Errin Haines Whack, Ap National Writer Updated 9:34 am PST, Thursday, March 7, 2019 FILE - In this pool image from video, Stacey Abrams delivers the Democratic party's response to President Donald Trump's State of the Union address, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019 from Atlanta. Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp served as the state’s chief election officer while he ran for governor in 2018. Abrams has alleged he mismanaged the election which she narrowly lost, an allegation which Kemp denies. (Pool video image via AP) less FILE - In this pool image from video, Stacey Abrams delivers the Democratic party's response to President Donald Trump's State of the Union address, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019 from Atlanta. Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp ... more Photo: AP Photo: AP Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of … [Read more...] about Battling over voting rights, Dems, GOP have 2020 in sight
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Sen. Doug Jones, the first Democrat to represent Alabama in the Senate in 25 years, urged his congressional colleagues to "put some teeth back" in the landmark Voting Rights Act of 1965, saying he believes Republican lawmakers across the country are working to suppress African-American votes. "You have to look at the state legislatures, governors and members of Congress that are Republicans," Jones said on "Face the Nation" Sunday. "For whatever reason they do not want African-Americans and other minorities to vote." "Rather than trying to get those votes, they seem to want to restrict those votes," he added. Transcript: Sen. Doug Jones on "Face the Nation," March 3, 2019 Last week, House and Senate Democrats introduced legislation to restore a provision of the Voting Rights Act struck down by the Supreme Court in the controversial Shelby County v. Holder ruling in 2013. That ruling required certain jurisdictions with a history of voter … [Read more...] about Jones calls on Congress to “put some teeth” back in the Voting Rights Act
MARTIN Luther King Jr. was an iconic civil rights activist who believed in non-violent protest. The Baptist minister was a key player in the American civil rights movement from the mid-1950s until his assassination in 1968. Who was Martin Luther King Jr? Born on January 15, 1929, Martin Luther King Jr was a social activist who sought equality and human rights for African Americans, the socially and economically disadvantaged and victims of injustice. He advocated peaceful protest and was the driving force behind both the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the 1963 March on Washington. The March actually helped bring about such landmark legislation as the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 and is honoured each year on Martin Luther King Jr Day, which has been a federal holiday in the USA since 1986. What was Martin Luther King Jr’s background? Martin Luther King Jr was born in Atlanta, Georgia and was the second child of pastor Martin … [Read more...] about Where was Martin Luther King assassinated, who was the civil rights activist and what are his most memorable quotes?
Juana Summers, Associated Press Updated 9:52 pm PST, Tuesday, December 11, 2018 FILE - In this Sept. 27, 2018, file photo, Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., listens to Christine Blasey Ford testify during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an associate justice of the Supreme Court in Washington. Democrats are trying to turn their most painful losses this year into a rallying cry they hope will electrify the 2020 presidential campaign: Every vote matters. (Tom Williams/Pool Photo via AP) less FILE - In this Sept. 27, 2018, file photo, Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., listens to Christine Blasey Ford testify during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an ... more Photo: Tom Williams, AP Photo: Tom Williams, AP … [Read more...] about Democrats focus on voting rights ahead of 2020 primary
Beth LeBlanc The Detroit News Published 4:14 p.m. UTC Jul 11, 2018 A Detroit Democrat running for former U.S. Rep. John Conyers Jr.’s open seat is proposing sweeping changes to the nation’s Civil Rights Act if elected. Former State Rep. Rashida Tlaib said Wednesday she wants to target policies that disproportionately affect people of color, tighten the Title IX law and end the overuse of mandatory arbitration in corporate discrimination cases. The first Muslim woman elected to the Michigan Legislature and a lawyer for the Sugar Law Center for Economic & Social Justice, Tlaib is one of six candidates in a crowded Democratic primary race to replace Conyers, who resigned in December amid sexual harassment allegations by former staffers. She could be the first Muslim woman to serve in Congress. Among her Democratic opponents are Detroit City Council President Brenda Jones, state Sen. Ian Conyers of Detroit, former state Rep. Shanelle Jackson of Detroit, Westland … [Read more...] about Tlaib proposes changes to Civil Rights Act