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File photo of the Rev. Al Sharpton. (credit: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Sharpton to Lead ‘Justice for Trayvon’ Rallies in 100 cities

The Rev. Al Sharpton announced Tuesday that he will lead a national “Justice for Trayvon” day in 100 cities this weekend to press for federal civil rights charges against George Zimmerman.

07/16/2013

File photo of a person voting. (Credit: BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

Voting Rights Returned to Nonviolent Va. Felons

The door is open for tens of thousands of nonviolent felons in Virginia to regain their right to vote.

07/15/2013

Vice President Joe Biden says the Obama administration will do everything in its power to ensure fair voting in the wake of a Supreme Court ruling stopping part of the Voting Rights Act enforcement. (Photo by Jamie Rose/Getty Images)

Biden Vows New Voting Rights Law: ‘Supreme Court Upset A Well-Established Practice’

Vice President Joe Biden says the Obama administration will do everything in its power to ensure fair voting in the wake of a Supreme Court ruling stopping part of the Voting Rights Act enforcement.

06/25/2013

Attorney General Eric Holder says the FBI's criminal investigation of the Internal Revenue Service could include potential civil rights violations, false statements and potential violations of the Hatch Act, which prohibits federal employees from engaging in some partisan political activities. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Holder: Potential Civil Rights Violations At IRS

Attorney General Eric Holder says the FBI’s criminal investigation of the Internal Revenue Service could include potential civil rights violations, false statements and potential violations of the Hatch Act, which prohibits federal employees from engaging in some partisan political activities.

05/15/2013

Hundreds attended a Sunday morning brunch with Vice President Joe Biden, and thousands gathered Sunday afternoon to march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma's annual Bridge Crossing Jubilee. The event commemorates the "Bloody Sunday" beating of voting rights marchers by state troopers as they began a march to Montgomery in March 1965. (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

Biden Leads Selma Civil Rights March, Tells Crowd They ‘Broke The Back Of The Forces Of Evil’

The vice president and black leaders commemorating a famous civil rights march on Sunday said efforts to diminish the impact of African-Americans’ votes haven’t stopped in the years since the 1965 Voting Rights Act added millions to Southern voter rolls.

03/03/2013

File photo of former U.S. Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. (credit: KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)

Jackson Jr.’s Downfall Tied To Objects, Not Power

For all the talk of Jesse Jackson Jr. aspiring to be a U.S. senator or mayor of the nation’s third-largest city, his career wasn’t ended by attempts to amass political power.

02/16/2013

A crest of the Federal Bureau of Investigation is seen inside the J. Edgar Hoover FBI Building in Washington, D.C. (credit: MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Newspaper, FBI Report Agreement In Withers FOIA

A Tennessee newspaper and the federal government said they have agreed in principle to settle the paper’s lawsuit seeking documents about civil rights-era photographer Ernest Withers’ work as an informant for the FBI.

02/07/2013

File photo of voting booths. (Photo: Jessica Kourkounis/Getty Images)

Va. Senate OKs Measure Restoring Some Felons’ Rights

A proposed constitutional amendment that would allow for the civil rights of nonviolent felons to be restored by law rather than solely by gubernatorial fiat has won Senate passage.

01/28/2013

File photo of Dr. Martin Luther King (Photo Credit: AFP/Getty Images)

King ‘Content Of Character’ Quote Inspires Debate

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”

01/20/2013

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Opinion: Republicans Finally Admitting To Voter Suppression Efforts

It is not news when Republicans try to block access to the ballot box for poor, minority and elderly voters. What is unusual is that Republicans are admitting it.

11/27/2012

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