Tag: voting rights

What part of Democracy are Republicans afraid of?

What part of Democracy are Republicans afraid of?

| June 24, 2015

Lee A. Daniels By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist   It’s not too soon to ask a critical question of citizens of voting age who tend to vote for Democratic candidates: Do you think you’ll be allowed to vote in 2016? The Republican Party in numerous states across the country has been working hard to […]

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Remarks by the president at the 50th anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery marches

Remarks by the president at the 50th anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery marches

| March 10, 2015

Click here to read NNPA Columnist George Curry’s commentary on the president’s speech: “In Selma, Obama proved he is black enough” Click here to watch video of the president’s speech. President Barack Obama at the Edmund Pettus Bridge, Selma, Ala. AUDIENCE MEMBER:  We love you, President Obama! THE PRESIDENT:  Well, you know I love you […]

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Life sentence: Ex-felons denied constitutional rights

Life sentence: Ex-felons denied constitutional rights

| February 24, 2015

Florida refuses to restore full constitutional rights to ex-felons. The result? One black Floridian of every four can’t vote, hold office or serve on a jury. Special to the NNPA from the Florida Courier Commit any felony in Florida and you lose your right to vote for life–unless the governor and the clemency board agree […]

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Black voters in South face new threats

| September 4, 2014

By Freddie Allen NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA)–Despite major advances to access to the ballot box nearly 50 years after the passage of Voting Rights Act of 1965 (VRA), blacks, living primarily in the South and Southwest, continued to face challenges at the ballot box, according to National Commission on Voting Rights (NCVR) report. “Though […]

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Civil rights groups push Ferguson residents to polls

| September 2, 2014

By Freddie Allen NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA)–In the aftermath of the shooting death of Michael Brown, an unarmed, black teenager by a white police officer in Ferguson, Mo., and the social and political unrest that followed, civil rights leaders have urged citizens of the St. Louis County suburb to transform their community at the […]

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Mobilizing key groups can change politics of Deep South

| July 1, 2014

By Freddie Allen NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA)–As voters’ rights advocates and civil rights leaders commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1964 “Freedom Summer” in Mississippi, new study by the Center for American Progress finds that shifting demographics in the South can help to accelerate meaningful social and political change. The report titled, “True South: […]

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Mobilizing key groups can change politics of Deep South

| July 1, 2014

By Freddie Allen NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA)–As voters’ rights advocates and civil rights leaders commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1964 “Freedom Summer” in Mississippi, new study by the Center for American Progress finds that shifting demographics in the South can help to accelerate meaningful social and political change. The report titled, “True South: […]

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President says right to vote under attack

President says right to vote under attack

| April 13, 2014

Of course there will be those who argue about “potential” fraud (despite the fact that evidence shows that election fraud is not a widespread phenomenon) but the truth is some elements of this society, particularly the privileged oligarchy, have been trying to put the genie of political empowerment back in the bottle since day one. […]

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Voting Rights advocates try to put oversight back on map

| March 6, 2014

  By Kara Brandeisky Special to the NNPA from ProPublica When the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a key part of the Voting Rights Act last June, justices left it to Congress to decide how to fix the law. But while Congress deliberates, activists are turning again to the courts: At least 10 lawsuits have the […]

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Big voting changes coming to the South in 2014

Big voting changes coming to the South in 2014

| January 23, 2014

Voting rights cases will reportedly be one of the top legal stories of 2014. Here is a round-up of southern states where voters face major shakeups…

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