Groups sue over rights restoration  St. Augustine RecordTALLAHASSEE — An amendment to the Florida Constitution restoring voting rights to felons who have completed their sentences does not require payment of ...

Amendment 4: Flurry of legal arguments filed over rules allowing ex-felons to vote  Orlando SentinelIn a bundle of competing briefs filed with the state Supreme Court, Florida officials squared off against supporters of Amendment 4, which restores voting rights to ...

Groups dispute linking financial requirements, felons' rights - News  The LedgerTALLAHASSEE — An amendment to the Florida Constitution restoring voting rights to felons who have completed their sentences does not require payment of ...

Felons’ Voting Fight Ratchets Up At Florida Supreme Court  CBS MiamiTALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) — In a bundle of competing briefs filed with the state Supreme Court, Florida officials squared off this week against supporters ...

Local group works to register ex-felons to vote  FamuanPictured second to the left is Bob Rackleff founding member of Big Bend Voting Rights Project a political organization with three volunteers before they head ...

This civil rights-era bus was in a backyard on Johns Island. Now it's on display in D.C.  Charleston Post CourierThe 1966 Volkswagen Deluxe Station Wagon owned by activists Esau and Janie B. Jenkins had been sitting in a Johns Island backyard for decades. Now, the ...

Delay on Amendment 4's felon voting lawsuit sought by Ron DeSantis  Tampa Bay TimesThe Republican governor and Secretary of State Laurel Lee on Tuesday asked U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle to put the federal lawsuit on hold until the ...

Battle for felons' voting rights moves to paper arena in Florida  The FulcrumA stack of 10 briefs were filed this week at the state Supreme Court, which will hear oral arguments on whether alaw was improperly written to disenfranchise the ...

Fear, Silence and Inaction: Eroding Catholic Civil Rights  Church Militantby Robert Marshall • ChurchMilitant.com • September 19, 2019 14 Comments. The so-called Equality Act. You are not signed in as a Premium user; we rely on ...

Ossian Sweet house being preserved to reflect civil rights struggle  The Detroit NewsArtists are restoring the home on Detroit's east side to how it looked 94 years ago when the black doctor faced a mob trying to enforce segregation.

India: Restore Kashmir's Internet, Phones  Human Rights Watch(New York) – The Indian government's lengthy shutdown of the internet and telephones in Jammu and Kashmir inflicts disproportionate harm on the population ...

ACLU Lawyer Insists Florida Law Allowing Felons To Vote Is A Poll Tax Not Created By The Amendment  WFSUThe American Civil Liberties Union is challenging the constitutionality of a law that allows certain felons to vote but requires them to pay any fees.

Judge refuses to issue stay in felons' voting case  Fox 35 OrlandoTALLAHASSEE, Fla. (NEWS *SERVICE* FLORIDA) - A federal judge in Tallahassee has turned down Gov. Ron DeSantis' request to put on hold a challenge to a ...

Morrissey talks policy, says ‘no scores to settle’ in Senate  WTOPThe Democratic Party largely snubbed Joe Morrissey during the competitive Virginia primary, but now Democrats are sidling back with an eye to the January ...

Reggie Garcia, author of book on Department of Corrections banned list, to speak at bookstore  Tallahassee.comGarcia's book "How to Leave Prison Early" is included on a list of 20000 books banned by the Department of Corrections for use by Florida inmates.

AJC On Campus: Colleges & their pasts; Carter at Emory; battle over HBCU funding  Atlanta Journal ConstitutionAt Clayton State University it was a look at what was left behind by former students and others. Georgia Tech's new president grappled with questions about his ...

ACLU notes from Sacramento…parolee voting rights, police body cameras, etc.  Escondido GrapevineState Assembly votes to restore voting rights to nearly 50,000 Californians on parole. The California State Assembly passed Assembly Constitutional ...

'Cash register justice' in Florida still leaves many felons ineligible to vote  Florida BulldogBy Clarie GoForth - Despite the passage of Amendment 4 last year, Florida's 'cash register justice' leaves people like Rosemary McCoy ineligible to vote.

Lawsuit claims DMV rule about head coverings violates religious, civil liberties  Chicago Sun-TimesThe lawsuit's plaintiff said she felt pressured to sign the form last year at a driver's license facility in Rockford, and now fears losing her license if she's seen ...

