February 27, 2013 / BY FANNA GAMAL Black History Month: All eyes are on SCOTUS today as they hear VRA arguments

In 1965, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. led a march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, drawing attention to the plight of Black voters in the South. The non-violent resistors who marched that day were met with violent and angry opposition from state troopers who attacked the peaceful protestors with clubs and tear gas as white onlookers cheered. The event came to be known as "Bloody Sunday" and would inspire President Lyndon B. Johnson to sign the Voting Rights Act later that year.

Yesterday, the legislative battle to protect voting rights returned to Alabama as the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the landmark case, Shelby County vs. Holder.

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February 13, 2013 / BY FANNA GAMAL Black History Month: Why Section 5 Matters

Considered by many to be "the heart" of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, Section 5 provides key protections to minority voters. This Black History Month, ColorOfChange is building a community of knowledge around the Shelby County vs. Holder Case Among other things, the landmark case contests the necessity of Section 5, and will be brought before SCOTUS at the end of the month.

Throughout the 2012 Presidential election, our members fought against discriminatory voter ID laws and voter intimidation. While many of the states enacting these laws were not covered by Section 5, the work it took to push back against threats to voters — particularly voters of color — speaks to the continued need for a legal shield against voter discrimination.

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February 06, 2013 / BY FANNA GAMAL This Black History Month: ColorOfChange is watching the Supreme Court

This Black History Month, ColorofChange has decided to focus our attention on one of the most significant Supreme Court cases in recent history: Shelby County, Alabama vs. HolderAt the end of this month, SCOTUS will hear oral arguments in the case that seeks to invalidate Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. 

The Voting Rights Act is arguably the most important legislative outcome of the Civil Rights Movement and Section 5 of the act, which provides key protections to minority voters, is widely held up as its key provision. This month, we will be discussing the significance and context of the Shelby County case. We know these legislative victories were hard won battles, but if the 2012 election taught us anything, it was that we must remain vigilant when it comes to voting rights in the Black community.

Help us build an informed and powerful community around this case. 

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November 13, 2012 / BY LYLA BUGARA Supreme Court agrees to hear Voting Rights Act challenges

Last week, the United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) confirmed that it will rule on a case which threatens the core of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The case, brought forth by Shelby County, AL, specifically questions section 5 of the law and the constitutionality of Congress' 2006 decision to renew the legislation for an additional 25 years.

The Voting Rights Act is considered one of the most important and effective pieces of civil rights legislation and remains crucial to maintaining suffrage for people of color. Challenges to the law are not new, but the Court's acceptance of the case raises substantial concerns for voting rights advocates. 

 

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September 10, 2012 / BY CAMPAIGN STAFF New Hampshire Voter ID law approved

New Hampshire has just joined the ranks of the over thirty states whose voter ID laws have passed legal muster. Earlier this month, a federal court found that New Hampshire's voter ID law does not violate Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act.

The law is considered less "strict" in its requirements than those in other states such as Texas, whose legislation was recently shot down in court. If voters do not arrive at the polls with the proper ID they will not be forced to cast a provisional ballot. Instead you they will be able to sign a"challenged voter affidavit" declaring their identity and eligibility to vote before casting an official ballot.

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December 15, 2011 / BY CAMPAIGN STAFF AG Holder to investigate state voter ID laws

On Tuesday, Attorney General Eric Holder announced that the U.S. Department of Justice will work to combat attacks on voter rights. Holder said that he plans to conduct a comprehensive "ongoing review of these and other state law changes" and pointed to Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act and his office's power to challenge discriminatory laws.

For the nearly 5 million Americans who face disenfranchisement in 2012, the stakes couldn't be higher. 

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