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Animal-Abusing Circuses, Count Your Days—Another City Passes Ban

When a ban on wild-animal acts came to a vote in Portland, Maine, every single city council member did right by animals. The post Animal-Abusing Circuses, Count Your Days—Another City Passes Ban appeared first on PETA.

Both Sides Do It, But the Democrat Party is More Noeliberal

The Supreme Court just acted on voting rights. You’ll never be able to guess what happened, or what the voting configuration was: In two orders, with all of the conservative Republican-appointed Justices voting in favor and all the liberal Democratic-appointed Justices opposed, the Supreme Court put on hold a lower court order for Texas to […]

“Ballot Blocked: The Political Erosion of the Voting Rights Act

New book from Jesse Rhodes: Voting rights are a perennial topic in American politics. Recent elections and the Supreme Court’s decision in Shelby County v. Holder, which struck down key enforcement provisions in the Voting Rights Act (VRA), have only placed … Continue reading ?

Federal Judge Denies Motion to Dismiss Lawsuit Alleging that Alabama’s All-White Courts Violate the Voting Rights Act

Release: Today, a federal district court judge denied the State of Alabama’s attempt to dismiss a lawsuit alleging that the method of electing judges to Alabama’s appeals courts violates the Voting Rights Act of 1965. All 19 of Alabama’s appellate … Continue reading ?

“Texas’ Discrimination Against Minority Voters May Finally Come Back To Haunt It”

HuffPost on whether Texas will be bailed back into Voting Rights Act preclearance. … Continue reading ?

Federal Court Slaps Down Texas Voter ID Law—Again

On Wednesday, a federal judge in Corpus Christi issued a permanent injunction against Texas’s draconian voter ID law, which intentionally discriminates against black and Latino Texans in violation of the Voting Rights Act, the court said. The law in question is revised version of earlier legislation that required residents to present one of seven accepted […]

Court upholds Texas violated rules for voting interpreters

A court has upheld that Texas violated the federal Voting Rights Act following a challenge by a woman who spoke limited English and couldn't use her son to help cast … Click to Continue »

The redistricting battle in Texas is just heating up

Texas could be headed to the Supreme Court after a federal court ruled Tuesday that two of the state’s congressional districts violate both the Voting Rights Act and the U.S. Constitution. In a 107-page decision, three judges in San Antonio declared that the districts had been purposefully re-drawn to mitigate the electoral power of Hispanic voters. […]

Federal Court Finds Louisiana’s Terrebone Parish Engaged in Intentional Racial Discrimination in At-Large Judicial Elections

From the 91-page opinion, also finding Voting Rights Act discriminatory effect: District-based voting was rejected for the 32nd JDC on at least six occasions between 1997 and 2011. Taken as a whole, this timeline shows discriminatory intent. Local white officials, … Continue reading ?

JUST SPITBALLING HERE, NEWSWEEK, BUT MAYBE IT’S BECAUSE AMERICA IS A MOSTLY-WHITE COUNTRY? Why are …

JUST SPITBALLING HERE, NEWSWEEK, BUT MAYBE IT’S BECAUSE AMERICA IS A MOSTLY-WHITE COUNTRY? Why are most politicians still white 52 years after the Voting Rights Act was signed into law?

Honor the anniversary of the Voting Rights Act by fighting to restore it

2 months agoUS Politics / Liberal : Daily Kos

It’s hard to believe that over a half century has passed since President Lyndon Baines Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act, on August 6, 1965 and delivered these remarks from the Capitol Rotunda: Three and a half centuries ago the first Negroes arrived at Jamestown. Show More Summary

50 Years Ago, All Americans Won the Right to Vote. Today That Right Is Under Attack.

On the anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, we must struggle to make sure everyone who wants to vote can vote. On the shoulders of my grandfather Dilmus Agnew, my mother watched Martin Luther King, Jr. give his renowned “I Have a Dream” speech in our nation’s capital in 1963. Show More Summary

Why are most politicians still white?

2 months agoNews : The Raw Story

Why Are Most Politicians Still White? Newsweek published this story under the headline “A Right to Vote, Not a Right to Win” on May 5, 1980. In light of the 52nd anniversary since the Voting Rights Act of 1965 was signed into law, Newsweek is republishing the story. Fifteen years ago,...

Why Are Most Politicians White 52 Years After the Voting Rights Act Was Signed Into Law?

"Having failed ultimately to win their fight in the courts, blacks must use their not insignificant numbers in the tougher arena of politics."

CIVIL RIGHTS UPDATE: NORTH CAROLINA ENACTS RESTORE CAMPUS FREE SPEECH ACT. The final version of …

CIVIL RIGHTS UPDATE: NORTH CAROLINA ENACTS RESTORE CAMPUS FREE SPEECH ACT. The final version of the Act passed the North Carolina House by a margin of 80 to 31. Ten Democrats, about a quarter of those present, voted for the bill. The final version passed the Senate by a margin of 34 to 11 along […]

Black versus white household income over the past 50 years

I outline here what ought to be the astounding fact that, more than a half century after the March on Washington, the Civil Rights Act, the Voting Rights Act, the creation of affirmative action, etc., America has achieved exactly zero progress in improving the economic status of African Americans relative to that of whites: In […]

Forget McCain – Thank a Red-State Protester, a Woman Senator, or a Disability Rights Activist Today

2 months agoHumor / odd : Geekosystem

John McCain cast a crucial, life-saving vote to prevent the repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) - but the real work was done by thousands of ordinary, activist Americans and his Senate colleagues, Murkowski and Collins.

Conservative Groups Fume Over Failed Repeal Votes

Activists on the right have been pushing to repeal the Affordable Care Act since 2010—only to see some Republicans defend the law once they got the power to get rid of it.

Samantha Bee Dissects Trump’s Voter Fraud Commission

2 months agoNews : Huffington Post

"Guys like this have been playing the long game, methodically chipping away at the Voting Rights Act."

“Sensenbrenner: Congress should reauthorize modern Voting Rights Act

Rep. Sensenbrenner oped: In response to this ruling, I introduced the Voting Rights Amendment Act in 2015, and reintroduced it again last week with my Democratic colleague Rep. John Conyers of Michigan. Among other things, the bill modernizes the original … Continue reading ?

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