, but they remain threats to our democracy all the same.
President Reagan's attitude and actions towards black Americans leaves most of us unable to find him to be a heroic or even sympathetic figure. When the 40th president's birthday comes around, don't expect most of us to break out the party hats and candles.
In the weeks and months to come, Planned Parenthood will continue to join our allies in urging members of Congress to put politics aside and work together to restore voter protection under the Voting Rights Amendment Act.
Not every generation faces such an historic turning point of civilization. But the future looms before us like never before, a clear vision of a world threatened by increasing classism, perpetual hostilities and environmental degradation.
Beyond stirring more drama than the lopsided Seahawks win, why did the "America is beautiful" meme matter?
President Obama called on the American public to take action in their communities and create real change. For the NAACP, this change begins with protecting and expanding the right to vote.
Republican leaders in the House of Representatives have said explicitly that they are not interested in any of these three issues. But it's a vastly different story in the states.
Colorado has worked hard to create smart, forward-thinking election laws and process, and now a bipartisan, presidential commission has validated our efforts and recommended similar reforms in all states.
In Louisiana, a new law has the potential to shut down every abortion provider in the state. Does that law ban abortions? No, not specifically. But it's an example of something that has become much more prevalent in recent years, namely TRAP laws.
In recent days, an alarming episode has been on unfolding in Hamilton County, where I serve as a Cincinnati City Councilman. Cloaked in the guise of an administrative relocation is a Republican move aimed at voter suppression.
I worried that we were going to slide into deeper economic turmoil and perhaps even violence. I feared that our division was aiding a gradual slide into plutocracy -- governance by the elite, the super wealthy. In other words, we were being divided and conquered.
There's a question that's floating around social media that goes, "How did asking white people to pass background checks to buy a gun become more offensive than asking minorities to provide photo ID to vote?"
The proposed bill establishes a new coverage formula that will affect at least four states that have violated federal law in the last fifteen years. Unlike its predecessor, this coverage formula is based on more recent voting rights violations rather than decades old registration and turnout data.
This month, as President Obama prepares once again to address the nation, nearly 600 soldiers from Guam are returning home after a nine-month deployment in Afghanistan, yet they are being denied democracy at home.
King began his activism as a crusader against racial segregation, but he soon recognized that his battle was part of a much broader fight for a more humane society.