Categories & Tags: voting rights

The sweet taste of voting rights in North Carolina   |   May 18, 2016
May 17 is a historic day. In 1954, it was the day when the Supreme Court of the United States issued its ruling in the Brown v. Board of Education case, declaring segregation in...

 

Lawmakers call for hearings on bills demanded by Democracy Spring protesters   |   April 29, 2016
Thousands of people converged in Washington, D.C. in April as part of the Democracy Spring and Democracy Awakening movements to protest big money in politics and advocate expanded...

 

Southerners flock to Washington for Democracy Spring protests   |   April 14, 2016
When Philip Hesslup heard that Republican senators blocked legislation providing medical care for 9/11 first responders last year, that was the last straw. Hesslup, a 29-year-old...

 

Despite voting confusion, Democrats see primary turnout bump in N.C.   |   March 18, 2016
In the South's two presidential primaries held on March 15 — Florida and North Carolina — a greater share of Democrats turned out to vote than in any other...

 

The major presidential candidates on voting rights   |   February 25, 2016
Next week, the seven remaining Democratic and Republican presidential candidates will face off in their respective party primaries and caucuses on Super Tuesday. Of all days...

 

Honoring voting rights heroes, blocking voting rights restoration   |   February 25, 2016
Republican congressional leaders joined with their Democratic colleagues this week in a rare show of bipartisan unity to present the Congressional Gold Medal — the nation...

 

Massive civil disobedience planned at U.S. Capitol to press case for fair elections   |   February 19, 2016
On April 2, hundreds of Americans will gather at the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia to begin a 10-day march south to the nation's capital to engage in mass civil disobedience...

 

N.C. voting rights fight moves from the courtroom to the streets   |   February 5, 2016
As the federal trial over North Carolina's restrictive voter ID law wrapped up this week in Winston-Salem, the N.C. NAACP — the lead plaintiff suing the state over its...

 

7 big wins for Southern progress in 2015   |   December 18, 2015
As 2015 comes to a close, we look back and celebrate progress made toward building a better South. The past year was a momentous one on many fronts, with a historic victory on gay...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: North Carolina sued over voter registration failings   |   December 16, 2015
Date on which an alliance of voting rights advocacy groups and individual voters sued North Carolina state government officials for noncompliance with federal voter registration...

 

Ari Berman: The long assault on voting rights and fear of a changing South   |   November 30, 2015
In 2016, the U.S. will hold the first presidential election in 50 years without the full protections of the landmark Voting Rights Act of 1965 — and thousands of voters in...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: A historic victory for voting rights and racial justice in Kentucky   |   November 25, 2015
Date on which Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear (D), in one of his last acts in office, signed an executive order to automatically restore voting rights to certain felons who've...

 

Voting Rights: How to prevent long lines at the polls   |   November 20, 2015
Long lines and wait times at the polls are a voting rights issue. During recent presidential election years, horror stories have emerged across the South and the country about...

 

ISS Event: Ari Berman's 'Give Us the Ballot' in Durham   |   November 19, 2015
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Voting Rights Act, a key victory of the Southern civil rights movement that has transformed the region. And as...

 

5 ways the U.S. can boost voter registration   |   September 22, 2015
Today is National Voter Registration Day, and many civic groups — and celebrities like singer Janelle Monáe — are encouraging citizens to make sure they are...

 

More than a flag: South Carolina dockers push racial justice forward   |   August 31, 2015
By Jane Slaughter, Labor Notes After nine African American churchgoers were shot to death in Charleston, South Carolina, June 17, longshoreman Leonard Riley Jr. was buoyed by the...

 

Reflections on New Orleans' uneven recovery   |   August 24, 2015
The Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation funds organizations in the South working to move people and places out of poverty. The foundation recently launched a "Southern Voices...

 

Art Pope jumps back into political spending game   |   August 13, 2015
It didn't take long for Republican businessman and political player Art Pope to return to election spending after resigning as North Carolina’s state budget director....

 

Dr. King's 'I Have A Dream' speech was born in North Carolina   |   August 12, 2015
Nine months before Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s famous "I Have a Dream" speech at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., he gave nearly the same address at...

 

The uncertain future of voter ID in North Carolina   |   July 17, 2015
In the federal trial underway in Winston-Salem, North Carolina challenging the state's restrictive 2013 voting law, one much-discussed provision is not under consideration:...

 

Stamp would honor George Henry White, NC congressman deposed by racist voting laws   |   July 17, 2015
The same day a federal trial began over North Carolina's restrictive and racially discriminatory new voting law, one of the state's congressmen introduced a bill to honor...

 

The South's democracy crisis   |   July 17, 2015
In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's 2013 Shelby County v. Holder decision weakening the Voting Rights Act, states including North Carolina and Texas passed onerous laws...

 

Civil rights martyr's family sends letter of encouragement to NC voting rights marchers   |   July 14, 2015
Following the opening day of the federal trial over North Carolina's restrictive voting law, as many as 6,000 voting rights supporters marched through the streets of Winston-...

 

'This is our Selma': Prayers, marches, teach-ins planned as NC voting restrictions go on trial   |   July 12, 2015
Arguments begin this week in federal court in Winston-Salem, North Carolina in N.C. NAACP v. McCrory, a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the most restrictive voting...

 

Overcoming fear: Lessons from the South   |   June 25, 2015
The Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation funds organizations in the South working to move people and places out of poverty. The foundation recently launched a "Southern Voices...