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Virginia Makes Progress as Push to Restore Voting Rights Grows

Virginia Makes Progress as Push to Restore Voting Rights Grows

RICHMOND, Va. – On a steamy early August afternoon outside Broomfield Christian Methodist Church, along a desolate stretch of Jefferson Davis Highway in this former Confederate capital, William Irvin Banks Jr. recalled rejoicing when Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe restored his right to vote. But Banks’ eyes suddenly turned downcast. And he could hardly contain his […]

Automatic Voter Registration Gains Momentum in West Virginia

Automatic Voter Registration Gains Momentum in West Virginia

West Virginia became the latest state to approve automatic voter registration, when policymakers enacted a new law this month that registers voters when they receive or renew their driver’s licenses, the Brennan Center for Justice reported.  The new system suggests that automatic voter registration is gaining momentum around the country, with West Virginia joining Oregon […]

Virginia Approves In-State Tuition Rates for DREAMers

Virginia Approves In-State Tuition Rates for DREAMers

  Virginia has joined a list of states that will give in-state tuition access to immigrant youth who qualify for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status, the state’s Attorney General announced Tuesday.  The policy change makes earning a college degree more affordable and affects undocumented immigrants who were brought to the country as children […]

U.S. Judge Overturns Virginia’s Ban on Same-Sex Marriage

U.S. Judge Overturns Virginia’s Ban on Same-Sex Marriage

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Virginia has become the first state in the South to have its same-sex marriage ban overturned, with a late-night federal court ruling that declared the voter-approved amendment unconstitutional. U.S. District Judge Arenda Wright Allen on Thursday issued a stay of her order while it is appealed, meaning that gay couples in […]

Who Else Opposes Racism? The Army, Navy, Air Force & Marines

Who Else Opposes Racism? The Army, Navy, Air Force & Marines

WASHINGTON (AP) — Leaders of the four major U.S. military services have spoken out against racism and extremism after last weekend’s violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.  Their comments on Twitter and in longer written statements made no mention of President Donald Trump’s responses to the incident. Military officers are trained to avoid politics. They traditionally see […]

Heather Heyer Is Remembered, Following Charlottesville & Aug. 12

Heather Heyer Is Remembered, Following Charlottesville & Aug. 12

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — About 1,000 mourners gathered inside a theater in downtown Charlottesville to remember a woman killed during a violent weekend rally were able to mourn her death Wednesday quietly without the presence of neo-Nazis who had threatened to attend the service for Heather Heyer. Heyer’s grandfather said his 32-year-old granddaughter always wanted […]

Trump’s ‘Blame on Both Sides’ for Charlottesville Shocks America

Trump’s ‘Blame on Both Sides’ for Charlottesville Shocks America

NEW YORK (AP) — Combative and insistent, President Donald Trump declared anew Tuesday “there is blame on both sides” for the deadly violence last weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia, appearing to once again equate the actions of white supremacist groups and those protesting them. He showed sympathy for the fringe groups’ efforts to preserve Confederate monuments.  […]

ACLU on Possible Trump Pardon of Joe Arpaio: It Would Be ‘Racism’

ACLU on Possible Trump Pardon of Joe Arpaio: It Would Be ‘Racism’

PHOENIX (AP) — President Donald Trump says he may grant a pardon to former Sheriff Joe Arpaio following his recent conviction in federal court, prompting outrage among critics who say the move would amount to an endorsement of racism.  The report was welcome news for the former Phoenix-area sheriff, who lost a re-election bid in […]

Americans Unite to Condemn Hate After Charlottesville

Americans Unite to Condemn Hate After Charlottesville

SEATTLE (AP) — Protesters decrying hatred and racism converged around the country, saying they felt compelled to counteract the white supremacist rally that spiraled into deadly violence in Virginia. The gatherings Sunday spanned from anti-fascist protests in San Francisco to a march to President Donald Trump’s home in New York. Some focused on showing support […]

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