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Supreme Court Voting Rights Act

We Still Need the Voting Rights Act

Hector E. Sanchez | Posted 06.25.2014 | Latino Voices
Hector E. Sanchez

Anniversaries are normally a cause for celebration. But there is no joy in Latino communities across the country over this week's one-year anniversary of the Supreme Court Case case known as Shelby County, Alabama v. Holder.

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

Elisabeth MacNamara | Posted 06.24.2014 | Politics
Elisabeth MacNamara

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

If The Supreme Court Says Racism Is Pretty Much Over, Why Are So Many People Still Being So Racist?

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing & Shadee Ashtari | Posted 04.29.2014 | Politics

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in June that a key provision of the 1965 Voting Rights Act designed to prevent racial discrimination in certain votin...

Staying Focused

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 06.14.2014 | Politics
Rev. Al Sharpton

History teaches us that negative forces will always try to smear and distort those on the side of justice, that is nothing new. But it is up to us to keep marching forward -- for victory is made up by those that remain focused and disciplined.

No Turning 'Round: Selma's Anniversary Call to Advance Voting Rights

Bennet Kelley | Posted 05.21.2014 | Politics
Bennet Kelley

Next March will be the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday and what should have been a celebratory moment of how far we have come since those troubled days is more likely to be a bitter reminder of how far we still have to go.

More About a New Freedom Summer

Robert Kuttner | Posted 02.21.2014 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

It is possible to have principled arguments with political conservatives on a wide array of public issues, ranging from late-term abortions to privatizing Social Security. But there is no principled debate about suppressing the right to vote. The creative use of obstacles to voting is sheer political opportunism. There are a few conservatives who will say that voting is a privilege, not a right. But they are living in the wrong country or the wrong century. In our democracy, that issue was settled a long time ago. Voting is a right.

Needed: Freedom Summer 2014

Robert Kuttner | Posted 02.14.2014 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

The impact of freedom summer was electric. It added to the pressure on Congress to pass what became the Voting Rights Act of 1965. But first, there had to be more marches, more murders, and finally, after the Selma marches and LBJ's stunning "We Shall Overcome" speech, the federal guarantee of the right to register and vote -- in the same Act whose key provision the Roberts Court has overturned. What we need is a new Freedom Summer 2014, half a century after the original. If the forces of reaction are demanding photo ID cards, let's just go door to door and make sure that every eligible voter gets one.

This #GivingTuesday, Help Strengthen Our Country and Democracy

Elisabeth MacNamara | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Elisabeth MacNamara

In celebration of #GivingTuesday, we've been sharing a look at just some of what the League has done to increase political participation and strengthen our democracy -- and our country -- in 2013.

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.

History Repeats Itself: Why Is South Dakota Denying American Indians an Equal Opportunity to Vote?

Eunice Hyon Min Rho | Posted 11.09.2013 | Politics
Eunice Hyon Min Rho

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...

Rand Paul: There's No 'Objective Evidence' Of Racial Discrimination In Elections

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 08.15.2013 | Politics

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) says there's no "objective evidence" of racial discrimination in elections. "The interesting thing about voting patterns now...

Perry Slams Holder, Team Obama For Casting 'Unfair Aspersions'

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 07.26.2013 | Politics

Gov. Rick Perry (R) criticized a decision by the Obama administration to pursue legal action against the Lone Star State to place Texas back under pre...

Clinton Warns Voting Law In Jeopardy

AP | KEN THOMAS | Posted 09.15.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Hillary Rodham Clinton said Tuesday the future of the Voting Rights Act is in "real jeopardy" following the Supreme Court's decisio...

Black, Gay and Living in a 'Voting Rights? No! Gay Marriage, Yes!' World

Irene Monroe | Posted 09.14.2013 | Gay Voices
Irene Monroe

The Supreme Court's rulings force LGBTQ people of color, like me, to reside a bifurcated reality in terms of full civil rights protections.

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.

Race, Rhetoric and Reality

Jerome Karabel | Posted 09.08.2013 | Politics
Jerome Karabel

The most powerful impact of the Supreme Court's decision on Voting Rights may not be on the size of the minority vote. Instead, its most profound -- and insidious -- effect may reside in the weight it lends to an emergent narrative that racism is no longer a serious problem and that the real threat to equal justice now is "reverse discrimination" against whites.

Dispatch From the Whites Only Men's Room

Lester & Charlie | Posted 09.07.2013 | Comedy
Lester & Charlie

Now that states with a history of abusive behavior toward minority voters can change voting laws without getting "preclearance" from, well, anybody, there's nothing anybody can do about it.

Joan Walsh: "They Are Trying To Repeal The 20th Century"

92nd Street Y | Posted 09.07.2013 | Politics
92nd Street Y

As part of 92Y's partnership with Salon.com, editor at large Joan Walsh spoke with us about her disappointment with the Supreme Court's recent decisio...

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.

Paula Deen, Trayvon Martin, the Shadow of Racism and the Power of "the N-word"

Antonio Moore | Posted 07.28.2014 | Black Voices
Antonio Moore

We find ourselves in a time that has illuminated historical cracks the size of the Grand Canyon left in our conscience as a nation. A social consc...

The Supreme Court's Voting Rights Act Decision Isn't the Whole Problem

Armand Derfner | Posted 09.02.2013 | Politics
Armand Derfner

The Supreme Court is dead wrong in its cases trivializing voters. Congress needs to act, and we need to shine a spotlight on the Supreme Court. We need to restore voting as a fundamental right and keep on pursuing the "noble goal."

The Struggle Continues for Civil Rights

Rep. Charles Rangel | Posted 09.01.2013 | Politics
Rep. Charles Rangel

Make no mistake: voting rights in this country are still under assault. In the 1960s, voter suppression was carried out with attack dogs, water hoses, and physical beatings Today, those who seek to disenfranchise minorities use more discreet tactics.

Supreme Court Decision Will Backfire on Republicans

J.J. Colagrande | Posted 09.01.2013 | Miami
J.J. Colagrande

The once insane idea of a red state like Texas turning blue doesn't seem so crazy. And if something like that happened, you could kiss the Republican Party as we know it goodbye.

Free From Voting Rights Act, State Republicans Go Straight For Voter ID, Law Changes

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 07.02.2013 | Politics

Republicans in North Carolina are wasting no time moving on a controversial slate of voting laws that just a week ago would have first required approv...

The Republicans of the Supreme Court

Robert Reich | Posted 09.01.2013 | Politics
Robert Reich

Supreme Court justices are appointed for life in order to ensure their independence from politics. But when it comes to the core political strategy of the Republican Party, the five Republican appointees are, in effect, an extension of the GOP.