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Promote the Vote, Protect the Vote

Nancy K. Kaufman | Posted 11.19.2014 | 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 11.09.2014 | 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 11.03.2014 | 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 11.03.2014 | 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.

One Year After Shelby Decision, States Have Moved to Restrict Voter Access

Penda D. Hair | Posted 09.09.2014 | Politics
Penda D. Hair

Immediately after North Carolina passed the worst voter-suppression law in the country, Advancement Project brought a suit in federal court challenging the law on behalf of the North Carolina NAACP. In light of the avalanche of provisions designed to restrict voting, we had to fight back.

The Most Conservative Principle in American Politics

Deborah J. Vagins | Posted 08.25.2014 | Politics
Deborah J. Vagins

Republican presidents signed the last three extensions of the VRA, ensuring continuous protection for all Americans. It is that history of support for the Voting Rights Act that makes it so particularly discouraging that the new bipartisan legislation to modernize the act.

Cleaning Up the Supreme Court's Democracy Mess

Michael Keegan | Posted 08.25.2014 | Politics
Michael Keegan

The Supreme Court has made some very bad calls when it comes to protecting the rights of all Americans to participate meaningfully in our political system. But Justice Ginsburg is right: These wrong-headed decisions shouldn't have staying power. And if the American people have anything to do with it, they won't.

Shelby County One Year Later: Good for Voting Rights?

Franita Tolson | Posted 08.24.2014 | Politics
Franita Tolson

Hopefully, favorable progress will continue, and on subsequent anniversaries, voting rights advocates will be able to look back on Shelby County as an example of losing the battle, but winning the war.

One Year After Shelby Decision, the Fight Continues to Protect Equal Access to the Vote

Elisabeth MacNamara | Posted 08.23.2014 | Politics
Elisabeth MacNamara

The problem isn't complicated. Access to the vote is not about politics; it's about justice and equality.

Schuette v. BAMN: How the Court Undermined Racial Liberty in the Democratic Process

Elise Boddie | Posted 06.30.2014 | Black Voices
Elise Boddie

The Supreme Court's Schuette and Shelby decisions send a disturbing signal that ensuring unimpeded minority access to the processes that decide minority interests is not worthy of federal judicial intervention.

On the League's 94th Anniversary, Continuing to Protect the Vote

Elisabeth MacNamara | Posted 04.13.2014 | Politics
Elisabeth MacNamara

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.

The Fallacy of the Colorblind Narrative in Voting Rights

Sahar Aziz | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Sahar Aziz

Decades after passage of the historic Voting Rights Act, so much has changed. And yet, so much remains the same.

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.

Contemporary Racial Inequity: A Statement of Faith

Rev. G. Jude Geiger | Posted 10.15.2013 | Religion
Rev. G. Jude Geiger

It is time that our communities of faith formed partnerships to do the work of affirming and promoting our first and fifth principles -- our understanding of the inherent worth and dignity of every person and our commitment to the democratic process in our society.

On the 48th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, Congress Must Act Quickly to Protect Democracy

Elisabeth MacNamara | Posted 10.02.2013 | Politics
Elisabeth MacNamara

The stakes are high: Until Congress repairs the Voting Rights Act, voters will likely face a variety of voting suppression attacks within their state, local and county jurisdictions as new election laws are passed.

Texas Shows Congress Must Update the Voting Rights Act

Spencer Overton | Posted 10.01.2013 | Politics
Spencer Overton

A recent court action against Texas is important, but it should not fool us into believing that existing laws are sufficient to protect voting rights. Indeed, the central lesson from Texas is that Congress must update the Voting Rights Act.

Mississippi's Secretary of State Moves to Enforce Voter ID Law

Martha Bergmark | Posted 09.09.2013 | Politics
Martha Bergmark

With unseemly haste following the Supreme Court's recent nullification of a key provision of the Voting Rights Act, Mississippi has moved to enforce a new voter identification law that will suppress the vote of African Americans.

Voting Rights and the Religious Left

T. Thorn Coyle | Posted 09.07.2013 | Religion
T. Thorn Coyle

The religious right has banded together becoming a force of political clout in the U.S. They want to maintain their privilege, but the cost to our society is high. The religious left would do well to make common cause with one another and with activists working for justice.

Civil Rights Whiplash at the U.S. Supreme Court

Suzanne B. Goldberg | Posted 09.02.2013 | Politics
Suzanne B. Goldberg

Last week's Supreme Court rulings will enable more discrimination against women and racial minorities. Yet because none of these cases presented discrimination as blatantly as DOMA did, the justices could more easily disclaim responsibility for the anti-equality consequences of their rulings.

With Liberty and Justice for ... Some

Caroline Fredrickson | Posted 09.02.2013 | Politics
Caroline Fredrickson

Chief Justice Roberts has cultivated a public image as a less-than-right-wing zealot, while actually amassing a record certain to excite members of the Chamber of Commerce and Tea Party alike.