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Juneteenth Celebration and Reflection

Juneteenth -- the celebration of Emancipation Day a.k.a. America's other Independence Day -- is a good time to reflect on the lingering systemic disenfranchisement that occurred after slavery ended. The prison industry has taken advantage of the “punishment exception” to the 13th Amendment. After the end of slavery, states passed discriminatory laws to arrest and imprison large numbers of freed black people. Incarcerated black people were then leased out or forced to provide free labor to private individuals and corporations. This still occurs today as states across the nation continue to lease out incarcerated people to private corporations.

07.9.2019

Make Elections SAFE Again

Election infrastructure is out of date, easily hacked, and poorly funded. Some progress has been made to secure our elections since 2016, but there’s still quite a bit of work to be done. With a $600 million election security bill likely to die in the Senate, it’s time we have an honest conversation about the dangers we’ll be facing in 2020.

07.1.2019

Inextricably Linked: How Citizens United Halted Climate Action

The shift of political power away from everyday Americans and into the hands of wealthy special interests is painfully visible when it comes to climate change policy. Many politicians’ refusal to take action on climate change can be traced back to the growing political influence of the fossil fuel industry.

REACTION: Democrat, Republican leaders criticize Supreme Court for partisan gerrymandering ruling

The Supreme Court decided it would let partisan gerrymandering go unchecked. But the courts aren’t the only path to fair districts. Leaders on both sides of the aisle are chiming in on the issue, and calling out the Supreme Court for its historically bad decision.

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