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Ari Berman

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Ari Berman

Ari Berman

Ari Berman, a contributing writer for The Nation magazine and an Investigative Journalism Fellow at The Nation Institute, is working on a book about voting rights since 1965. He has written extensively about American politics, foreign policy and the intersection of money and politics. His stories have also appeared in the New York Times, Rolling Stone and The Guardian, and he is a frequent guest and political commentator on MSNBC, C-Span and NPR. His first book, Herding Donkeys: The Fight to Rebuild the Democratic Party and Reshape American Politics, was published in October 2010 by Farrar, Straus, and Giroux—for whom he is now working on a history of voting rights. He graduated from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University with a degree in journalism and political science.  

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News and Features

Democrats face significant obstacles in the fight to strengthen voting rights.

Voters in fourteen states faced new restrictions, and in several races, disenfranchised voters could have changed the outcome.

Got it covered… block that vote!… Berman replies… smarter than yeast?… the rich shall inherit… climate poem for Naomi…

Voters in fourteen states—many with tight races—will face new restrictions at the polling booth for the first time in November.

This multiracial, multi-issue progressive coalition is not only remobilizing in North Carolina—its model of activism is now spreading all over the South.

Some states are reviving disenfranchisement schemes that date back to the antebellum South.

A history of the fight for voting rights and the movement to restrict them once again.

As the Republican Party becomes whiter and more Southern, obstructionist tactics are inevitable.

As an investigative journalism student, I helped uncover proof that should have cleared Anthony McKinney’s name. Instead, he died in prison.

Blogs

The shooting of a civil rights activist by an Alabama state trooper led to the passage of the Voting Rights Act.
This Saturday, progressive activists in North Carolina are holding a major “Moral March on Raleigh.”
The right to vote is under the most sustained attack since King marched from Selma to Montgomery.
It took MLK’s activism and LBJ’s leadership to pass the Voting Rights Act.
The number of voters impacted by new voting restrictions exceeded the margin of victory in close races in North Carolina, Kansas, Virginia...
Voter suppression efforts in key swing states could determine who controls the Senate and other crucial races.  
Watch Ari Berman speak to Bill Moyers about the restrictive voter ID law in Texas.
In three of four major voting rights cases in the past month, the Supreme Court has ruled to restrict voting rights.