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Congressional Democrats target Texas in efforts to strengthen Voting Rights Act

DEFENDER NEWS NETWORK — Congressional Democrats are looking to put teeth back in the Voting Rights Act, six years after the Supreme Court gutted a key enforcement provision through its ruling in Shelby County v. Holder. Members of the House Judiciary Committee held a hearing on the issue at Houston’s Texas Southern University on Friday. […read more]

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“This exercise is a thinly veiled attempt to advance the voter fraud myth to justify restrictive voter requirements and suppress voting rights,” said Sophia Lakin, staff attorney with the ACLU’s Voting Rights Project. (Photo: iStockphoto / NNPA)
Commentary

Civil Rights Groups Sue Texas over Voter Citizenship Question

NNPA NEWSWIRE — The American Civil Liberties Union of Texas, the national ACLU, the Texas Civil Rights Project, Demos, and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law filed a lawsuit against Texas Secretary of State David Whitley and Director of Elections Keith Ingram over the creation and rollout of a flawed voter purge list that discriminates against naturalized citizens. […read more]

“All African Americans, regardless of their educational and economic accomplishments, have been — and are — at risk in America, simply because of their skin color,” Camille Cosby said.
Chicago Crusader

EXCLUSIVE: Camille Cosby Speaks to the Black Press About Hate Groups, Racism, History and Voting Rights

NNPA NEWSWIRE — Following the murder of her only son, Ennis Cosby, more than 20 years ago in Los Angeles, Mrs. Cosby wrote an essay in which she spoke fiercely about America’s hate and racism. She blamed America for teaching her son’s killer, Mikail Markhasev, to hate black people because of the various and pervasive forms of racism in our society. […read more]

Featured

Election Day countdown: The war for maximum voter turnout in Nov. 6 election is on

THE MISSISSIPPI LINK — The suit alleges that Georgia’s “‘no match, no vote’ voter registration scheme violates the Voting Rights Act, the National Voter Registration Act and the First and Fourteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution,” according to a statement from the organization.The Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law has filed suit against Georgia Secretary of State and Republican gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp over the state’s “discriminatory and unlawful ‘exact match’ voter suppression scheme.” […read more]

Politics

Black Women Mobilizing for 2016 Vote

By Jazelle Hunt NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – As the 2016 election cycle ramps up, Essence magazine and the Black Women’s Roundtable have teamed up to mobilize and re-energize Black women voters. The partnership hopes to raise the profile of the already-powerful Black women’s vote. In Read More

Op-Ed

Black Votes Matter

By Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. NNPA Columnist   As we enter the 2016 political campaign season with numerous candidates for president of the United States in the Republican and Democratic parties, it appears once again that the political and economic interests of Black America are Read More

Entertainment

The Biggest Problem with ‘Selma’ Has Nothing to Do with LBJ or the Oscars

  (The Washington Post) – “Selma” delivers a powerful dramatization of the bloody civil rights march in Alabama that led to the passage of the Voting Rights Act in 1965. The depiction has received an Oscar nomination for Best Picture, but has been criticized for various deviations from historical fact. Supporters of President Lyndon Johnson have decried his portrayal as an antagonist who only reluctantly supported the Voting Rights Act after attempting Read More

Politics

Blacks Continue Fight to Secure Voting Rights

By Freddie Allen NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – When lawmakers ratified the 15th Amendment in 1870, protecting voting rights for Blacks, opponents of the law lashed out, violently at times, employing literacy tests, poll taxes, and fraud in an effort to disenfranchise the new Read More

Op-Ed

Advancing the Dream with a Stroke of the Pen

By Joe Madison NNPA Guest Columnist   There was a lot of talk around the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington last week that Dr. Martin Luther King’s dream remains unrealized. The march, of course, was for jobs and freedom, and commentators and activists alike Read More

Op-Ed

To Be Equal: Supreme Court Weakens Worker Rights

By Marc Morial NNPA Columnist “The Court’s disregard for the realities of the workplace means that many victims of workplace harassment will have no effective remedy.”  –        Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justice, United States Supreme Court While the headlines have been dominated by the much-anticipated Read More

