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Activists seeking voter protections for inmates
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Local News
Activists seeking voter protections for inmates
Members of the Democracy Behind Bars Coalition, a group of elected officials and activists, met Monday to show support for new legislation aimed at protecting the voting rights of incarcerated residents in Massachusetts.
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Opinion
After 56 years, the Voting Rights Act is more necessary than ever
Fifty-six years ago, President Lyndon Johnson signed into law one of the most important pieces of legislation in American history: the Voting Rights Act of 1965. This law took a number of important steps to empower citizens that had long faced de facto and de jure barriers to the ballot box. It repealed blatantly racist policies, like literacy tests, and provided the federal government the tools it needed to stamp out segregationist electoral policies wherever they were introduced.
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Boston must stand up for voting rights
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Opinion
Boston must stand up for voting rights
Boston — and Massachusetts generally — must show that it unilaterally opposes these blatantly racist actions. District 5 City Councilor Ricardo Arroyo has embraced this effort, introducing two proposals to dramatically reform Boston’s municipal elections. These include same-day voter registration and expanded early voting options.
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Black CEOs uphold American democracy
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Editorial
Black CEOs uphold American democracy
Prominent Black business CEOs have rescued American democracy. They united in unequivocal opposition to efforts of numerous states to establish voting rights restrictions. They asserted that “voting is the lifeblood of our democracy … and is the most basic and fundamental right of all Americans.”
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Opinion
The GOP’s real target — the Voting Rights Act
All eyes have been on Georgia’s blatant effort to shove the state permanently back in the red-state column with its unabashed Jim Crow-style vote-suppression ploy. But this is just the warmup for the GOP’s main act, to once and for all erase from the books the 1965 Voting Rights Act.
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Editorial
A rebellion to end democracy
Blacks, whites, Asians and Latinos in the same economic class should be united in efforts to gain support for government programs. The refusal of racists to work with others in order to achieve their own objectives demonstrates a serious level of hostility.
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Blacks must protect their power at the polls
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Editorial
Blacks must protect their power at the polls
While Black activists are celebrating Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 presidential election, conservatives are working to assure that their candidate will not lose the election in 2024. They understand the narrow difference between victory and defeat.
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Honor the legacy of John Lewis: vote!
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Editorial
Honor the legacy of John Lewis: vote!
Blacks have been fighting for equality since they first arrived in North America. John Lewis had been on the front lines of the Civil Rights Movement from 1954-1968. Lewis survived numerous confrontations and he took those risks to assure an opportunity of victory for those who were disenfranchised.
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Felon voting bans suppress citizenship rights
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Opinion
Felon voting bans suppress citizenship rights
Numerous programs across the country attempt to return felons released from prison to useful lives. An important element of these efforts is for the released prisoners to become active in community affairs. However, restrictions on the voting rights of felons have impeded progress.
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