Can a religious school fire a gay teacher? It's complicated.  NBC NewsWhile the majority of Americans across all religious groups support employment nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ people, the law is less straightforward.

Over 500 locations in one National Voter Registration Day drive  The FulcrumMore than 500 registration events will be held across the country Tuesday by the League of Women Voters.

In Florida, Fees, Fines From Felonies Means Disenfranchised  Juvenile Justice Information ExchangeTen years ago, Rosemary McCoy never would have imagined that today she'd be in a Jacksonville library, tears streaming down her face, as she tells a stranger ...

Hotel served black beachgoers in Jim Crow South Carolina. Here’s how it could be saved  Charlotte ObserverThe Pine Tree Hotel at Mosquito Beach on James Island, South Carolina, served black beachgoers during segregation and the civil rights era. It was damaged ...

Meet the reformer: Tiffany Muller, would-be vanquisher of big money  The FulcrumTiffany Muller is president and executive director of End Citizens United, a left-leaning political action committee working to overhaul and bolster regulation of the ...

Democratic 2020 hopefuls tout their pride at Iowa LGBTQ forum  NBC NewsThe LGBTQ Presidential Forum in Iowa featured 10 Democrats, including Biden, Warren, Buttigieg, Harris and others pitching voters on their plans for the ...

Youth climate action marches draw millions around the world  PBS NewsHourIn cities across the globe on Friday, protesters took to the streets to demand action on climate change. The demonstrations, easily the largest to focus on climate, ...

OIC condemns 'inhuman curfew'; calls for immediate restoration of civil liberties in occupied Kashmir  DAWN.comThe Organisation of Islamic Cooperation's (OIC) human rights commission on Tuesday strongly condemned the continuation of the "inhuman curfew and ...

Ron DeSantis seeks to put felons' voting lawsuit on hold  Florida PoliticsGov. Ron DeSantis and his administration want a federal judge to put on hold a challenge to a state law carrying out a constitutional amendment that restored ...

The Guardian view on the school climate strike: protests that matter  The GuardianEditorial: The youth climate movement has created a new sense of urgency. Adults, including politicians, must now focus on plotting a safer course.

Civil rights groups sue Florida over 'poll tax' law to restore felon voter rights  NBC NewsA group of civil rights organizations filed a lawsuit against the state of Florida Friday after Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill that would require felons to pay ...

Unlock the Vote campaign seeks to restore ex-offenders' voting rights  Milwaukee Journal SentinelRelease from incarceration opens a lot of doors, but for those who remain on probation, parole or extended supervision, access to the voting booths remains ...

Ossian Sweet defied segregation. Now his Detroit home will be a museum.  Bridge MichiganThe black doctor stood up to a white mob upset that he moved into their neighborhood, igniting one of the most important – and incendiary – housing ...

Must read: The man behind North Carolina gerrymandering  The FulcrumLast week, North Carolina's state legislative map was struck down by a three-judge panel that said it violated the state's constitution. And while ...

The Washington Monument is ready to shine again  Waco Tribune-HeraldThe monument, which has been closed for repairs, reopens Thursday because of David Rubenstein's largesse.

For Lasting Climate Change Solutions, It's Time to Listen to Young People of Color | Opinion  NewsweekIf the primarily wealthy, white activists gathering in New York really want to fight the climate crisis, they should hear what we have to say.

Historic locks on C&O Canal in Georgetown restored; canal boat next  WTOPTwo of the historic locks on the C&O Canal in Georgetown have been restored, which is a major step toward a return of the mule-drawn canal boat.

Governor Northam announces civil rights restored to over 10,000 Virginians  WTKR News 3RICHMOND – Governor Ralph Northam says that since he took office, his administration has restored the civil rights of 10,992 Virginians previously convicted of ...

Supreme Court to hear felons' rights dispute  Florida PoliticsThe Florida Supreme Court on Thursday agreed to take up a request by Gov. Ron DeSantis to consider whether a state law properly carries out a constitutional ...

Opinion: Doane will host strike for climate crisis  The Doane LineThis Friday, there will be over 750 climate strikes happening around the world, according to the Strike With Us Coalition. The Doane University Campus Corps ...

Meet the reformer: Daniel Schuman of Demand Progress  The FulcrumThe Fulcrum introduces you to Daniel Schuman, policy director for Demand Progress.

