Categories & Tags: Race and Civil Rights

DOJ reportedly will sue NC over voter ID law   |   September 30, 2013
It sounds like U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder will answer Sen. Kay Hagan's call to protect voting rights in North Carolina. Late last night word leaked to the Associated...

 

Bank of America ordered to pay $2.2 million for racist hiring practices   |   September 25, 2013
Almost 20 years after the U.S. Department of Labor began auditing the racial hiring practices at Bank of America's offices in Charlotte, N.C., black job candidates who were...

 

Why the 2014 election matters for voting rights   |   September 25, 2013
Last month, U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.) sent a letter to the Department of Justice practically begging them to review her state's new voter ID law, which elections experts...

 

'Uh-oh, instead of defeating us they made us defiant'   |   September 24, 2013
By Ajamu Dillahunt, Labor Notes Since April North Carolina has made national and international news with a remarkable social movement that has gathered thousands to protest, with...

 

How slavery continues to shape Southern politics   |   September 23, 2013
Whites who live in areas of the South once dominated by the plantation economy and slavery are much more likely than other Southerners to express colder feelings toward African...

 

Lawsuits pile up over Texas voter ID law   |   September 19, 2013
This week the NAACP Texas State Conference and the Mexican American Legislative Caucus of Texas state lawmakers filed a legal challenge to the state's photo voter ID law....

 

Shedding light on the legacy of segregation in North Carolina   |   September 18, 2013
As attorneys with the University of North Carolina's Center for Civil Rights carried out their work of advocating for low-wealth and minority communities across the state,...

 

Homicides soar in states with 'Stand Your Ground' laws   |   September 16, 2013
Many of the 22 states that have enacted "Stand Your Ground" self-defense laws -- like the one at the center of the controversy over last year's shooting death of...

 

Art Pope think tank pulled into lawsuit over NC voter suppression bill   |   September 11, 2013
A conservative think tank that was founded by Republican mega-donor Art Pope and that receives most of its funding from him has been pulled into a lawsuit targeting North Carolina...

 

Latest Florida voter purge scheme threatens immigrants' voting rights   |   September 11, 2013
It seems Florida just can't resist the urge to purge. Last year, Gov. Rick Scott (R) went toe to toe with the federal government and civil rights groups for the power to...

 

NC students organize against voter suppression   |   September 5, 2013
The "vote truthers" trolling for fraud in North Carolina -- groups like the N.C. Voter Integrity Project that watch and challenge voters -- may now themselves become the...

 

In a victory for voting rights, NC elections board OKs student bid for local office   |   September 3, 2013
The Republican-controlled North Carolina State Board of Elections voted unanimously Tuesday to overturn a county election board's ruling barring a student at a historically...

 

The tricky business of measuring progress eight years after Hurricane Katrina   |   August 29, 2013
Define "progress." For those in government, it typically means economic growth and improvements in quality of life that boost confidence among wealthy investors....

 

SPECIAL INVESTIGATION: How Art Pope helped turn back the clock on voting rights in North Carolina   |   August 29, 2013
By Sue Sturgis, with research by Marion T. Johnson When Montravias King, a senior at North Carolina's historically black Elizabeth City State University, showed up at a...

 

Defending the voting rights of black students in Texas and North Carolina   |   August 28, 2013
With events underway to commemorate a historic march for voting rights, legal battles are unfolding in Texas and North Carolina to defend students' right to vote and run for...

 

Old-fashioned American hypocrisy: The NAACP partners with Nissan, and Walmart pushes 'Made in America'   |   August 27, 2013
By Joe Atkins, Labor South The central theme of this short Labor South round-up could be hypocrisy. What would Martin Luther King Jr. and Medgar Evers say? At the recent 50th...

 

The growing fight against voting restrictions in the South   |   August 23, 2013
This week, former Secretary of State Colin Powell -- a Republican who served under President George W. Bush -- called out North Carolina on its voter ID law while speaking at the...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Will the NC GOP's attack on student voting backfire?   |   August 23, 2013
Date on which North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) signed into law a Republican-backed bill that imposes some of the nation's most restrictive voting rules, including a ban on...

 

Claiming and teaching the 1963 March on Washington   |   August 22, 2013
By Bill Fletcher Jr., Zinn Education Project August 28 will mark the 50th anniversary of the historic March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Publicly associated with Dr. King...

 

Moral Monday marches on with Dr. King in mind   |   August 16, 2013
While North Carolina lawmakers have adjourned for the year, the Moral Monday movement marches on, with plans underway to hold rallies across the state this month protesting the...

 

Dream Defenders leave capitol, heading for governor's home   |   August 16, 2013
By Brentin Mock, Colorlines The youth organizers of the Dream Defenders civil rights collective stood their ground and slept on the grounds of the Florida state capitol building...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Running the numbers on NC's discriminatory voting law   |   August 15, 2013
Date North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) signed into law HB 589, the Voter Information Verification Act or VIVA, which makes sweeping changes to the state's election laws: 8/...

 

Meet the 92-year-old plaintiff challenging restrictive NC voting law   |   August 14, 2013
After North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) quietly signed into law one of the most restrictive voting bills in the nation, civil rights groups filed lawsuits challenging its...

 

In denial about its racism, Texas fights preclearance under the Voting Rights Act   |   August 9, 2013
The now-neutralized "preclearance" provision of the Voting Rights Act that allowed the federal government to review proposed election changes in jurisdictions with...

 

The racist history of voter challenge provisions in NC 'monster' election bill   |   August 8, 2013
There is a lot to be concerned about in North Carolina's omnibus elections bill, which voting rights advocates have dubbed a "Monster Law." Indeed, HB 589 -- which...