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Civil Rights and Race Relations in America and Their Impact on the Lives of African Americans
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LDF is pleased that the Georgia Legislature, in a significant move, failed to pass HB 891, a bill that would have reduced drastically early voting in city and town elections from 21 to, incredibly, just 6 days. Just three years ago, the legislature reduced the early voting period for all elections in Georgia from 45 days to 21 days.
New York Voting Rights Organizations Urge Governor Cuomo To Promptly Order Special Election For 12 Vacant Legislative Seats3/18/14
New York, NY—Twelve legislative seats in the New York State Assembly and State Senate are currently vacant, depriving approximately 1.8 million New Yorkers, over 800,000 of whom are people of color, of their fundamental right to representation.
Yesterday, on Warren Olney's public radio program "To The Point", Vincent Southerland talked about the devastating effects of mass incarceration on African-American communities, families, and lives. He highlighted recent efforts by President Obama and Attorney General Holder, as well as conservatives like Senator Rand Paul, to end our decades-long addiction to mass incarceration. But, as Vincent argued, we should do so for moral and ethical reasons, not just budgetary concerns.
This week the United States Congress introduced critically important new legislation, the Fair Employment Protection Act. The measure, introduced by Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Tom Harkin (D-IA) in the Senate, and Representatives George Miller (D-CA) and Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) in the House of Representatives, seeks to restore workplace protections against unlawful harassment that were recently weakened by the United States Supreme Court.