GOP Voter ID Laws: The Right’s New Poll Tax

By: Tuesday November 8, 2011 1:45 pm

The 2012 campaign season may well bring the harshest attack on voting rights in decades. In a new video released today by the Advancement Project and Brave New Films, a blitz of new voter identification restrictions has flooded state legislatures, threatening to disenfranchise millions of voters. in Chicago: Justice for the Cook County Ten

By: Friday September 2, 2011 5:30 am

This week, I joined Chicago-area members to deliver more than 66,000 petition signatures to the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office. The petition demands that State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez immediately acknowledge the innocence of 10 falsely accused Black men (known as the Cook County 10) and agree to vacate the convictions of nine who were convicted for crimes they didn’t commit.

Accountability: Who Else Will Go the Way of Congressman Bobby Rush?

By: Wednesday January 26, 2011 7:15 pm

No member of Congress is beyond reproach. Every member of Congress should be open scrutiny of their record, and every member should be judged by his or her record. It’s critical to an effective democracy.

Last week, Congressman Bobby Rush’s record of carrying water for big telecom corporations — at the expense of the communities he represents — came back to haunt him when he lost his bid to become Ranking Member of the subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet. Rep. Rush had been almost certain to get the position until more than 16,000 members opposed his candidacy because of his record of advocating against net neutrality.

Why are Some Civil Rights Groups and Leaders on the Wrong Side of Net Neutrality?

By: Thursday January 28, 2010 3:45 pm

It’s said that politics creates strange bedfellows. I was reminded how true this can be when I traveled to D.C. in recent weeks to figure out why several advocacy groups and legislators with histories of advocating for minority interests are lining up with big telecom companies in opposition to the FCC’s efforts to pass “Net Neutrality” rules.

Most unsettling about their position is the argument that maintaining Net Neutrality could widen the digital divide.

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