Civil rights groups sue Florida over 'poll tax' law to restore felon voter rights  NBC NewsGov. DeSantis signs bill to restore felon voting rights; civil rights groups sue  Florida PhoenixFlorida Governor Signs Bill Requiring Felons To Pay Off Fines Before They Can Vote  HuffPostFlorida Limits Ex-Felon Voting, Prompting a Lawsuit and Cries of ‘Poll Tax’  The New York TimesGov. Ron DeSantis signs Florida election bill; groups sue over voting rights  Tallahassee.comView full coverage on Google News

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.

HHS Office for Civil Rights Proposes Changes to Section 1557 Rules: What Health Care Providers Need to Know  JD SupraOn May 24, 2019, the Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) announced its proposed changes to the regulations issued under Section 1557 of the ...

Florida Governor Introduces a Poll Tax, Curtailing Amendment 4  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 ...

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.

“Religious Freedom” Laws Are Unraveling Civil Rights as We Know It  Truthout"Moral convictions" and individual conscience are being used as a form of assimilation and control.

Voting Rights Group Raising Money To Pay Former Convicts’ Fees  CBS MiamiORLANDO (CBSMiami/AP) – A voting rights group is raising money to help former Florida felons pay their outstanding fees and fines that could prevent them ...

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 ...

Opinion: We need both advocacy and bipartisanship to fix our criminal justice system.  Eastern EchoThose advocating for the abolition of prisons have important things to say - and we all should listen to create a network of alternatives to our unjust system.

The Complicated Collision of Criminal Justice Reform and Gun Rights  The TraceIdeological lines get tangled when reforming the system means people once barred from owning firearms can get them back.

Republican attack on voting rights restoration amendment faces lawsuit  The South Florida TimesGAINESVILLE, Fla. — The American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU of Florida, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, and Brennan Center for Justice at ...

Tampa State Attorney's Proposed 'Rocket Docket' Would Help Ex-offenders Get Voting Rights Back  Juvenile Justice Information ExchangeLast November, Florida voters passed an amendment to the state constitution that automatically restores the right to vote to people convicted of felonies (except ...

Florida makes the restoration of voting rights contingent on criminal debt payments  NationofChangeFlorida Gov. Ron DeSantis has signed a measure approved by state lawmakers that makes the restoration of voting rights for people convicted of felonies ...

Rights Groups Sue After Florida Gov. Signs Bill Curbing Voter-Mandated Felon Re-enfranchisement  Democracy Now!Florida's Republican Governor Ron DeSantis signed a bill Friday requiring formerly incarcerated people with felony convictions to repay all fines and fees to ...

In Knick v. Township of Scott, a restoration for civil liberty  Washington ExaminerIn the famous 1803 case of Marbury v. Madison, Chief Justice John Marshall wrote, “The very essence of civil liberty certainly consists in the right of every ...

Felon Voter Registration Continues As Advocacy Group Raises Money To Pay Fees And Fines  WFSUThousands of felons throughout the state are now eligible to vote, thanks to Amendment 4 and Governor Ron DeSantis signing the implementing bill into law.

Federal judge recuses himself from felon voting case — and takes a shot at Broward elections supervisor  Sun SentinelThe federal judge overseeing a legal challenge to the new Florida law on felon voting rights recused himself from the case – and said Broward Supervisor of ...

Some felons have two options to regain voting rights  Glasgow Daily TimesEditor's note: This is the second in a two-part series. The first report was about removal of voting rights for felons, and this one is about how that right can.

I regret to inform you that Trump’s lawyers are right about a crucial civil rights case  ThinkProgressOn Friday, the Trump administration asked the Supreme Court to take up a case involving Muslim men who were allegedly harassed and intimidated by FBI ...

Groups quickly challenge Florida over felons rights law  Palm Beach PostTALLAHASSEE — Shortly after Gov. Ron DeSantis signed an omnibus elections bill Friday, a coalition of voting-rights and civil-rights groups announced they ...

How to fight the spread of voter suppression | TheHill  The HillThe Supreme Court's 2013 Shelby v. Holder decision gutted the Voting Rights Act, the most effective tool to prevent racial discrimination in our elections that the ...