Op-Ed

Obama has Blacks Marching Backward

By Raynard Jackson NNPA Columnist As the country and the world begin to focus on the upcoming 50th anniversary of the historic March on Washington, this is a good time to revisit the real goals of the March. Of course, it is most remembered for Dr. Read More

Op-Ed

Washington March was for Jobs and Freedom

By Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. NNPA Columnist As we approach the 50th anniversary of the famous March on Washington – Aug. 28 –  Americans will recall Dr. King’s famous “dream;” many can recite entire passages of his historic address. But it’s worth recalling the full meaning Read More

Op-Ed

A Glimmer of Hope

By Stephanie Jones NNPA Columnist Stephanie Jones In the midst of the anger and disappointment at the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, I sought a glimmer of hope and first found it, paradoxically, in the reaction to the Read More

Op-Ed

North Carolina’s Tea Party Nightmares

By Jesse Jackson, Sr. NNPA Columnist North Carolina — once poster child for the New South — now displays the nightmares spawned by the Tea Party right no longer restrained by the Voting Rights Act after the Supreme Court’s conservative gang of five disemboweled it Read More

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Op-Ed

What Blacks Can Learn from South Africa

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist Nelson Mandela turned 95 years old on Thursday, July 18.  He has been hospitalized for more than a month, and the world holds its breath as we witness the decline of the lion that roared for freedom in South Africa.  Read More

Op-Ed

Fighting to Reverse the Shameful Voting Rights Decision

By Sherrilyn A. Ifill NNPA Guest Columnist The Voting Rights Act has been described as the “crown jewel” of civil rights legislation.  Its passage was secured with the courage, grit and blood of activists throughout the south, including Fannie Lou Hamer who endured beatings simply for trying Read More

Politics

Voting Rights Advocates Face Uphill Battle

Kimberlé Crenshaw says voting rights advocates must move beyond the status quo by Freddie Allen NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – In the aftermath of the Supreme Court’s 5-4 ruling in Shelby County v. Holder, striking down section 4 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, civil Read More

Politics

The ‘Forgotten Goals’ of the 1963 March on Washington

By Freddie Allen NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – The hoopla surrounding the observance the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom often ignores that lack of progress made since 1963 on tough issues such as persistent unemployment and wage disparities, according Read More

Op-Ed

Protecting Black Americans’ Right to Compete

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist   It’s no coincidence that in the next few weeks the U.S. Supreme Court will rule on a challenge to affirmative action in higher education and also a challenge to the most important provision of the Voting Rights Act Read More

Politics

Rand Paul Relies on the Past in Hopes of Winning Black Votes in the Future

by Maya Rhodan NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Rand Paul, the conservative Republican senator from Kentucky, tried last week to pave the way for Blacks to vote for Republicans in the future by extolling the GOP’s accomplishments of the past. Speaking at Howard University, Read More

Op-Ed

Keep Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act

By Marc Morial NNPA Columnist “I risked my life defending that right. If we are ever to actualize the true meaning of equality, effective measures such as the Voting Rights Act are still a necessary requirement of democracy.” Georgia U.S. Rep. John Lewis In commemoration of Read More

Op-Ed

Justice Scalia’s Hurtful Words

Gary Bledsoe NNPA Guest Columnist   Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson NNPA Guest Columnist   The two of us sat in utter shock and disbelief as an associate justice of the United States Supreme Court, with a simply bizarre oral utterance, insulted an entire race of Read More

National

Supreme Court Justice Equates Black Voting Rights with ‘Racial Entitlements’

By George E. Curry NNPA Editor-in-Chief Justice Scalia Equates Black Voting Rights with ‘Racial Entitlements’ WASHINGTON (NNPA) – In the oral arguments last week before the Supreme Court to determine whether a key section of the Voting Rights Act should be upheld, Justice Antonin Scalia Read More

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Op-Ed

Democracy on Trial

By Bill Fletcher, Jr. NNPA Columnist On Election Day, I found myself thinking about Venezuela. In the context of a hotly contested race for the presidency of the country, all reports indicated that the Venezuelan elections were handled smoothly with very few problems.  This was true Read More