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“Eight days after Bloody Sunday, President Lyndon Johnson spoke to a joint session of the Congress and made one of the most meaningful speeches any American president had made in modern time on the whole question of voting rights and introduced the Voting Rights Act. And at one point in the speech, before President Johnson […]

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This month, we once again gathered in Selma, Ala., to commemorate “Bloody Sunday,” the March 7, 1965 march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge that was savagely put down by police. That march – and the march from Selma to Montgomery that followed under federal protection – helped galvanize public support for the Voting Rights Act […]

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The Trump administration has launched an unprecedented rollback of civil rights and voting rights. Those who care about building a more perfect union face harsh headwinds. We’ve gone from an administration seeking to fulfill these rights to one seeking to repeal these rights. Instead of a reconstruction, we are faced with a retrenchment, an effort […]

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Voting is not a privilege. It is a fundamental, constitutionally ratified right afforded to all eligible citizens. The right to elect your federal, state and local representatives and weigh in on proposed local policies via ballot measures is the very definition of democracy: rule by the people. Laws that deny eligible men and women the […]

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Does it hurt more to have a disappointment occur without expectation, or to be able to anticipate a disappointment and see it materialize? When it relates to the US justice system, a disavowal of patterns and practices that served to protect the integrity of the process and broadly protect the rights of citizenship hurts, whether […]

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WYLECIA WIGGS HARRIS TRICE EDNEY NEWS WIRE In 2012, women overall had a higher voting rate (64 percent) than men (60 percent), according to the U.S. Census Bureau. However, the most powerful group of voters will be African-American women. In both the 2012 and 2008 presidential elections, Black women voted at the highest rate of […]

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The North Carolina NAACP president, Rev. William Barber, tore it up and then threw down in a powerful speech at the Democratic National Convention on July 28. He called on those assembled to be a “moral defibrillator of our time,” to shock our nation with the power of love and morality. Rev. Barber did not […]