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'Long Awaited and Long Overdue Victory for Democracy' as New York Approves Automatic Voter Registration

"At a time in our country when voting rights are under assault, New York is living up to our potential as a progressive leader."

Jessica Corbett, staff writer ·


Justice Ginsburg Should Not Be Replaced Until After the Election

GOP senators invented a new standard in order to deny President Obama a Supreme Court appointment in 2016. Now they should abide by it.

Alicia Bannon ·


'Wild and Timely' Report Details Infiltration of Far-Right Militias and White Supremacist Groups in US Police Departments

The study comes amid unrest in Kenosha, Wisconsin, following the latest high-profile police shooting of a Black man and the shooting deaths of two protesters by an alleged far-right militia member.

Julia Conley, staff writer ·


New ACLU Analysis of Crime Data Shreds GOP's Argument Against Decarceration During Pandemic

"With additional decarceral efforts, many further infections can be prevented in the... cities analyzed and many others."

Jessica Corbett, staff writer ·


'This Is Mass Murder': Covid-19 Deaths in US Prisons Have Risen by 73% the Past Month

The number of known cases in the facilities has doubled since mid-May to over 68,000.

Jessica Corbett, staff writer ·


'Watershed Moment in Election Law' as Judge Rules 'Modern Day Poll Tax' in Florida Unconstitutional

Advocates for restoring the voting rights of people with past convictions welcomed the ruling as "a powerful reminder that no one can trump the U.S. Constitution."

Jessica Corbett, staff writer ·


'Time Is of the Essence': After Wisconsin Fiasco, 150+ Civil Rights Groups Urge Congress to Protect 2020 Elections

The organizations are demanding at least $4 billion in funding "to ensure that each state can provide a comprehensive approach that includes both vote-by-mail and in-person options safely and effectively.

Jessica Corbett, staff writer ·


Warning of 'Cramped and Unsanitary Conditions,' Advocates Urge US Governors to Release Inmates at Risk for COVID-19

The letter comes as calls mount globally for urgent government actions to limit the spread of the coronavirus in jails and prisons.

Jessica Corbett, staff writer ·


'Huge Step Toward a More Inclusive, Representative Democracy': NJ Restores Voting Rights of People on Parole and Probation

"On this historic day, New Jersey has lifted... 83,000 ghosts of democracy out of the shadows."

Jessica Corbett, staff writer ·


Free Speech Groups Tell Court Trump's Mandate for Visa Applicants' Social Media a 'Life or Death' Threat for Journalists, Filmmakers

"The government simply has no legitimate interest in collecting this kind of sensitive information on this immense scale, and the First Amendment doesn't permit it to do so."

Julia Conley, staff writer ·