“Minority Voters Purged From Polls” “Arkansas Voter ID Law Upheld” Each day seems to bring new reports on attacks on citizens’ right to vote, especially African Americans and people of color. Most of us react in one of two ways – flight or fight.
Flight looks like getting depressed, complaining to friends and maybe taking refuge in a social media bubble of like-minded thinkers.
Fight looks like taking constructive action. You can register voters, write post cards, canvass minority neighborhoods, phone or text bank.
Don’t have much time? Can’t drive to the meeting? No worries. Call voters in suppression states from the comfort of your couch! For a little while or a lot – you decide. For more info, see Reclaim Our Vote.
Join the fight for voter rights, right now. November 6 is approaching fast. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up.
OMG! I’ve voted in California for decades, and founded the National Voter Corps. How can I possibly be “unregistered?!” Continue reading “What Do You Mean I’m Not Registered?!”
A shameful achievement – Alabama illustrates 7 ways to limit the right to vote: Continue reading “Alabama’s Shameful Achievement”
Prison inmates are largely ignored when it comes to voter registration efforts. Most people – including prisoners themselves– assume they are ineligible to vote. While convicted felons cannot vote, inmates who are awaiting trial (and therefore innocent until proven guilty) or serving time for misdemeanors are actually qualified to register and vote. Continue reading “A Unique (but much needed) Approach to Voter Registration”
Are you frustrated by low voter turnout and attempts to suppress voting? Here’s a ridiculously easy way to join the fight…come to a party and donate.
Mi Familia Vota is a national civic engagement organization that unites Latino, immigrant and allied communities to promote social and and economic justice through citizenship workshops, voter registration and voter participation. (Check out their Introduction video.) Continue reading “Mi Familia Vota in California’s Central Valley”
It seems just about every day, we hear about new constraints making it more difficult for citizens to vote. These barriers are being raised by state governments controlled by Republicans. Several Republican legislators have even bragged that they have reduced voter turnout among Democrats. Many Republican-controlled legislatures have enacted laws crafted for them by a single right-wing organization, the “American Legislative Exchange Council.” So, in light of this unpatriotic behavior by members of one political party, why is the National Voter Corps non-partisan?
Continue reading “Why is the NVC Non-Partisan?”
In October the Supreme Court will begin deliberations on a ruling that could change the toxic environment of our politics. In the much-anticipated case of Whitford vs. Gill, the court will review the redistricting plan of Wisconsin, which a panel of three federal judges ruled was unconstitutional. Continue reading “How Politicians Pick Who You Vote For”
At times in the not so distant past, our nation has criminalized activity that we now at least tolerate. It has been a felony to criticize our government, to marry outside of one’s race, to make wine, to engage in some forms of sex with one’s spouse, to belong to the Communist Party, to be a homosexual, and much else. In some states, if you were found guilty of violating one of these laws, you would have lost forever your right to vote. Moreover, laws have been made that criminalize activities thought to be more common among certain people for the purpose of catching some of them breaking these laws and then disenfranchising them. In particular such laws have been devised to deny voting rights to black Americans.
Continue reading “Should Felons be Allowed to Vote?”