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As we celebrate Dr. King's legacy, minority voting rights are more threatened now than in 50 years

The 1965 Voting Rights Act was the crowning achievement of the civil rights movement. By ending the electoral system of racial apartheid across the South, the VRA finally guaranteed that millions of African Americans could exercise the one right that helps them protect every other right. Show More Summary

In Texas, a Test of Whether the Voting Rights Act Still Has Teeth

2 days agoNews : NYTimes: News

A federal judge put Pasadena, Tex., under federal oversight after finding that city officials had discriminated against Latino voters. But an appeal is expected.

“In Texas, a Test of Whether the Voting Rights Act Still Has Teeth”

Must-read Manny Fernandez in the NYT on the voting rights case in Pasadena, Texas: Within days of the Supreme Court striking down the heart of the Voting Rights Act in June 2013, the mayor of this working-class industrial city set … Continue reading ?

Detroit suburb accused of denying black residents equal voting rights

6 days agoNews / Crime : Crimesider

U.S. Justice Department alleges Eastpointe, Michigan, violates Voting Rights Act in city council elections

Jeff Sessions Calls Voting Rights Act 'Intrusive'

WASHINGTON ? Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for attorney general, doubled down Tuesday in calling the Voting Rights Act “intrusive” and struggled to say how he would enforce the act going forward. “It is intrusive. Show More Summary

Jeff Sessions Calls Voting Rights Act 'Intrusive'

WASHINGTON ? Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for attorney general, doubled down Tuesday in calling the Voting Rights Act “intrusive” and struggled to say how he would enforce the act going forward. “It is intrusive. Show More Summary

Webcomic explains how weakening the Voting Rights Act led to voter suppression in 2016

last weekHumor / odd : Boing Boing

On The Nib, Andy Warner posts a quick primer on the Voting Rights Act, which was weakened in a 2013 Supreme Court case that struck down the requirement for districts with a history of racist voter suppression to get federal oversight...Show More Summary

Does Sen. Jeff Sessions have a ‘strong record’ on civil rights enforcement?

“Sen. Sessions’ strong civil rights record includes a host of desegregation lawsuits he filed in Alabama while he was U.S. Attorney, voting in favor of the 30-year extension of the Civil Rights Act, voting to confirm Attorney General Eric Holder, spearheading the effort to award the Congressional Gold Medal to Rosa Parks, and much more.” […]

A New Voting Rights Act for the 21st Century

The two most insidious ways Democrats disenfranchise American citizens are also two of the most difficult for the rank and file to notice.

Texas City Found In Violation Of Voting Rights Act

A Texas city violated the Voting Rights Act and the 14th Amendment by purposefully trying to dilute Latino votes, a U.S. district judge ruled Friday. Pasadena, Texas, will become the first jurisdiction to have to clear changes to its election laws with the Department of Justice since the Supreme Court’s 2013 Shelby County v. Show More Summary

Texas City Found In Violation Of Voting Rights Act

A Texas city violated the Voting Rights Act and the 14th Amendment by purposefully trying to dilute Latino votes, a U.S. district judge ruled Friday. Pasadena, Texas, will become the first jurisdiction to have to clear changes to its election laws with the Department of Justice since the Supreme Court’s 2013 Shelby County v. Show More Summary

8th Circuit Denies ACLU Request to Use Cumulative Voting in Ferguson MO. School Board Voting Case

A few months ago a federal district court ruled that the use of at-large voting in Missouri’s Ferguson-Florrisant school district diluted African-American voting rights in violation of the Voting Rights Act and the Court ordered cumulative voting as a remedy. … Continue reading ?

Growth, Not Forced Equality, Saves the Poor

Eliminate poverty, but don’t worry so much about inequality. Enforcing the Voting Rights Act matters; equalizing possession of Rolexes does not.

Obama: Democrats Lost on Election Day By ‘Not Showing Up’

4 weeks agoNews : Mediaite

"I think that on something like the Affordable Care Act, you have people who are benefiting right now from Obamacare who either don't know it's Obamacare or consider that as a given and then end up voting on Second Amendment rights," he said.

North Carolina’s GOP Is Closing Ranks

After the Supreme Court struck down key portions of the Voting Rights Act, an almost uncontested North Carolina GOP—with firm control of the governor’s office and legislature following the 2010 and 2012 elections—clamped down on voting rights in the state. Show More Summary

“Civil Rights Déjà Vu, Only Worse”

Sam Bagenstos for TAP: Voting Rights. After the Supreme Court’s 2013 Shelby County decision cutting the heart from the Voting Rights Act, states formerly covered by the statute’s preclearance requirement initiated a wave of new vote-suppression measures. Other states also … Continue reading ?

US Congress votes to apply Magnitsky human rights act globally

last monthNews : The Raw Story

Legislation expanding the 2012 U.S. Magnitsky human rights act from Russian citizens to cover abusers in any country passed the U.S. Senate on Thursday as part of an annual defense policy bill, leaving the landmark measure on the verge of becoming law. The legislation was included in the must-pass...

“Civil Rights Organizations Applaud Timely Release by Census Director Identifying Jurisdictions that Must Provide Language Assistance under Section 203 of Voting Rights Act

Release: On December 5, 2016, the Director of the U.S. Census Bureau issued a notice of determination identifying the jurisdictions subject to the language assistance provisions of Section 203 of the Voting Rights Act, which are available at 81 Federal … Continue reading ?

This Case May Decide Whether People of Color Have a Vote That Counts

The 2016 election cycle might be over, but that doesn't mean voting rights issues are resolved. The first general election since the Supreme Court gutted the 1965 Voting Rights Act was replete with voter access issues, voter registration...Show More Summary

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