The Road to the World Cup Began With Title IX  The NationPlayers of the US Women's National Team celebrate winning the women's world cup on July 7, 2019. (Reuters / Bernadett Szabo) ...

Ukraine fury as Russia gets back Council of Europe voting rights  BBC NewsFive years after Russia had its voting rights removed because of the annexation of Crimea from Ukraine, the Council of Europe's parliamentary assembly has ...

Architect: Notre Dame far from safe for restoration work  KATUPARIS (AP) — A French architect says that Notre Dame Cathedral still isn't safe enough for restoration work to begin, more than three months after a devastating ...

Birmingham Celebrates Historic A.G. Gaston Motel Anniversary  WBHMReverend Martin Luther King Jr. often planned strategy for the civil rights movement in room 30 at the A.G. Gaston Motel. For others, it was a place for wedding.

Descendants of slaves and slave owners discover legacy of Maryland’s Sotterley Plantation  The Washington PostFor years, tour guides at Sotterley Plantation would show the manor house and skip over the slave cabin on the property. Tour groups were not told that as many ...

House Takes Up Bill to Quash Religious-Motivated Bias  Courthouse News ServiceWASHINGTON (CN) – Pushing for the government to stop protecting those who wield their faiths to hurt others, a civil rights lawyer urged House lawmakers ...

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 ...

2 Jacksonville women join voting rights federal lawsuit  WJXT News4JAX Two Jacksonville women are part of a federal lawsuit challenging a new state law.

Old windows shine light on Stevenson Hall restoration challenge  KCAWPosted by Nina Sparling | Jun 25, 2019. Stevenson Hall The Sitka Summer Music Festival first started using Stevenson Hall in 1972. The Festival finally ...

Amendment 4 exposes state's 'broken' data system, implementation law's architect says  Tallahassee.comA Florida-based civil rights group has launched an effort to help felons navigate the Amendment 4 voter registration process and implementation law. But one of ...

Chairman Scott Issues Statement at Hearing on Religious Freedom Restoration Act  Insurance News NetThe Education and Labor Committee issued the following statement by Chairman Robert C. Scott, D- Virginia, at a hearing entitled Do No Harm: Examining the ...

Across America: July 19 | Print Only | phillytrib.com  The Philadelphia TribuneFlorida lawsuit aims to stop harmful 'black snow'. FLORIDA — While sugarcane burning protests have been going on for several years, a recent lawsuit against ...

Six Questions for the Democratic Debates  brennancenter.orgAhead of the first round of primary debates, the Brennan Center weighs in on the critical issues that candidates should be talking about in the coming months.

Voting Rights: The Citizenship Fight To Come  TPMThe battleground has shifted around the Trump administration's efforts to use the Census Bureau to undercut the political power of immigrant communities.

Birmingham Civil Rights Institute is opening a new exhibit honoring the legacy of AG Gaston on July 2  Bham NowOpening reception for the new exhibition “A.G. Gaston: The Man and His Legacy" is June 30, 3:00PM at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute.

Democrat-controlled House panel debates whether to weaken landmark religious freedom law  The Christian PostA House of Representatives committee held a meeting with two expert panels to debate whether the Religious Freedom Restoration Act should be limited in its ...

Abortion Industry Doubles Down in Face of Obstacles  Church Militantby Rodney Pelletier • ChurchMilitant.com • July 18, 2019 2 Comments. PP struggling in the face of CEO shake-up, Trump defunding. You are not signed in as a ...

$12 million settlement restores original names to Yosemite landmarks, including famed Ahwahnee Hotel  New York Daily NewsA $12 million settlement reached between a former concessionaire and the National Park *Service* has restored the iconic original names of the *service* ...

US day of mourning to commemorate 20 million black lives lost to abortion  LifesiteThe event draws attention to abortion giant Planned Parenthood's targeting of black babies under what organizers call a 'plan of extermination.'

Virginia governor’s civil rights restoration efforts are underwhelming, activists say  ThinkProgressAs Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) struggles to recover from the backlash to a racist yearbook photo that resurfaced earlier this month, he is touting his work ...

