Wisconsin's restrictive voter ID law places burdens disproportionately on the state's voters of color, such as the time and financial costs of getting the underlying documents needed to obtain ID, and traveling to limited DMV offices. That's a far cry from equal access to the polls.
We can fix the Voting Rights Act, we can pass the Same-Day Registration Act and other important election reforms, and we can finish the march that Congressman Lewis and so many other brave men and women started in Selma all those years ago.
Republican Governor Rick Snyder has appointed an emergency manager to run Detroit in place of the duly elected mayor and City Council. Even more troubling, the governor did so after Michigan voters had rejected the emergency manager law at the ballot box.
There can never be forgiveness if we do not first admit our mistakes. Racism is a sin for which we have never atoned. It is a grave injustice that must be addressed before we can ever truly move forward as a nation. Apologies are not excuses, but they are a good start on the road to repentance.
Every election, South Dakota voters have 46 days when they can vote early, which makes it easier for people to take part in our democracy. But the rul...
It is mind-boggling that winning candidates regularly assume office with mandates that are hardly representative of the diverse makeup of the city's population. Leaders cannot govern effectively with the support of such a paltry slice of the electorate.
We need to start at the beginning. Support our children. Educate all children. Rework the justice system. Help those who make small mistakes to atone for them and reintegrate successfully into society, rather than losing them into the system.
Our voter participation rates are already among the lowest in the world's democracies, but conservatives seem intent on lowering it further. But guns, why, owning them should be easier than ever.
Pondering this question about Molly Ivins several times a day has become a new hobby of mine since the spectacular Senator from Fort Worth, Wendy Davis, stood up for 13 hours and basically destroyed the Republican Party in Texas.
Previous changes make it harder to vote for people of color, students, seniors, people with disabilities and low-income North Carolinians. Yet the state did not stop there. Now two county election boards have employed a top-down approach to take over the voting process at the local level.
We just passed an historic marker on the path to equality. Care to guess what it was? Given the worthy attention, it's not surprising if you guessed the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech. But there is another anniversary that just passed too.
People often think that activism is one-sided. That one must focus on a single issue and charge ahead. But true activism involves being able to tackle all the issues of the day -- both inside and outside of our own communities.
On September 10, 2013, Colorado voters in two state Senate districts will go to the polls for a special election. The central question on the ballot i...
As we celebrate Labor Day today, we should reflect on how far we've come as a nation since 1882. And yet how far we need to go to keep improving the lives of vulnerable American workers. That's particularly true of our growing labor force of unmarried mothers, who are just barely managing to get by.
Dr. King's dream is sometimes misunderstood. It is not just about the right to vote or an end to legal discrimination. It is about fulfilling the promise of a land of opportunity and leaving a proud legacy for our children.
The success of civil rights marchers 50 years ago has made America a stronger and more equal country today. But equality means equal opportunity for all, and simply removing the immediate barriers is not enough.