Mike Pence Once Said Being Gay Was a "Choice," Argued Laws Protecting LGBT People Unlike Those Based on Race  NewsweekThe White House recently said Vice President Mike Pence isn't "anti-gay" because of a scheduled lunch with the openly gay prime minister of Ireland, Leo ...

Lawsuits challenge constitutionality of Florida’s new Amendment 4 law  Vox.comGov. Ron DeSantis recently signed a law requiring people to pay fines, fees, and restitution before regaining the right to vote. A group of lawsuits say it's a "poll ...

Widespread poll closings found in places no longer subject to federal election oversight  The FulcrumAlmost 1700 polling places have been closed in counties that are no longer subject to federal oversight brought on by past voting discrimination, according to a ...

What's at Stake in the French-Ahmari Debate? | R. R. Reno  First ThingsOne wag has called it the “Franco-Persian War.” The debate between David French and Sohrab Ahmari has spurred a tremendous number of tweets and longer ...

Florida Prosecutors Fight GOP Voter Suppression  The InterceptThe GOP legislature is trying to take the vote away from people with past legal woes — and some prosecutors are looking for ways around a new restriction.

Indian opposition parties protest against Kashmir detentions  Aljazeera.comTop opposition figures in New Delhi call for release of arrested political leaders and end to communications blockade.

Maine first to approve ranked-choice voting for presidential general election  The FulcrumMainers will be the first voters in the country to use ranked-choice voting in a presidential general election, after Gov. Janet Mills announced she would accept ...

Wheaton College students sue Chicago after being told they can't evangelize in park  The Christian PostFour student evangelists from Wheaton College in Illinois are suing the Chicago city government over a set of rules that they say are restricting their freedom of ...

Restore laws banning 'pop-up' protests in Parliament Square, says ex terror chief  The TelegraphNew laws should be introduced to restore order in Parliament Square by barring “pop-up” protests that are becoming a “national embarrassment” and ...

Most Kentucky felons would have voting rights restored under new bill  Courier JournalMost convicted felons in Kentucky would have their voting rights automatically restored after completing their sentences, parole and probation under a bill filed ...

Let the People (of Florida) Vote  The New York TimesThis article is part of David Leonhardt's newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it each weekday. Winning civil rights is never easy. The fight can stretch on ...

Guest Article: Turning the New York Declaration on Forests to New York Action on Forests  IISD's SDG Knowledge HubWe are in a planetary emergency: forests hold the key to preventing a climate breakdown, but decisive action is needed from governments and companies.

Couple to restore Berkshires writing cabin of poet, civil rights activist James Weldon Johnson  The Boston GlobeRufus Jones and Jill Rosenberg Jones are working to restore the creative haven of James Weldon Johnson to advance and extend his legacy, as well as to ...

Schultz will spend a fortune on democracy reform instead of a presidential run  The FulcrumBillionaire Howard Schultz will spend more than $100 million fixing democracy instead of waging a presidential campaign, he announced Friday. If the former ...

UNHRC should be nonpartisan on civil rights  Times of IndiaThe concerns raised by United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet about mobile phone and Internet restrictions in Kashmir and ...

Is it a poll tax if felons have to pay court costs and fees to regain voting rights?  Miami HeraldRepublicans in the Florida Legislature advanced a bill that would require felons to pay back all court fees and costs before being eligible to vote, even if those ...

100+ democracy reform groups push Congress to overturn Citizens United  The FulcrumMore than 100 democracy reform organizations are making another attempt at convincing Congress to take action to limit the influence of big money in politics.

Civil rights groups join lawsuit to fight Kentucky's felon voter ban  Courier JournalKentucky has some of the nation's highest rates of residents who can't vote because of felony convictions — but a recent federal lawsuit is seeking to change ...

What the FEC can (but mostly cannot) do with only three regulators on the job  The FulcrumThe start of September marks a grim new chapter for the Federal Election Commission. With Vice Chairman Matthew Petersen departing at the end of last month, ...

Civil Rights Advocates Consider Litigation Over Voting Rights Restoration Bills | Daily Business Review  Law.comProposed legislation in the Florida House and Senate have some gearing up for potential lawsuits over the right of ex-felons' voting rights.

Florida Felons Once Denied Rights Begin Registering to Vote  The New York TimesTuesday marked the first day for former felons in Florida to register in vote, following a historic ballot measure that restored their rights.

