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Black Women Are an Electoral Voting Force. Recognize.

As a matter of movement-building, the repeated refusal to recognize Black women for the electoral force that we are leaves us feeling disconnected. National organizations rely on us to deliver reproductive rights victories, but rarely give us credit for doing so.

As a matter of movement-building, the repeated refusal to recognize Black women for the electoral force that we are leaves us feeling disconnected. National organizations rely on us to deliver reproductive rights victories, but rarely give us credit for doing so.

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Legal Wrap: Buffer Zones at SCOTUS, and a Clinic Bomb Scare

The Roberts Court may be skeptical of buffer zones around abortion clinics, but the rest of the country doesn't seem to be.

The Roberts Court may be skeptical of buffer zones around abortion clinics, but the rest of the country doesn’t seem to be.

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New Texas Voter Registration Cards Cause Confusion, Largely for Women Voters

Austin resident Ashli McKee's voter registration card.

Texas’ new voter identification law is causing confusion in at least one county, where female voters are wondering why names they never legally used are showing up on voter registration cards.

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Legal Wrap: Baby Veronica Case Pits States Against Each Other

The fallout from the Supreme Court's decision in Baby Veronica (above) continues.

The fallout from the Supreme Court’s decision in Baby Veronica continues. Meanwhile, in Montana, justice seems a long way off.

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50 Years After the March on Washington, Still Fighting for Jobs and Freedom

The March on Washington, 1963.

As we mark the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, I can’t help but notice that many of the gains made as a result of the Civil Rights Movement are being rolled back.

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Legal Wrap: The Fallacy of Admitting Privileges Restrictions, and GOP Targets Another Female Judicial Nominee

This week in legal news: the bad policy and law behind admitting privileges restrictions, and Republicans' obstructionism on judicial nominees becomes transparently misogynistic.

This week in legal news: the bad policy and law behind admitting privileges restrictions, and Republicans’ obstructionism on judicial nominees becomes transparently misogynistic.

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Gay Is Not the New Black: The Supreme Court and the Politics of Misrecognition

LGBTQ rights are not the single civil rights issue of our time. To think otherwise, as all too many do, is the same sort of misrecognition that shaped the Supreme Court’s VRA ruling: the notion that the work of the civil rights movement is done, and it’s time for LGBTQ people to take up their mantle. (Protest sign from Dyke March NYC.)

LGBTQ rights are not the single civil rights issue of our time. To think otherwise, as all too many do, is the same sort of misrecognition that shaped the Supreme Court’s VRA ruling: the notion that the work of the civil rights movement is done, and it’s time for LGBTQ people to take up their mantle.

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How the Voting Rights Act Gave Us Wendy Davis’ Filibuster

wendy davis closeup

Wendy Davis wouldn’t have won re-election if she hadn’t challenged GOP gerrymandering under the section of the VRA that was gutted by the Supreme Court this week.

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John Roberts Finally Guts Voting Rights Act, States Rush to Enact Voter ID Laws

Chief Justice John Roberts and the conservative wing of the Supreme Court took one day to undo the work of over a hundred years of civil rights activists.

Not quite two hours after the decision came down, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott announced the state’s voter ID law would go into effect, and voter ID laws are also expected to go into effect in Mississippi and South Carolina.

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With Big Decisions Still Pending, Roberts Court Targets Even More Civil Rights Laws

A senate bill could target doctors for anti-choice protests, while a house bill would ban private insurance coverage of abortion.

The Roberts Court may be waiting until the bitter end of its current term to deliver the much-awaited decisions on same-sex marriage, affirmative action, and voting rights, but as this term comes to a close the agenda of the conservative wing of the court couldn’t be clearer.

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