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As Supreme Court Protects Fair Housing, Still Miles to Go on Voting Rights

Nearly 50 years ago, just days after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated on a motel balcony in Memphis, Tennessee, Congress passed the Fair Housing Act in tribute to the slain civil rights leader. The housing law, following the...Show More Summary

Rapper Killer Mike endorses Bernie Sanders for president

4 days agoNews : The Raw Story

The Run the Jewels rapper announced his support via Twitter after the Democratic candidate backed full reinstatement of the Voting Rights Act Rapper Killer Mike of Run the Jewels has endorsed Bernie Sanders for president, pulling a key hip-hop endorsement from Democratic frontrunner Hillary...

John Lewis, Civil Rights Veteran, Asks Black Clergy To 'Fix' Voting Rights Act

4 days agoNews : Huffington Post

WASHINGTON (RNS) Civil rights veteran and Congressman John Lewis urged black clergy to work for changes in the Voting Rights Act on the second anniversary of the Supreme Court decision that removed key provisions of the law. “It’s time...Show More Summary

Working Families Demand Restoration of Voting Rights Act

In Roanoke, Va., part of the district of Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R), working families joined with a broad coalition of activists and concerned Americans to demand restoration of the Voting Rights Act, key provisions of which were struck down by the Supreme Court two years ago. Here are some of the key tweets from those in attendance.

HRC Joins Civil Rights Partners in Roanoke for Rally to Restore The Voting Rights Act

Today HRC members, friends and staff joined hundreds of civil rights demonstrators in Roanoke, Virginia for the "Rally for Voting Rights and Our Democracy".

John Lewis and Others Introduce Bill to Establish Preclearance Requirements for the Voting Rights Act

Two years after the U.S. Supreme Court decided that the criteria developed in the 1960s that was used to determine which states and localities would be subject to federal approval before making changes to voting districts and procedures, a group of Democrats are introducing the Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2015. Show More Summary

Memo to the GOP: If you want to honor Clementa Pinckney, end the crusade to curtail voting rights

If the GOP wants to heal the sickness revealed in Charleston, it must heal the wounded Voting Rights Act

SCOTUS: You Can Sue Over Housing Discrimination Even If That Discrimination Wasn’t Intended

Housing rights groups and civil advocates were granted a win this morning by the Supreme Court of the United States, which ruled in a 5-4 vote that people can pursue lawsuits under the Fair Housing Act of 1968, that prohibits housing discrimination because of race, even when a housing law or policy isn’t motivated by an intent to discriminate. In … [More]

#SCOTUS Fair Housing Decision May Have Effect on Voting Rights Act

This morning on a 5-4 vote the Supreme Court upheld the use of a disparate impact test in a fair housing case. Justice Kennedy wrote the opinion, joined by the Court’s four liberals and over four dissenting Justices. A parallel … Continue reading ?

Can Congress Stand Up Against Voter Suppression?

Two years ago, the Supreme Court struck down key protections of the 1965 Voting Rights Act in the Shelby County case. That disastrous decision took away the Department of Justice's primary tool for reviewing potentially discriminatory...Show More Summary

Thought of the Day

Getting rid of the confederate flag on government grounds is nice. Fixing the Voting Rights Act would be much, much better.

Democrats Unveil Bill To Restore Gutted Voting Rights Act

The Voting Rights Advancement Act, a stronger bill than the version introduced in 2014, has no Republican co-sponsors. The post Democrats Unveil Bill To Restore Gutted Voting Rights Act appeared first on ThinkProgress.

HRC Endorses Voting Rights Advancement Act

Today, HRC proudly endorses the Voting Rights Advancement Act, a bill that will help ensure that voting rights for all Americans are fully protected.

An Even Worse ‘Voting Rights’ Bill

It’s being reported that some Democrats will soon be introducing a bill amending the Voting Rights Act, and that the new bill is even more extreme than an earlier bill that has failed to gain any traction in either house. The new bill...Show More Summary

Bipartisanship Having Failed...Dems Offer Their Own VRA Fix

Speaking of the Supreme Court, you may recall that two years ago tomorrow, a 5-4 conservative majority of SCOTUS punched a big hole in the Voting Rights Act of 1965....

Lewis and Leahy have authored a tough repair of damage Supreme Court did to Voting Rights Act

It's called the Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2015. Backed by civil rights groups, Rep. John Lewis of Georgia and Sen. Pat Leahy of Vermont are introducing it today to strengthen the Voting Rights Act. That 50-year-old law's most serious voter protection was eviscerated in 2013 when the Supreme Court ruled in Shelby County v. Show More Summary

“Short Film About Victim of Texas Voter ID Law Shows Why We Need to Pass The Voting Rights Advancement Act Being Introduced Today”

Release: Today, as Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) introduce the Voting Rights Advancement Act (VRAA) on the eve of the second anniversary of Shelby County v. Holder, the Campaign Legal Center is releasing a short film … Continue reading ?

Will Republicans Really Relinquish Their Race Card? Let's See Them Pass the Voting Rights Act

Governor Nikki Haley's (R-SC) decision to seek removal of the confederate flag from government property is good news, but she compromised her moral leadership by qualifying words about "heritage", code word for a society explicitly and...Show More Summary

Dems renew push for Voting Rights Act

Three years after the Supreme Court took a sledgehammer to the VRA, some leading Democrats have a plan to put things right.

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