Religious Crusaders at the Supreme Court’s Gates  The New York TimesConservative justices appear eager to take on a subject at the heart of the country's culture wars.

Partisan gerrymander landmark: N.C. court says state districts violate state constitution  The FulcrumNorth Carolina's state legislative district lines are so contorted to favor Republicans that they violate the state constitution, a panel of three state judges ruled ...

Gerrymandering opponents to expand the fight after North Carolina victory  The FulcrumExultant crusaders against partisan gerrymandering are vowing to hold North Carolina politicians' feet to the fire until the state's legislative maps are drawn more ...

Kashmir Updates: Governor Satya Pal Malik lists how life has improved after Article 370 move  India TodayA delegation of opposition leaders, including Rahul Gandhi, which wanted to visit Kashmir Valley to take stock of the situation thereafter the abrogation of Article ...

'This could be their home,' work continues to restore civil rights icon, Rev. Ralph Abernathy's former church  11Alive.com WXIAThe initial funds have allowed us to clean the abatement process, mold, asbestos and mildew," Annette Abernathy said.

Amendment 4 in Florida restored voting rights to felons. Now that's back in doubt.  NBCNews.comOn Thursday, Florida lawmakers voted along party lines to advance a bill that could bar from the ballot box many of the estimated 1.5 million convicted felons ...

Amendment 4: Florida House passes bill requiring ex-felons pay civil judgments before rights restored  Orlando SentinelIn one of the most-divisive issues of the 2019 legislative session, the House on Wednesday approved a plan for carrying out a constitutional amendment ...

What 1860 and 1968 can teach America about the 2020 presidential election  The FulcrumSarat is a professor of jurisprudence and political science at Amherst College. *Fresh* evidence of the nastiness and divisiveness of the 2020 presidential election ...

Politics cloud felon voting rights restoration in Florida  ReutersTAMPA, Fla. (Reuters) - Elections officials across Florida say they expect former felons to flock to their offices to register to vote next month when a newly passed ...

Florida civil rights groups file suit claiming new felons voting law is 'racially discriminatory'  Orlando WeeklyShortly after Gov. Ron DeSantis signed an omnibus elections bill Friday, a coalition of voting-rights and civil-rights groups announced they had filed a federal ...

Why the ACLU Is Suing Florida For Its New Poll Tax  ACLUOn November 6, 2018, nearly 65 percent of Florida voters—more than 5 million people—resoundingly approved Amendment 4, restoring voting rights to over a ...

Shelby County v. Holder: the state of voting rights 6 years later  Vox.comOn the sixth anniversary of the pivotal Supreme Court ruling, civil rights groups say its time to fully restore the Voting Rights Act.

The Fight for Voting Rights in Florida Isn’t Over  The New YorkerDaniel A. Gross writes about Amendment 4, which restored the voting rights of Florida residents with felony convictions, and Senate Bill 7066, which Florida's ...

Wheaton college students sue city of Chicago after being stopped from evangelising  ChristianTodayFour student evangelists from Wheaton College in Illinois are suing Chicago city over a set of rules that they say are restricting their freedom of speech and ...

Northam announces voting rights restoration to 10K convicted felons  WHSVMore than 10000 people have had their right to vote restored since Gov. Ralph Northam took office, the governor announced Tuesday.

Civil rights groups go to court to block implementation of controversial felon voting rights law  Florida PhoenixCivil rights organizations filed a motion for a preliminary injunction in federal court on Friday to block the implementation of a voting rights law signed by Gov.

Florida Amendment 4 results: ex-felon voting rights restored via ballot initiative  Vox.comFlorida voters during Tuesday's midterm elections approved Amendment 4, automatically restoring voting rights in the state for people previously convicted of ...

Florida House passes bill that would require ex-felons pay all fees before exercising voting rights  CNNThe Republican-controlled Florida House passed a bill Wednesday that would restore voting rights for ex-felons on the condition that they first pay all fees, fines ...

Doing more time: Ex-felons face long odds, long wait to restore voting rights  Cronkite NewsThe years paying off their debt to society is just the starr for ex-felons who are trying to regain their votiing rights - they face more years and hurdles in Arizona, ...

Green Strategy: Building the movement to stop climate change  People's WorldThe following is an excerpt from Marc Brodine's new book, Green Strategy: Path to Fundamental Transformation, available from International Publishers. The key ...

