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50 Years After MLK's Selma March, We're Still Fighting For Voting Rights

50 Years After MLK's Selma March, We're Still Fighting For Voting Rights

By Molly Rugg, Paralegal, ACLU at 4:07pm
This year marks the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s historic 1965 march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, to demonstrate how vitally important it was that black Americans be able to exercise their fundamental right to vote. In Selma, people died, suffered bodily injury, and went to jail for that right. President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act into law a few months after the Selma march – but we're still fighting voter suppression on many fronts half a century later.
I Was Arrested for Voting

I Was Arrested for Voting

By Kelli Jo Griffin at 12:01pm

On Election Day in 2013, I took my four children with me to watch me register to vote and cast my ballot in a city election in my small town in Iowa. Earlier that day, my daughter's class learned about the meaning of democracy and the importance of…

For Some Convicted of Drug Offenses, the Punishment Never Ends

For Some Convicted of Drug Offenses, the Punishment Never Ends

By Julie Ebenstein, Staff Attorney, Voting Rights Project, ACLU at 4:42pm

Mass incarceration not only destroys families and mangles communities, it slowly erodes our democracy. Too many Americans convicted of nonviolent offenses, such as drug crimes, are punished with excessive prison sentences and then permanently ejected…

Blacking Out the Vote

Blacking Out the Vote

By Laura W. Murphy, Director, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 9:51am

This was originally posted on The Huffington Post.

Voters are facing an ugly surprise on their way to the voting booth on Tuesday. What most people don't realize is that since 2006, some 34 state legislatures have worked diligently to chip…

"One Man, One Vote": Nelson Mandela on Voting Rights

"One Man, One Vote": Nelson Mandela on Voting Rights

By Julie Ebenstein, Staff Attorney, Voting Rights Project, ACLU at 2:59pm

Last week, the world lost a great man, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela.

Madiba's uncompromising commitment to self-determination was a first principle of his struggle against apartheid and toward racial equality. In his first television interview…

Supreme Court Put a Dagger in the Heart of the Voting Rights Act

Supreme Court Put a Dagger in the Heart of the Voting Rights Act

By Deborah J. Vagins, ACLU Washington Legislative Office & Laughlin McDonald, Voting Rights Project at 1:54pm

While the 15th Amendment was adopted in 1870 and prohibited denial of the right to vote on account of race or color, in reality, many African-Americans were only able to vote within recent memory -- less than 50 years ago, with the passage of the Voting…

Happy Birthday 19th Amendment!

By James Freedland, ACLU at 5:12pm

As Schoolhouse Rock put it so succinctly:

Oh, we were suffering until suffrage, Not a woman here could vote, no matter what age, Then the 19th Amendment struck down that restrictive rule. (Oh yeah!)

It was 88 years ago today that the 19th…

Lewis Black

This Election Season, the ACLU Won Three of Five Against the Vote Suppressors

By Dale Ho, Director, Voting Rights Project, ACLU at 3:37pm

When voters in three states go to the polls tomorrow, they won’t have to deal with unnecessary burdens and restrictions before stepping into the voting booth and pulling the curtain behind them. That’s because the ACLU challenged five voter suppression…

Core Civil Liberties Threatened in State Legislatures: Three Trends to Watch

State legislatures are ground zero in the fight for civil liberties. Although they may not attract as much attention as debates in Congress or arguments in the Supreme Court, they are the source of unprecedented assaults on our most fundamental…

Voters Tell Politicians, "Just Let Us Vote"

Voters Tell Politicians, "Just Let Us Vote"

By Eunice Hyon Min Rho, ACLU at 4:25pm

We've seen a wave of voter suppression laws across the country in recent years, which many have rightly characterized as a cynical attempt by politicians to manipulate the rules of the game.

Yesterday, however, we heard directly from voters…