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LBJ

The fiftieth anniversary celebrations of Johnson’s Great Society agenda should not overlook the travesties of the war. 

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

Kris Kobach, Republican secretary of state for Kansas. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)

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

Selma to Montgomery march, 1965. (Bruce Davidson/Magnum)

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

SCOTUS

The Supreme Court affirmed the rights of gay people just as it rode roughshod over the rights of African-Americans.

Supreme Court

Activists are already moving ‘from outrage to action’ in fighting the Supreme Court’s awful VRA decision.

Ari Berman on the Supreme Court's ruling in Arizona v. Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Greg Mitchell on the US media and Syria, Dave Zirin on the protests in Brazil

John Lewis

Nearly five decades after Bloody Sunday in Selma, he’s in the fight of his life, as the Supreme Court threatens to overturn his signature achievement.

Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama

Section 5 is as necessary today as it was in 1965, when Alabama state troopers beat freedom marchers in Selma.

Ballot

How many dysfunctional election cycles are we going to endure before we accept the necessity of this reform?

Blogs

DOJ’s aggressive defense of voting rights is one of the most important aspects of Holder’s tenure.

September 25, 2014

The federal government and civil rights groups want the state's anti-voting law blocked before the 2014 midterms. 

July 7, 2014

Why a forty-year-old plan for universal same-day registration makes more sense now than when reformers promoted it in the 1970s.

May 16, 2014

A presidential commission has proposed steps to make registering and voting easier. But it does not address the crisis of exceptionally low turnout.

January 22, 2014

An agenda of constitutional amendments, structural changes and referendum votes for raises and rights.

January 1, 2014

Pay attention when conservatives talk to one another: they reveal their sedulous plans.

September 26, 2013

The right to vote is under the most sustained attack since 1965, but civil rights activists are fighting back.

August 28, 2013

The VRA transformed American democracy. Now Congress must save it. 

August 6, 2013

But they heart the Gov, even as his most very special election suppresses the vote. 

June 11, 2013

Once Mark Sanford won the Republican primary, he was all but certain to win in a district drawn to elect Republicans. That’s how it works in America.

May 8, 2013