The 24th amendment, ratified in 1964, abolished the poll tax. Unfortunately, over the last 50 years, a policy of another name but similar impact has taken its place. The disenfranchisement policies of 22 states, which are widely considered to be unconstitutional, have continued the American tradition of an exclusionary electorate. It’s a well-known fact that those living in poverty have tougher lives than those who … Continue reading The Legacy of Poll Taxes and Disenfranchisement
With passage of the 13th and 14th amendments, America created two of the greatest loopholes in the country’s legal code. Immediately following their introduction, the language of the amendments led to Jim Crow, convict leasing, and chain gangs. Over 150 years later, we are seeing further harmful results of these laws in states that disenfranchise felons. Thankfully, some states are beginning to examine their policies … Continue reading Florida is being Forced to Reform its Voting Rights Restoration System
Whether it’s the monied bail system, the corruption of officers and prosecutors, or the financial interests of for-profit prisons, there are economic and institutional powers that require a consistent flow of offenders and non-offenders to be put behind bars and forever marred by the label “convict.” At the moment, a plurality of states disenfranchise citizens, sometimes for life, due to their criminal history. We would … Continue reading New Jersey Might (Finally) Do Something About its Practice of Disenfranchisment
Let Congress sort out if they can be turned into law later, the way to win is to rally people around ideas.
Though the American public is increasingly in favor of raising the minimum wage, wages at the federal level have been stagnant since 2009. But this week low wage workers in these four states could see a raise.
Some people, including me, believe that our nation wants to increase the pool of voters and that we should take every possible step to do so.
We should carefully consider whether our election system, our election process is critical infrastructure, like the financial sector, like the power grid… There’s a vital national interest in our electoral process.
A step towards granting everyday Americans the knowledge that their votes will not be outweighed by the dark money of corporations, special interests, and lobbyists.
As a whole, our country will be a more balanced one when we have more women representatives. And to help the bigger problem of lackluster sitting politicians, let’s vote out those not doing their jobs.
Regular people all over America are keenly aware of the corrupting influence of money in politics. They are rightfully angry. The DNC just gave them one more reason for their anger.
Does the United States Congress think that big companies should be able to spend money on politics, secretly?
“Making it harder once again for African American citizens to exercise their franchise is not merely a slippery slope, its the road to perdition. We simply cannot permit it to happen again.”