Groups sue over rights restoration  St. Augustine RecordTALLAHASSEE — An amendment to the Florida Constitution restoring voting rights to felons who have completed their sentences does not require payment of ...

Morrissey talks policy, says has 'no scores to settle' in state Senate  CBS19 News'Fighting Joe' Morrissey indicates that the fights he's most interested in now are the ones for his constituents.

Groups dispute link between felon voting rights and financial fees  Sun SentinelAn amendment to the Florida Constitution restoring voting rights to felons who have completed their sentences does not require payment of “legal financial ...

Delay on Amendment 4’s felon voting lawsuit sought by Ron DeSantis  Tampa Bay TimesThe Republican governor and Secretary of State Laurel Lee on Tuesday asked U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle to put the federal lawsuit on hold until the ...

Amendment 4 panel begins work on voting rights restoration procedures  Tallahassee.comA comprehensive review of the voter registration verification process is underway. A report will be issued in January.

Ossian Sweet house being preserved to reflect civil rights struggle  The Detroit NewsArtists are restoring the home on Detroit's east side to how it looked 94 years ago when the black doctor faced a mob trying to enforce segregation.

ACLU notes from Sacramento…parolee voting rights, police body cameras, etc.  Escondido GrapevineState Assembly votes to restore voting rights to nearly 50,000 Californians on parole. The California State Assembly passed Assembly Constitutional ...

Judge refuses to issue stay in felons' voting case  Fox 35 OrlandoTALLAHASSEE, Fla. (NEWS *SERVICE* FLORIDA) - A federal judge in Tallahassee has turned down Gov. Ron DeSantis' request to put on hold a challenge to a ...

ACLU Lawyer Insists Florida Law Allowing Felons To Vote Is A Poll Tax Not Created By The Amendment  WFSUThe American Civil Liberties Union is challenging the constitutionality of a law that allows certain felons to vote but requires them to pay any fees.

Tribes could get more fishing, court and gambling rights in changes to landmark settlement  WGMEAUGUSTA (BDN) -- After trying to gain authority over gaming, natural resources and certain crimes through the courts, the State House and the ballot box, ...

Mayor Young Signs Executive Order Barring the Use of Gag Orders; in Police Settlements  Fox BaltimoreBALTIMORE (WBFF)-- Baltimore's Mayor, Bernard C. “Jack” Young signed an Executive Order Friday that he says "ensures transparency in police-involved ...

'Cash register justice' in Florida still leaves many felons ineligible to vote  Florida BulldogBy Clarie GoForth - Despite the passage of Amendment 4 last year, Florida's 'cash register justice' leaves people like Rosemary McCoy ineligible to vote.

It's called 'the Department of Corrections' not 'the Department of Punishment'  Florida PhoenixWhen it comes to reforming Florida's criminal justice system, “everyone's generally for it – the question is what that means,” Tallahassee lobbyist and clemency ...

Can a religious school fire a gay teacher? It's complicated.  NBC NewsWhile the majority of Americans across all religious groups support employment nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ people, the law is less straightforward.

Study: Law undercuts restoring felon voting rights - News  The LedgerUF political science chairman: “In my opinion, it is clear ... black individuals who have otherwise met all the terms of their felony convictions are significantly less ...

UN urges Indonesia to protect rights of West Papua activists  Aljazeera.comUN Human Rights Council experts call for immediate measures to protect freedom of expression as demonstrations continue.

OIC condemns 'inhuman curfew'; calls for immediate restoration of civil liberties in occupied Kashmir  DAWN.comThe Organisation of Islamic Cooperation's (OIC) human rights commission on Tuesday strongly condemned the continuation of the "inhuman curfew and ...

In Florida, Fees, Fines From Felonies Means Disenfranchised  Juvenile Justice Information ExchangeTen years ago, Rosemary McCoy never would have imagined that today she'd be in a Jacksonville library, tears streaming down her face, as she tells a stranger ...

Voting rights roundup: North Carolina GOP unveils new stealth gerrymanders to replace illegal ones  AlterNetThis article was paid for by AlterNet subscribers. Not a subscriber? Try us and go ad-free for $1. Prefer to give a one-time tip? Click here. LEADING OFF.

Billie Holiday Theatre New 2019-20 Season to Include the Provocative World Premiere REPARATIONS  BlackfilmThe Billie Holiday Theatre Artistic and Executive Director Dr. Indira Etwaroo announced the line-up today for The Billie Holiday Theatre's Fall 2019 Season and ...

Civil rights groups sue Florida over 'poll tax' law to restore felon voter rights  NBC NewsA group of civil rights organizations filed a lawsuit against the state of Florida Friday after Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill that would require felons to pay ...

Unlock the Vote campaign seeks to restore ex-offenders' voting rights  Milwaukee Journal SentinelRelease from incarceration opens a lot of doors, but for those who remain on probation, parole or extended supervision, access to the voting booths remains ...

