Hanging In the Balance: Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act

This blog entry is cross posted at Project Vote's Voting Matters Blog

By Erin Ferns and Donald Wine II

In 1965 the course of American democracy changed when the Voting Rights Act was enacted to ensure proper enforcement of the 15th Amendment of the United States Constitution, which grants equal voting rights to people of color.  While many strides have been made since the VRA's enactment, including rising voter participation among the nation's historically underrepresented citizens, voting rights advocates argue that it is still a long road to truly non-discriminatory voting practices and a balanced electorate.  Now, the course of American democracy may change again as the U.S. Supreme court is considering a high profile case that challenges the constitutionality of a key provision of the VRA.

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Weekly Immigration Wire: Enforcement Creates Aura of Criminality

by Nezua, TMC MediaWire Blogger

The Latino/a community has had ample reason to hope that President Obama would take on immigration reform in a humane manner. While Obama is undeniably centrist in his political approach, and has long been fond of language stressing punitive solutions to the immigration issue, he certainly seems to understand that "America is changing and we can't be threatened by it." Enforcement policies are becoming a threat, not only to immigrants, but the country at large.

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Sexism: The mother of all 'isms'.

Sexism is the 'gateway 'ism'', that makes all other 'isms' possible.  It precedes all other forms of discrimination, setting the example that there are some people that view others as inferior and they use brutality upon them.  What I mean by that is that because our family and society models are built around the model of inequality, injustice and brutality - we accept that behavior as normal.  So, too is racism, classism, speciesism and any other oppression by one group toward another.  The behaviors of sexism are the behaviors of bullying, injustice, intolerance and cruelty.

(Cross posted at The National Gadfly)

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The Bigots I Love

Cross-posted at Motley Moose.

I moved away from my small hometown in West Virginia more than seven years ago and vowed never to return for anything other than a visit. Less than two weeks ago, I made such a visit under very unpleasant circumstances--to say goodbye to a dying relative. At her funeral, I was reunited with family and old friends I hadn't seen in many years. Most of them were from the evangelical church I attended as a child. We hugged and kissed and prayed and through the tears, tried to catch up and pledged to keep in touch. I love those people and they love me. And most of them are bigots.

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So America Isn't So Homophobic?

(Proudly cross-posted at C4O Democrats)

I guess not. Believe it or not, most Americans don't hate queer people.

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