Change does not happen by making the decision not to vote. To be sure, social progress occurs outside of the voting booth, but failing to vote has never, ever itself been a vehicle for such social progress.
This year, we will hold the first presidential election in 50 years without the full protection of the Voting Rights Act. Not coincidentally, 17 states will have new restrictions on voting in effect that were not in place during the last presidential election.
It's time for Congress to get serious about protecting the voting rights of all Americans. Dr. King wouldn't expect any less from us.
The first phase in Alabama was passing a strict voter ID law. The second phase was to close down more than 90 percent of DMV offices. The third phase may involve restricting voting to just four spots, unless the trend is reversed. And your state may be the next one to emulate Alabama.
As we commemorate this singular achievement of the Civil Rights Movement and think about the inspiring stories of the people who worked to pass this legislation, the Fair Elections Legal Network (FELN) sought to revisit the numbers behind the VRA's most innovative and transformative provision.
The scarring of war and poverty and racism that Malcolm X spoke of continues. It's time that students learn about the long history of activism that has challenged these deadly triplets.
The Confederate Battle flag -- an emblem of hate, bigotry and racism -- was lowered in South Carolina earlier this month. While taking down this banner of oppression is a good step, it's really nothing more than a symbolic gesture.
The flag goes down and the bars go up. There's a nice synchronicity to it. Of course it was nothing more than a coincidence. The efforts to raise the bar have been going on at least as long as the efforts to lower the Confederate flag.
"The 2014 data is instructive, but the harm to voters will be greater in a presidential cycle just because you have a larger
Both Illinois and Vermont passed bills allowing for same-day voter registration. Fourteen states now allow their citizens