'Paris Is Burning' director on the spin-off idea too painful to make  Entertainment Weekly NewsDirector Jennie Livingston tells EW about a suggested spinoff idea to the 1991 drag documentary Paris Is Burning that's too emotionally taxing to make.

Full Text of All Articles The Berkeley Daily Planet  Berkeley Daily PlanetBerkeley Daily Gazette, July 1944. A panoramic photo of the El Cerrito trailer camp in 1944 ran across the top of the Berkeley Gazette's second section.

For a second time, Florida has taken away Bonnie Raysor’s vote. She’s fighting to get it back.  ThinkProgressBonnie Raysor had her heart set on voting next year, a decade after losing her right to participate in the most cherished ritual of the American democratic ...

How the Hobby Lobby ruling helped and hurt religious freedom  Deseret NewsThe high-profile case on the Affordable Care Act's contraceptive mandate altered public perception of religious freedom protections.

When equality suffocates liberty  Villages-NewsThe stage is set as Democrat presidential hopefuls carry forward their legislative agenda for equality. This shibboleth has been ongoing since the 1970's as the ...

What Americans Do Now Will Define Us Forever  The AtlanticIf multiracial democracy cannot be defended in America, it will not be defended elsewhere.

John Legend, Issa Rae And More Seek To Preserve Nina Simone’s Legacy  BETThe group of celebrities have begun a crowdfunding campaign to restore her childhood home.

City and State Officials to Commemorate 65th Anniversary of A.G. Gaston Motel July 1  Birmingham TimesOn Monday, July 1, Birmingham Mayor Randall L. Woodfin and Alabama Sen. Doug Jones will lead the commemoration of the 65th anniversary since the ...

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.

9 states where the rules for voting have been changed or challenged ahead of 2020  NBC NewsThe race for 2020 begins with determining who is allowed to vote. Rules in several states, including the presidential battleground of Florida, have changed.

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 ...

Nina Simone's Childhood Home Gets Celebrity Support  BPR / Blue Ridge Public RadioAn update on a story we've been following since the spring of 2017 when four New York artists purchased Nina Simone's childhood home in Tryon.

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 ...

Parliament speaker rejects motion to restore Rakhine internet access  Myanmar TimesMyanmar's parliament speaker U T Khun Myat rejected an emergency proposal on Thursday asking the government to restore internet access in northern ...

How a Fringe Muslim Cleric From Australia Became a Hero to America's Far Right  The InterceptFor Islamophobes, Mohamad Tawhidi is something very close to a godsend. A Shia Muslim cleric, raised in Australia and educated in Iran, Tawhidi presents ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Kirby fined $2.2 million for British Columbia grounding, fuel spill  WorkBoatA Canadian court has fined Houston,Texas-based Kirby Offshore Marine Corp. $2.9 million (US $2.2 million) for the October 2016 grounding and fuel spill of the ...

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 ...

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.

Florida Felons Want Their Voting Rights Restored  The AtlanticA ballot amendment in the November election could restore voting rights to 1.5 million felons in Florida, one of just three states that permanently bars felons from ...

Week in Review: Louvre Removes Sackler Name, Beloved Founder of African-American Museum Killed  HyperallergicAlso, Ai Weiwei won his suit against Volkswagen, there was a deadly arson attack at a Kyoto animation studio, and more. Jasmine WeberJuly 19, 2019.

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 ...

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.

Democratic Debates: Where Each Candidate Stands on African American Voter Issues  Black EnterpriseTonight's the first democratic presidential candidate debate. Black Enterprise has researched each candidates' position on African American voter issues.

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.

Montecito Creek Water Company Settles Environmental Violations  Santa Barbara EdhatSource: Santa Barbara County District Attorney. Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce E. Dudley announced today the resolution of an ...

Arkansas Judge Asks to Be Put Back on Death-Penalty Cases  Courthouse News ServiceLITTLE ROCK, Ark. (CN) – An Arkansas judge whose participation in a 2017 anti-death penalty rally led to his lifetime ban from hearing capital-punishment ...

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 ...

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.

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 ...

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 ...

Will Florida’s Ex-Felons Finally Regain the Right to Vote?  The New York TimesA referendum on the November ballot in Florida would re-enfranchise 1.5 million citizens — and could change the state's electorate.

