Categories & Tags: voting rights act

After years of rollbacks, democracy movement making gains in the states   |   April 22, 2016
More than 1,400 people were arrested during protests in Washington, D.C., over the past week as part of Democracy Awakening and Democracy Spring, a grassroots movement calling for...

 

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...

 

NC elections board called out for confusing the public on voter ID   |   January 15, 2016
"You can vote with or without a North Carolina driver's license or other photo ID." That was the refrain that Rev. Dr. William Barber, president of the North...

 

Southern state legislatures: More male, more religious, more racially diverse   |   January 14, 2016
The National Conference of State Legislatures in partnership with the Pew Charitable Trusts released a report last month that analyzed the diversity of state legislatures across...

 

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...

 

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...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Alabama DMV closings the latest threat to voting rights in the Black Belt   |   October 9, 2015
Number of part-time driver's license offices Alabama plans to close, with most of them in the state's so-called "Black Belt" where African Americans outnumber...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: The ongoing fight to restore the Voting Rights Act   |   October 2, 2015
Date on which America's Journey for Justice, a voting rights march that began in Selma, Alabama on Aug. 1, reached Washington, D.C., finishing at the steps of the Lincoln...

 

VOICES: The future of North Carolina's past   |   August 7, 2015
(Editor's note: After the June massacre of nine African Americans in a Charleston, S.C. church by a racist who embraced the flag of the Confederacy and other white-supremacist...

 

Journey for Justice: Marching 860 miles for civil rights   |   August 7, 2015
Fifty years after President Lyndon Johnson signed the historic Voting Rights Act, the NAACP has launched an 860-mile march to demand that the promise of the law be fulfilled....

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: A Texas-sized reminder of why the Voting Rights Act still matters   |   August 5, 2015
Date on which a federal appeals court panel unanimously struck down Texas' photo ID requirement for voters, ruling that it has a "discriminatory effect" and thus...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Voter suppression on trial   |   July 24, 2015
Date that the North Carolina House passed an initial 16-page version of H.B. 589, a bill requiring voters to show photo ID at the polls: 4/24/2013 Date that the U.S. Supreme...

 

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...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Will Congress restore the Voting Rights Act?   |   July 16, 2015
Date on which the U.S. Supreme Court in its Shelby County v. Holder ruling disabled Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which required states with a history of voter...

 

'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...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Redistricting rulings renew hope for voting rights advocates   |   April 23, 2015
Date on which the U.S. Supreme Court threw out a N.C. Supreme Court ruling upholding Republican-drawn electoral districts for state and congressional lawmakers, ordering the state...

 

The power of the ballot box   |   April 7, 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...

 

Elders of the movement   |   March 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...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: The fight to restore the Voting Rights Act   |   March 20, 2015
Date on which the landmark Voting Rights Act was introduced in Congress, a little over a week after a national television audience watched state troopers, sheriff's officers...

 

Concerns grow over voting rights for the South's language minorities   |   March 20, 2015
Amid concerns over the rollback of the Voting Rights Act and introduction of voter ID laws, election watchdogs worry about another critical voting rights issue: language barriers...

 

The lone Southern GOP cosponsor (so far) of the Voting Rights Act restoration bill   |   March 20, 2015
Fifty years ago this week, a Democrat and a Republican introduced the landmark Voting Rights Act in the U.S. Senate. The VRA, which offered protections against voting...

 

50 years since LBJ's historic voting rights speech   |   March 19, 2015
Two weeks ago, tens of thousands of people came to Selma, Alabama to honor the 50th anniversary of the first Selma to Montgomery March. This week, on March 15, marks 50 years...

 

Selma and voting rights: Commemoration or legislation?   |   March 6, 2015
SELMA, Ala. -- This weekend, tens of thousands of people -- including nearly one-fifth of the U.S. Congress and President Obama -- are descending on Alabama to commemorate the...