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March 7, 2014 | Blog

Twenty-six years after the infamous Willie Horton ad, race-based politics blocked Debo Adegbile’s passage to head the Justice Department’s Civil Rights division. Continue reading

Scotty Macom, right, walks with his wife, Kellie, center, and his son, Koal, 2, after he voted in Egg Harbor Township, N.J., Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013. (AP Photo/The Press of Atlantic City, Vernon Ogrodnek)
January 17, 2014 | Blog
The legislation represents the first attempt by a bipartisan group in Congress to reinstate the vital protections of the VRA that the Supreme Court took away.
Plant Explosion Investigation
December 30, 2013 | Blog

As 2013 comes to an end, we asked editors, journalists and friends of BillMoyers.com: What story deserved more attention this year? Continue reading

A tour group walks past a memorial wreath displayed next to the bronze memorial bust, by Robert Berks, of President John F. Kennedy in the grand foyer of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, Friday, Nov. 22, 2013, on the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's death. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
November 22, 2013 | Blog

The great passion of Kennedy’s last year was a struggle to enact an amendment ending the poll tax and removing other barriers to voting. Continue reading

Voter ID Students
November 8, 2013 | Blog

Shortly after passing the country’s worst voter suppression law, North Carolina Republicans targeted student voting. Continue reading

Texas Votes
October 23, 2013 | Blog

The law seems more focused on stopping the state’s changing demographics from affecting election outcomes than it is on stopping voter fraud. Continue reading

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach is proof-of-citizenship laws and the new two-tiered voting scheme in his state.
October 16, 2013 | Blog

Why the voter registration strategy being implemented in Arizona and Kansas will disenfranchise thousands of voters. Continue reading

Votes
October 15, 2013 | Blog

The federal judge who ruled on the constitutionality of a voter ID law in Indiana, which has served as justification for tougher laws, says he was wrong. Continue reading

Attorney General Eric Holder, left, attends a ceremony on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, July 31, 2013, in observance of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
August 22, 2013 | Blog

The Department of Justice announced today that it is objecting to Texas’ voter ID law and will also seek to join a similar lawsuit against the state’s redistricting maps. Continue reading

William Barber
August 13, 2013 | Blog

Shortly after Governor Pat McCrory signed the omnibus voting bill into law, the NAACP filed suit against the state, challenging it as racially discriminatory. Continue reading

In this Aug. 6, 1965, photo, President Lyndon Baines Johnson signs the Voting Rights Act of 1965 in a ceremony in the President's Room near the Senate Chambers on Capitol Hill in Washington. Three years ago, the Supreme Court warned there could be constitutional problems with a landmark civil rights law that has opened voting booths to millions of African-Americans. Now, opponents of a key part of the Voting Rights Act are asking the high court to finish that provision off.  Surrounding the president from left directly above his right hand, Vice President Hubert Humphrey; House Speaker John McCormack; Rep. Emanuel Celler, D-N.Y.; first daughter Luci Johnson; and Sen. Everett Dirksen, R-Ill.  Behind Humphrey is House Majority Leader Carl Albert of Oklahoma; and behind Celler is Sen. Carl Hayden, D-Ariz.  (AP Photo)
August 6, 2013 | Blog

Nearly half a century after the landmark legislation changed our country’s politics, The Nation’s Ari Berman notes that voting rights are under threat once again. Continue reading

A police officer watches over demonstrators and NAACP-led supporters as they congregate at Halifax Mall near the state legislature during "Moral Monday" protests at the General Assembly in Raleigh, N.C., Monday, June 24, 2013. Protesters are angry over the rightward direction of the state on economic, social, education and voting policy. They focused much of their demonstration on looming unemployment benefits cuts that will end extended benefits for about 70,000 people at the end of June. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
July 30, 2013 | Blog

Move aside, Florida — in spite of Moral Mondays protests, North Carolina is now the new poster child for voter suppression. Continue reading

Abortion Restrictions Texas
July 30, 2013 | Blog

Historian Bernard Weisberger reminds us not to confuse “state rights” with “state sovereignty.” Continue reading

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July 25, 2013

Read about moments in the 1950s and 1960s that changed the course of the Civil Rights movement. Continue reading

Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga. speaks at a rally for immigration reform on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, April 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
July 18, 2013 | Blog

Rep. John Lewis told a Senate committee this week that new voting restrictions passed before last year’s election make it harder for voters to participate. Continue reading

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