Categories & Tags: Race and Civil Rights

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...

 

Five reasons for optimism on the Voting Rights Act's 48th anniversary   |   August 6, 2013
By Brentin Mock, Colorlines Today marks the 48th anniversary of the signing of the Voting Rights Act into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson, after months of civil rights...

 

Baton Rouge redistricting case will test the future of the Voting Rights Act   |   August 1, 2013
A federal trial is about to get underway in Louisiana that promises to be a case study into what happens in jurisdictions previously covered by the Voting Rights Act's Section...

 

NAACP appealing North Carolina redistricting ruling   |   July 30, 2013
After a three-judge panel in North Carolina upheld a Republican-drawn redistricting plan earlier this month that civil rights groups call an illegal gerrymander, the NAACP has...

 

DOJ to sue Texas under Voting Rights Act 'bail-in' provision   |   July 26, 2013
By Brentin Mock, Colorlines As we reported shortly after the U.S. Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act's Section Five, Texas could still face "preclearance...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: North Carolina turns back the clock on voting rights   |   July 26, 2013
Date on which North Carolina's Republican-controlled legislature gave final approval to House Bill 589, a broad package of election changes that critics called a "full-...

 

Restrictive NC voting bill sparks sit-in, talk of legal action by Justice Department   |   July 25, 2013
Conservatives in North Carolina said back in March that they would “slow-walk” a carefully considered voter ID bill through the legislative process to make sure it...

 

NAACP links proposed NC voting changes to historical white supremacist politics   |   July 24, 2013
The North Carolina chapter of the NAACP and other groups involved in the Forward Together movement against the Republican-controlled state legislature's ultraconservative...

 

VOICES: Southerners take to the streets   |   July 22, 2013
By Joe Atkins, Labor South The lingering image of the happy-go-lucky Southerner, content with his lot, happy to get a pat on the head from the local patriarch, is being shaken to...

 

Virginia unveils plan for restoring voting rights to former felons   |   July 19, 2013
In May, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell announced a historic win for voting rights: the automatic restoration of those rights for former nonviolent felony offenders on an...

 

NC Senate outdoes the House with harsh voter ID law   |   July 19, 2013
After North Carolina House Republicans passed one of the harshest photo voter ID bills in the country in April, Senate Republicans have gone even further by scrapping university...

 

How Zimmerman's colorblind trial helps the Justice Dept.'s case   |   July 18, 2013
(This story originally appeared at Colorlines.) Veteran civil rights attorneys and advocates are convinced that enough evidence of wrongdoing remains from the George Zimmerman...