Confusion clouds restoration of Florida felons' voting rights  Tampa Bay TimesSARASOTA — Florida voters spoke clearly four weeks ago: They restored the right to vote to most convicted felons who complete their sentences. When it ...

Exeter Police recover stolen truck for young fire survivor  Wilkes Barre Times-LeaderExeter Police Patrolman Tyler Atherholt drives Jasper Hudock's motorized truck to a vehicle to deliver it to the Hudock home. - Aimee Dilger | Times Leader.

Nanticoke man pleads guilty to sex assault  Wilkes Barre Times-LeaderWILKES-BARRE — A Nanticoke man pleaded guilty to choking and sexually assaulting a woman in April 2018. Peter Nicholas Kolacz, 33, of West Church ...

New elections law 'a throwback to Jim Crow-era policies,' say voting rights advocates  Orlando WeeklyChief U.S. District Judge Mark Walker held an initial telephone hearing Friday in what could be a drawn-out legal battle over a portion of the new elections law ...

Here's what you haven't heard about restoring ex-felons' voting rights: Analysis  Orlando SentinelThe analysis "Civil Rights Restoration in Florida and Amendment 4" addresses some of the glaring gaps in the public discourse on ex-felons' rights and more.

Florida Republicans limit Amendment 4’s expansion of voting rights  Vox.comAfter weeks of debate and over the objection of several voting and civil rights groups, the Florida Legislature has passed a measure requiring people with felony ...

Cory Booker swipes at Bernie Sanders over restoring voting rights for felons in prison  CNNSen. Cory Booker on Monday called out Sen. Bernie Sanders over his support for restoring voting rights to convicted felons still serving prison time, drawing a ...

The Florida GOP's Assault on Democracy  The NationLast fall, voters overwhelmingly passed a referendum giving the vote back to felons who complete their sentences. Now the legislature is trying to block it.

Florida Law Throws Voter Rights Restoration into Chaos  brennancenter.orgThe new law makes it impossible for returning citizens to know whether they are eligible to vote.

Miami-Dade County helps poverty-stricken felons with restoration of voting rights  WPLG Local 10Anthony Hannah wants to be able to vote in the 2020 presidential election and some members of the the Miami-Dade County legal community want to make ...

Why the restoration of felons’ voting rights in Florida is a big deal  The EconomistAmendment 4 is a boon for democracy in the Sunshine State.

‘To people, they’re a nuisance,’ but to Jim ‘Mothman’ Steffen, the insects are the key to saving a 100-acre fo  Chicago TribuneJim Steffen, the Mothman of Glencoe, the champion of McDonald Woods, a Chicago Botanic Garden ecologist for the past 30 years, as well as the co-author of ...

Fines and fees provisions at odds with the language and intent of Amendment 4 | Commentary  Orlando SentinelThe debate over whether voting rights should be restored after fines and fees are paid misses the original intent of Florida's Amendment 4.

‘A joyous day’ ahead as 1.4 million Florida ex-felons have voting rights restored  Washington PostSARASOTA — One of the largest enfranchisements of U.S. citizens in the past century begins Tuesday in Florida, and many of the more than 1.4 million ...

Amendment to restore Virginia felons’ voting rights dies along party lines  WTKR News 3For now, Virginia will remain among a trio of states -- joining only Kentucky and Iowa -- with a lifetime ban on voting rights for people convicted of a felony.

Florida GOP could limit Amendment 4’s expansion of voting rights  Vox.comLast year, Amendment 4 restored voting rights to more than 1 million people with felony records. The Florida House passed a bill requiring them to pay all court ...

His gun rights were restored in Virginia after serving a sentence. Now he can't buy a gun in Wisconsin  Milwaukee Journal SentinelA former Virginia resident's felony conviction there prohibits him from having a gun in Wisconsin despite having that right restored in Virginia, the Court of ...

Restoration of Birmingham's AG Gaston Motel, a "sacred" civil rights landmark, is underway  Bham NowToday, the city of Birmingham announced it is restoring one of the civil rights movement's most treasured landmarks - the A.G. Gaston Motel.

Academics Won't Reclaim 'American Excellence' From Bad Ideas  The FederalistThe new book by Anthony Kronman, 'The Assault on American Excellence,' bizarrely avoids placing the blame on academics, where it squarely belongs.