Federal Court Blocks Florida Early Voting Restrictions

By: Friday August 17, 2012 8:55 am

A quick dispatch from the war on voting: a federal judge in Florida has overturned state limits on early voting saying that the law would violate the civil rights of minorities in several counties. Several counties in Florida are covered by Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, which requires certain areas with a history [...]

HuffPo Expose on Swipe Fees Blows the Lid off Lobby Culture in DC

By: Thursday April 28, 2011 8:45 am

There’s a conceit that Congress is where public servants go to improve the quality of American life. OK, nobody has that conceit anymore. But surely many believe Congress has a set of priorities other than what Zach Carter and Ryan Grim describe in a spectacular piece today, which is as a mediator between competing corporate [...]

NAACP, Grover Norquist Team Up on Prison Reform

By: Thursday April 7, 2011 11:59 am

This blog’s proprietress takes a lot of heat from critics for a letter she wrote with Grover Norquist calling for an investigation of Rahm Emanuel over his activities at Freddie Mac. It was seen as the worst thing of all time to team up with Norquist, who has only malign intentions at heart. Surely all [...]

NEA, NAACP Swallow Bankers’ Line on Swipe Fees

By: Tuesday March 22, 2011 7:25 am

The amendment to the Dodd-Frank legislation reducing the cost of interchange fees for debit and credit cards passed with a supermajority in the Senate. It went through the normal process and it won. Now the banks, in a slightly stronger position than during the Dodd-Frank debate, are trying to get the changes delayed, and effectively [...]

One Nation Working Together: The Fight to Build a Mass Movement for Jobs

By: Thursday September 23, 2010 11:45 am

Next Friday Saturday, on 10.2.10, a large and diverse coalition of over 200 faith, labor, youth, student and civil rights organizations will mass in Washington and cities all over the country for One Nation Working Together. Organizers expect participants in the six figures to “demand the change we voted for” and build a social movement [...]

USDA Reportedly Reconsidering Shirley Sherrod Firing

By: Wednesday July 21, 2010 6:10 am

Sometimes, if the facts are clear, if the people band together an yell loud enough, sometimes, just sometimes, you can get the powers that be to reconsider an unjust act. Not overturn, yet, but reconsider. Ain’t America grand? Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said early Wednesday that his department will reconsider the ouster of an employee [...]

ACLU, NAACP, MALDEF File Federal Lawsuit Against Arizona Immigration Law

By: Monday May 17, 2010 1:51 pm

Three civil rights and civil liberties groups filed suit in federal court today to block SB 1070, the harsh immigration statute which, the groups say, violates the Constitution. The suit argues that the law, known as SB 1070, will essentially require police to racially profile and that it violates several constitutional provisions, including the 1st [...]

AR-Sen: Strains Between Lincoln and the African-American Community

By: Wednesday March 24, 2010 10:40 am

A big issue in the Arkansas Senate primary is Blanche Lincoln’s relationship to the African-American community. She has been going around the state touting her “A” rating from the NAACP. But someone has a problem with that – the President of the Arkansas NAACP. “If I had to grade her even on health care reform [...]

AFL-CIO Convenes Their Own Job Summit

By: Tuesday November 17, 2009 6:44 am

The White House may be holding one on December 3, but at this hour, the AFL-CIO is holding an event at the Economic Policy Institute, unveiling a five-point plan for creating jobs in America. Richard Trumka, in his remarks today, acknowledged that the Recovery Act has saved or created close to a million jobs, but [...]

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