Articles related to: Voting Rights
By Gloria J. Browne-Marshall
AANIC Supreme Court Correspondent
America’s voting rights war continues. The U.S. Supreme Court heard Nov. 12 arguments that accuse Alabama’s Republican-controlled legislature of redrawing voting districts to limit the political power of African- Americans.
The Alabama Legislative Black Caucus and Alabama Democratic Caucus argued that the state’s redistricting plan limited most Black voters, packing them into large collective or majority-minority districts.
Black mega-districts are “packing voters by race,” which violates the Voting Rights Act, said Richard Pildes, attorney for the Legislative Black Caucus. “In Alabama, Black voter turnout rates exceed …
By Freddie Allen
NNPA Washington Correspondent
WASHINGTON (NNPA) – After suffering a major setback last year in the Supreme Court, voting rights advocates are buoyed by a decision last week by a federal judge in Wisconsin striking down the state’s voter ID law as racially discriminatory. John Ulin, a partner at Arnold & Porter LLP and trial counsel, said that U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman’s opinion in the case made clear that the Voting Rights Act of 1965 still has teeth, even after the United States Supreme Court’s decision in the …
By Gloria Browne-Marshall, Supreme Court Correspondent for The Milwaukee Courier
Trayvon Martin’s parents seek justice for a son killed for walking while Black. The Court gutted Voting Rights. Paula Deen is caught using racial slurs. Yet, the U.S. Supreme Court gutted both affirmative action and decided essential protections within the Voting Rights Act were unconstitutional.
When Chief Justice Roberts read the decision in the Shelby County voting rights case the courtroom was graveyard silent. He spoke of the lives lost and brutal injustices that led to the passage of the Voting Rights …
By Gloria J. Browne-Marshall
There was a gasp. Justice Scalia’s shocking words were thick with sarcasm. He said it was merely a “perpetuation of racial entitlement.” This was a sad day for racial justice.
Justice Antonin Scalia has been described as a conservative intellectual by some and ‘Archie Bunker’ in a high back chair by others. He has served the Court since 1986. Yet, this elder member of the U.S. Supreme Justice could not fathom a legitimate reason for continuing voting protections for people color.
The attorneys never asked the meaning of “racial …
By Gloria J. Browne-Marshall
The new term of the U.S. Court began on Mon., Oct. 1. The docket covers issues from affirmative action to criminal justice and deportation to voting rights. Marriage equality may be added before the term ends. Arguments began with a case involving Nigerians who want to hold an oil company liable for the deaths of activists killed while protesting environmental harm to their land. Over hundred cases are accepted for Supreme Court review out of thousands.
The Court may decide race has no place in college admissions. The …
On Tuesday, Wisconsin Circuit Court Judge David Flanagan issued his decision to permanently enjoin Wisconsin’s restrictive and burdensome photo ID law, declaring Wisconsin’s photo ID law the strictest in the nation.
The Milwaukee Branch of the NAACP, Voces de la Frontera, and twelve individuals partnered in the fight against Wisconsin Act 23. The act requires photo identification to cast a ballot, including absentee ballots. Only around 80 percent of Wisconsin residents already registered to vote possess a driver’s license that meets the Photo ID requirements of Act 23. In addition, to …
(WASHINGTON) – This week, the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on the Constitution held a hearing on “Voting Wrongs: Oversight of the Justice Department’s Voting Rights Enforcement.” The purpose of the hearing was to examine the Justice Department’s recent handling of voting rights matters, including the Department’s decision to challenge certain state’s restrictive voter identification laws. House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) released this statement following the hearing.
“Since 2011, 15 states have introduced legislation that negatively impacts access to voting. Many of these state laws limit voting by …
Voter suppression law thrown out
Senator Lena C. Taylor (DMilwaukee) applauded the historic decision rendered in Wisconsin’s Circuit Court system yesterday to permanently block the Voter Suppression (Voter ID) law from being enforced. Judge Richard Niess acted in a case field by the League of Women Voters that alleged the law violated the right to vote guaranteed in the Wisconsin constitution.
“It’s a historic day in Wisconsin as one of the most disenfranchising Jim Crow-style laws has been overturned by the courts. Since the days of Ezekiel Gillespie winning the right to …
By Zenitha Prince
Special to NNPA Newspapers
It’s as if time has stood still— decades after civil rights leaders and lawmakers secured the right to vote freely, African Americans are fighting the same old battles at the polls, according to the latest edition of a major annual report.
Voting rights remain the biggest issue facing Black America today, according to the National Urban League’s “The State of Black America 2012: Occupy the Vote to Educate, Employ and Empower” report.
“More than the economy, more than jobs, more than an excellent education for all …
By Cassandra Lans
Milwaukee County Supervisor Nikiya Q. Harris joined many community activists to express their feelings regarding the temporary injunction against the recently adopted Voter ID law that was issued by Dane County Judge David Flanagan. Harris spoke at a press conference held late Tuesday afternoon at St. Mark’s AME Church at 1616 W. Atkinson.
She stated, “My sincere thanks go to Judge David Flanagan for this decision today. I am excited and elated about this glimmer of hope for voters in Wisconsin. It’s wrong to make individuals jump through hurdles …