Simon Davis-Cohen

Simon Davis-Cohen is a writer and filmmaker focusing on political rights, municipal activism and mass incarceration. He works on research and communications for the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund and edits the Ear to the Ground newsletter. Follow him on Twitter: @SimonDavisCohen

 Simon Davis-Cohen is a writer and filmmaker focusing on political rights, municipal activism and mass incarceration. He works on research and communications for the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund and edits the Ear to the Ground newsletter. Follow him on Twitter: @SimonDavisCohen

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Trump supporters clash with police and security forces, as they storm the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on January 6, 2021. - Demonstrators breeched security and entered the Capitol as Congress debated the a 2020 presidential election Electoral Vote Certification. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images) Views
Friday, January 08, 2021
Civil Society Groups Warn Against Anti-Protest Legislation Following Siege of US Capital
Hours after Confederate flag-toting white supremacists made their way into the U.S. Capitol to disrupt the certification of the U.S. presidential election, the Florida House of Representatives released a statement announcing its intention to pass a bill to clamp down on protests. “In response to...
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People show their support as they participate in a caravan for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden event on October 11, 2020 in Miami Springs, Florida. (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, November 10, 2020
The Reactionary Immigration Measures Alabama, Florida and Colorado Just Passed That No One is Talking About
A Trump-aligned group called Citizen Voter, Inc. is spending millions of dollars to push model state constitutional reform to prevent political rights from being extended to non-citizens. The reform changes state constitutions to say only citizens can vote. The group, founded in 2018, won major...
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People gather to celebrate the victory of the referendum, in Santiago, Chile, on October 25, 2020 that will replace its 40-year-old constitution, written during the dictatorship of General Augusto Pinochet, in Santiago, Chile. (Photo by Felipe Vargas Figueroa/NurPhoto via Getty Images) Views
Monday, October 26, 2020
Chile, Bolivia, El Salvador Lead On Decolonial Constitutional Change
October has been a busy month for South American social movements and constitutional change. It joins October 2019 as a critical moment for mass movement demands. Yesterday, October 25, the Chilean people passed a referendum to abolish Augusto Pinochet’s constitution of 1980. A week ago, on the...
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"Suffragette activists offer many lessons to modern social and environmental justice movements," writes the authors. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons/The New York Times/Suffragists march in New York City) Views
Tuesday, August 18, 2020
100 Years Later: Reflections on the 19th Amendment
One hundred years ago, the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified, purporting to grant women the right to vote in the United States. In reality, this right applied only to white women; explicitly racist laws during and beyond the Jim Crow era categorically prohibited Black people from...
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Tuesday, March 31, 2020
Corporate America Is on Offense—Local Communities Can Be Too
Since a national emergency was called in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the governor of Kentucky signed a bill (HB 44) that seeks to over-criminalize climate protests, the governor of South Dakota signed a bill to punish protesters and climate activists, and Pennsylvania designated pipeline...
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Friday, October 30, 2015
Preempting Democracy: What's Not Being Voted on This November Is Sinister
State preemption has reached an infamous status. People are outraged by state legislatures’ claim of unilateral authority to prohibit local governments from raising the minimum wage, curbing fossil fuel extraction or otherwise increasing state protections for workers, the environment and even...
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