Category: Black Elected Officials

Black man arrested on $100K bond for voting, and Texas GOP advances bill making it harder to vote

July 11, 2021
“The arrest and prosecution of Mr. Rogers should alarm all Texans,” said Andre Segura, legal director of the ACLU of Texas. “He waited in line for over six hours to vote to fulfill what he believed to be his civic duty, and is now locked up on a bail amount that most people could not afford. “He

How The Black Community Is Waking Up To A Post-Pandemic Reality

July 10, 2021
The effort to get the word out about the coronavirus pandemic and spreading information about vaccinations means meeting people where they are for the White House COVID Response Team, so a large part of their plan was to do just that in places like beauty salons and barbershops, which were already helping to educate their

The US Supreme Court Just Authorized More Voter Suppression

July 6, 2021
The United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) dealt several blows to the Voting Rights Act last week. In a majority conservative 6-3 ruling, SCOTUS upheld two Arizona restrictions. The first prohibits individuals other than close family members or caregivers from collecting mail-in ballots. The second requires elections officials to reject votes from people who report to incorrect precincts

50 years since the 26th amendment

July 5, 2021
Rock the Vote?Does anyone remember this? Or this? Okay. Videos and efforts to turn out youth voters have existed for as long as I can remember, going back to my middle school age—which is before that Madonna video above. The truth is, Democratic efforts are built on young people. We know and have known for quite

America Is Undergoing Seismic Changes. Its Politics? Hardly.

July 4, 2021
In another age, the events of this season would have been nearly certain to produce a major shift in American politics — or at least a meaningful, discernible one.Over a period of weeks, the coronavirus death rate plunged and the country considerably eased public health restrictions. President Biden announced a bipartisan deal late last month

This Supreme Court session was bad, but wait until you see what they have on tap for the next one

July 2, 2021
The court will hear Carson v. Maine, which asks whether the Constitution requires that states spend public money on explicitly religious education. This is a First Amendment case that should be clear cut—that whole establishment clause business of prohibiting government from “unduly preferring religion over non-religion, or non-religion over religion.” Plaintiffs are challenging Maine’s ban on

Puff piece on Barr shows once again what an amoral, power-hungry snake Mitch McConnell is

June 28, 2021
According to Barr—and confirmed by McConnell himself—McConnell repeatedly urged him to publicly dump cold water on Trump’s claims that the election had been stolen. As McConnell was asking Barr to speak out, he himself stayed silent about the outcome of the election even after Joe Biden had widely been called as the winner. Why wouldn’t McConnell

Mitch McConnell Says Voter Suppression Doesn’t Exist in Any US State

June 25, 2021
At this point in time, Republicans have realized that their platform is not very popular. There is a clear reason why they have stopped talking ideas and have gone all the way in on the culture war. No leader has ever tried to suppress the vote quite like Donald Trump did. He even had his

OAN Correspondent Calls for Executions of Thousands Over Fake Voter Fraud Claims

June 24, 2021
Pearson Sharp, a correspondent for the far-right One America News (OAN), has called for the executions of thousands of Americans over fake voter fraud claims. “How many people were involved in these efforts to undermine the [2020 general] election?” Sharp said on the air, pushing conspiracy theories that the election was fraudulent. “Hundreds? Thousands? Tens

Republicans In Georgia Are Targeting And Removing Black Election Officials

June 20, 2021
Georgia Republicans are using new voter suppression laws to target and remove black local election officials. The New York Times reported: Across Georgia, members of at least 10 county election boards have been removed, had their position eliminated, or are likely to be kicked off through local ordinances or new laws passed by the state