This Election Day, Stop Saying "That" Phrase

Here in the USA,  today is the day to vote in the mid-term elections.  Polls have been open for hours now on the East Coast and between WordPress, Twitter and Facebook I keep seeing the following phrase repeated, over and over:If you don’t vote, you lose the right to complain about the government.Nice sentiment.  That’s about all I can say about it though....more

Being told I couldn't vote

I blog at The Flooded Fishbowl and last night while watching the results come in I wrote about my experience being told I would not be allowed to vote. I do not usually write about politics, but this is different. This is about my right to vote. This is not about who to vote for, who shoulr win, or my opinions on views. This is simply about following through and making things happen.Here's a snippet: :...more

Protect Your Voting Rights on November 6

As I write this, millions of people in the US and Caribbean are struggling to recover from Superstorm Sandy. While some people are searching for missing loved ones, burying their dead, and trying to pump millions of gallons of seawater out of subway tunnels, U.S. election officials are trying to ensure that next Tuesday's presidential election will occur as planned, and that absentee and early voting ballots will get counted. ...more
Thank you both for your comments. Yes, Maria, it does seem that we are being forced to defend ...more

Poll Pegs Black Support for Romney at Zero Percent

Pollwatchers nation-wide did a double-take Tuesday after reports of an NBC News/Wall Street Journal survey pegged African American support for that Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney at 0 percent, versus 94 percent for Pres. Barack Obama. The telephone survey queried 1000 registered voters and included about 110 black respondents. Romney also trailed Obama with among women, Hispanics and voters under 35....more
Thanks to all of you for the vigorous discussion. @Terri and @Laura - I'd love to dialogue with ...more

The High Cost of a Free Voter ID

On Friday, the Justice Department rejected South Carolina's photo ID law on the grounds it has a disparate impact on minority voters. Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights Thomas Perez wrote in a letter to South Carolina Deputy Attorney General Alan Wilson:...more
There are elderly people who don't have valid ID. My grandmother was one of them.more

Alice Paul's Equal Rights Amendment Back at the Plow

Yesterday, March 22, was World Water Day. That got a modicum of press. But did you know it was also the 39th anniversary of the date on which Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) passed out of the U. S. Congress and was sent to the states to be ratified? Probably not. And yet, if there is a resource women need as much as clean water, it must be the guarantee of equality under the law. ...more

There are laws already enacted to protect against discrimination. If a new attempt to pass ERA ...more

Don't Give Up Your Right to Vote

I don't profess to have all the answers to all the ills we are facing at the moment. But I do believe we are moving forward, albeit slowly. And I also believe everyone has a responsibility in that. EVERYONE -- as in you and me. Voting is one small action that lets your voice be heard. ...more

I just discovered that even though I'm registered to vote, I can't. It's because I'm traveling ...more

(VIDEO) Where Is the Evidence in the New Black Panther Party Voter Intimidation Case?

Just in time for the slow news cycle before the run-up to the midterm elections, a former U.S. Justice Department attorney's charge that racial bias motivated the DOJ's decision to scale back a voter intimidation case against the New Black Panther Party for Self Defense (NBPP) has FOX news and conservative bloggers in going for blood, liberal bloggers seeing conspiracies, and major mainstream news outlets and personalities falling over themselves to make up for not having pushed the story....more

Thanks for that amusing column, Karen. Denvir's report is consistent with what I was told by a ...more

Did You Celebrate Women's Equality Day?

Yesterday, August 26, was Women's Equality Day. (It also was my non-blogging friend's birthday, so a big shout out to Dr. P, who probably spent the day operating, as she is a surgeon. Which is a good way, I think, to celebrate women's equality, but as usual I digress.) RosieRed23 at Spare Candy explains that: ...more