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.

‘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 ...

Donald Trump Jr. Reposts, Then Deletes Tweet Attacking Kamala Harris's Racial Identity  Democracy Now!In more news from last week's 2020 Democratic debate, Democrats are condemning Donald Trump Jr. after he retweeted an “alt-right” personality during ...

Nora Demleitner: Codifying rights restoration now imperative | Guest Columnist  Virginian-PilotTHE POSSIBILITY of an (unelected) Republican governor, with the three top Democratic officials facing scrutiny of their past, forces Virginia to confront another ...

City celebrates 65th anniversary of famed A.G. Gaston Motel  Birmingham TimesRochelle Malone remembers the times she went fishing with her great-grandfather, Birmingham business mogul, Dr. Arthur George Gaston. “He would always ...

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.

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, ...

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 ...

Italian Police Arrest Captain of Migrant Ship After She Rescues 53 Refugees  Democracy Now!In Italy, police arrested Carola Rackete, the 31-year-old German captain of a refugee rescue ship, Saturday after her vessel collided with an Italian border police ...

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 ...

Reading Buttigieg Told Me Everything I Need to Know About the 2020 Presidential Race  The NationMayor Pete Buttigieg at his office in South Bend, Indiana, on January 10, 2019. (AP Photo / dpa, Nam Y. Huh). Ready to fight back? Sign up for Take Action Now ...

Despite legal setbacks, Plowshares 7 hold to religious freedom defense  National Catholic ReporterThe Kings Bay Plowshares 7, From left: Elizabeth McAlister, Stephen Kelly, Carmen Trotta, Mark Colville, Martha Hennessy, Clare Grady and Patrick O'Neill ...

AOC proposal calls for environmentally safer military cleanup efforts in Vieques, Puerto Rico  NBC NewsThe House passed an amendment introduced by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez that would limit the use of open-air detonation in Vieques, a former Navy site and ...

Trump Sets Foot in North Korea in Historic First  Democracy Now!In a historic first for a sitting U.S. president, Donald Trump crossed through the Demilitarized Zone and set foot in North Korea Sunday, walking side by side with ...

Groups protest 'anti-civil rights' bills in Florida House  Miami HeraldAbout a dozen groups protesting “anti-civil rights” bills on topics from immigration to school vouchers to the restoration of felons voting rights exploded into ...

NYC's “Queer Liberation March” One of Many Pride Events Around the Globe  Democracy Now!And 4 million people took to the streets of New York City Sunday in the largest LGBTQ pride celebration in history. The demonstration was just one of many ...

Felony convictions block too many from voting and jobs access, federal civil rights report finds  Tampa Bay TimesFelony convictions have too much of an impact on access to voting rights, employment and social services, but Florida shows a promising change, according to ...

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 Legislature Proposes Limits On Restoring Felon Voting Rights  NPRFlorida voters passed a referendum to restore voting rights to felons. The Republican-led legislature is considering bills that would place limits on who would be ...

Tennessee considers easing felon voting rights restoration  WREG NewsChannel 3Tennessee lawmakers are considering a move to make it easier for some felons to get their voting rights restored.

Orlando's Desmond Meade honored by TIME magazine for his efforts to restore the voting rights of Florida felons  Orlando WeeklyTIME Magazine released its annual list of "The 100 Most Influential People in The World," and Desmond Meade, the Orlando-based executive director of the ...

Governor Northam Continues McAuliffe's Felon Voting Rights Restoration  Community Idea StationsGovernor Ralph Northam has restored voting rights to ex-felons at a slower clip than his predecessor, a shift his office attributes to a clearing out of old requests ...

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 ...

Ford launches campaign to publicize automatic voting rights restoration bill  The Nevada IndependentAttorney General Aaron Ford is launching a public awareness campaign to inform an estimated 77,000 formerly incarcerated Nevadans that they will have their ...

Restoration of Voting Rights Could Cost Florida Felons  GoverningBy Tampa Bay Times. If you ask former Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Stanford Blake, the hundreds of dollars in court fees convicted felons have to pay are not part ...