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Participants in a “Freedom Friday March” in Washington, D.C.

The Party of Lincoln Is Now the Party of Jim Crow

By Commentaries/Opinions

Not a single House Republican voted for the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act. By John Nichols, The Nation — “Old battles have become new again,” said US Representative Terri Sewell, of Alabama, as she introduced the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act for Tuesday’s essential vote in the House. And even as the old battles are being fought anew, the old battle lines have changed as well. The Republican Party, which was…

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In this July 17, 2021 photo, a person holds a candle and a poster with an image of the late Rep. John Lewis during a rally in support of voting rights, at Black Lives Matter Plaza in Washington.

‘March On for Voting Rights’ Demonstrations to Mark Anniversary of 1963 March on Washington

By News & Current Affairs

58 years ago, Martin Luther King Jr. led thousands in the historic March on Washington. This year, King’s son and other organizers will march for voting rights. By Rachel Pilgrim, The Root — On Saturday, protestors will gather nationwide to mark the 58th anniversary of the March on Washington during the March On for Voting Rights, a gathering in which organizers will demand that Congress pass both the John R. Lewis…

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Crowds gather at the National Mall during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in Washington, D.C., on August 28, 1963.

MLK’s Family and Civil Rights Leaders Call for Voting Rights March on Washington

By News & Current Affairs

A mass march on August 28 will call on Senate Democrats to ditch the filibuster and pass voting rights legislation. By Mike Ludwig, Truthout — The Voting Rights Act of 1965 is 56 years old today, but instead of simply celebrating the historic law that helped combat Jim Crow-era suppression of Black voters, civil rights leaders are busy organizing mass actions to bring a fresh slate of voting rights legislation…

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Sen. John Barrasso, Senate Minority Whip Sen. John Thune, Sen. Rick Scott and Senate Minority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell

GOP-led voter suppression is being implemented step by step — Just like Jim Crow

By Editors' Choice

Five generations after the original Jim Crow edifice was built, the GOP has dedicated itself to mass disenfranchisement. By Sasha Abramsky, Truthout — Around the country, Republican legislators are using straw man arguments about voter fraud to push increasing restrictions on access to the ballot box. In response, President Joe Biden and others have slammed the changes as “un-American,” rhetorically downplaying the violence of voter suppression that has in fact been at…

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Ben Jealous

Three Urgent Steps to Defend Democracy from Cynics and Skeptics

By Commentaries/Opinions

By Ben Jealous — The far-right attack on voting rights is fierce. And the unwillingness of some Senate Democrats to challenge rules that allow a Republican minority to block voting rights bills is making some question whether we can turn back the tide of voter suppression. As the Black Voters Matter Freedom Ride Bus Tour makes its way through Southern cities including Nashville, Atlanta, Columbia, Raleigh, and Richmond with the…

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Stacey Abrams

Stacey Abrams-led group launches campaign to mobilize young voters of color around voting rights bill

By Commentaries/Opinions

The Hot Call Summer campaign will contact voters in 2022 battleground states that are moving controversial voting legislation. By Tim Perry and Adam Brewster, CBS News — The voting rights group Fair Fight Action, headed by activist and former Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, is announcing a month-long campaign to help mobilize young voters of color around the For the People Act, also known as S. 1, for the…

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Report Card on President Biden

Panel Gives Biden “Passing” Grades – IBW National Forum Assesses Biden’s First 100 Days

By News & Current Affairs, Press Releases / Statements

On the eve of President Biden’s first 100 days in office the Institute of the Black World 21st Century (IBW) convened a National Virtual Forum to evaluate the progress of his administration so far in addressing issues of vital concern to Black voters. IBW assembled a stellar Panel of prominent African American political analysts, commentators and civil rights/human rights advocates from around the country to conduct the assessment which included:…

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Report Card on President Biden: The First 100 Days (A Virtual National Forum)

By Events, Reparations

April 29, 2021 — A panel of Black America’s leading scholars, analysts and activists grade President Biden’s performance during his first 100 days in office. Hosted by: Mayor Ras J. Baraka Newark, New Jersey Special Respondent: Mayor Chokwe A. Lumumba Jackson, MS Moderators: Nkechi Taifa, Esq. Author of Black Power, Black Lawyer Rev. Mark Thompson Host, Make It Plain Panelists: Dr. Julianne Malveaux Author, Political Economist, Commentator, Washington, DC LaTosha…

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Vantage Point: Fighting the “Jim Crow/Apartheid” Voter Suppression Law in Georgia

By Vantage Point Radio, Video/Audio

April 5, 2021 — On this edition of Vantage Point, host Dr. Ron Daniels aka The Professor talks with special guest Bishop Reginald T. Jackson Topic Fighting the “Jim Crow/Apartheid” Voter Suppression Law in Georgia Special Guest Bishop Reginald T. Jackson, Presiding Prelate, Six Episcopal District, A.M.E. Church, Atlanta, GA Ways to listen Live (Radio) — Mondays 3-4PM on WBAI, 99.5FM, Pacifica Network, New York Livestream (Online) — Click Here…

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US lawmakers demand Trump administration support free, fair elections in Haiti

By News & Current Affairs

By Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald — Rep. Frederica Wilson is calling on U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to clarify recent comments by a top State Department official on elections in Haiti that have been widely criticized as an attack on the country’s opposition and civic groups, and a dismissal of widespread concerns about the legitimacy of the process. Last month a senior State Department official warned political opponents of…

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Black voters on line in Chicago, October 2020

Our goal is record Black voter turnout to fire Trump and save Black lives: NAACP President

By Commentaries/Opinions

It’s not just Donald Trump and Joe Biden on the ballot, it’s a decision about the country we want. Honor John Lewis and Ruth Bader Ginsburg by voting. By Derrick Johnson, USA Today — Instead of focusing on the many crises devastating the Black community right now, and although voters are already casting ballots, Republicans are rushing to confirm Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. Once again, President Donald Trump and his enablers…

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Jarena Lee, Sojourner Truth, and Harriet Tubman were pioneering Black women leaders who championed equality in the church, politics, civic rights, and other areas of public life.

Black women are founders of American democracy. How will we live up to their ideals?

By Commentaries/Opinions

While too many Black were disenfranchised even after the 19th Amendment’s ratification a century ago, they never waited for permission before promoting their vision of fundamental rights. By Martha Jones, The Inquirer — When it comes to 21st-century politics, Black women are our founders. The double scourge of racism and sexism no longer defines American politics. The nomination of Sen. Kamala Harris to the Democrat’s VP slot, the more than…

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