Historic locks on C&O Canal in Georgetown restored; canal boat next  WTOPTwo of the historic locks on the C&O Canal in Georgetown have been restored, which is a major step toward a return of the mule-drawn canal boat.

'Delhi Declaration' at desertification summit: So near yet so far  Mongabay-IndiaRestoration of land impacted by desertification and degradation can have long-term benefits for the development of society and thus a proactive approach is ...

Mike Pence Once Said Being Gay Was a "Choice," Argued Laws Protecting LGBT People Unlike Those Based on Race  NewsweekThe White House recently said Vice President Mike Pence isn't "anti-gay" because of a scheduled lunch with the openly gay prime minister of Ireland, Leo ...

Supreme Court to hear felons' rights dispute  Florida PoliticsThe Florida Supreme Court on Thursday agreed to take up a request by Gov. Ron DeSantis to consider whether a state law properly carries out a constitutional ...

Governor Northam announces civil rights restored to over 10,000 Virginians  WTKR News 3RICHMOND – Governor Ralph Northam says that since he took office, his administration has restored the civil rights of 10,992 Virginians previously convicted of ...

Incumbent, pastor compete in 2019 race for Grand Rapids mayor  MLive.comGrand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss (left, courtesy photo | Elise Kutt) and Pastor Daniel Schutte (right, courtesy photo | Daniel Schutte) will be the two candidate ...

Expert: Law blocks most Florida felons from regaining voting rights  The FulcrumThe new law requiring felons in Florida to pay all their fines and court fees before getting their voting rights restored would leave about 80 percent of them ...

Religious Crusaders at the Supreme Court’s Gates  The New York TimesConservative justices appear eager to take on a subject at the heart of the country's culture wars.

What's Going on the Week of Sept. 15  Sunshine State NewsFlorida lawmakers will return to the Capitol on Monday to start holding committee meetings in advance of the 2020 legislative session.The meetings are the start ...

Lawsuits challenge constitutionality of Florida’s new Amendment 4 law  Vox.comGov. Ron DeSantis recently signed a law requiring people to pay fines, fees, and restitution before regaining the right to vote. A group of lawsuits say it's a "poll ...

UNHRC should be nonpartisan on civil rights  Times of IndiaThe concerns raised by United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet about mobile phone and Internet restrictions in Kashmir and ...

Florida Prosecutors Fight GOP Voter Suppression  The InterceptThe GOP legislature is trying to take the vote away from people with past legal woes — and some prosecutors are looking for ways around a new restriction.

Most Kentucky felons would have voting rights restored under new bill  Courier JournalMost convicted felons in Kentucky would have their voting rights automatically restored after completing their sentences, parole and probation under a bill filed ...

Civil rights groups join lawsuit to fight Kentucky's felon voter ban  Courier JournalKentucky has some of the nation's highest rates of residents who can't vote because of felony convictions — but a recent federal lawsuit is seeking to change ...

Memory, Myth, and Legend: Missing Brushstrokes  scalawagmagazine.orgDoretha Hair Truesdell remembers racing to grab her keys and running to get to the car. She sped down Dunbar Street so fast it felt like her vehicle swung the ...

India's top court urges government to restore normalcy in Kashmir  ArabnewsNEW DELHI: In a first major intervention, India's Supreme Court on Monday urged the central government to restore normalcy in Jammu and Kashmir in the ...

'Keep the Climate, Change the Economy': Meeting on Climate Crisis in Hyderabad  The CitizenNEW DELHI: South Asian People's Action on Climate Crisis, an umbrella organisation of individuals and civil society organisations across the sub.

Is it a poll tax if felons have to pay court costs and fees to regain voting rights?  Miami HeraldRepublicans in the Florida Legislature advanced a bill that would require felons to pay back all court fees and costs before being eligible to vote, even if those ...

Couple to restore Berkshires writing cabin of poet, civil rights activist James Weldon Johnson  The Boston GlobeRufus Jones and Jill Rosenberg Jones are working to restore the creative haven of James Weldon Johnson to advance and extend his legacy, as well as to ...

Charlottesville Confederate Statue Defender Sues Paper, Prof, for Reporting His Family's Slaveholding History  The Daily BeastEdward Dickinson Tayloe II is suing the city to save the statue behind the Unite the Right rally—and says the paper implied he is “a racist and an opponent of ...

Civil Rights Advocates Consider Litigation Over Voting Rights Restoration Bills | Daily Business Review  Law.comProposed legislation in the Florida House and Senate have some gearing up for potential lawsuits over the right of ex-felons' voting rights.

Florida Felons Once Denied Rights Begin Registering to Vote  The New York TimesTuesday marked the first day for former felons in Florida to register in vote, following a historic ballot measure that restored their rights.

The Poems Of The People, As Told By Ken Burns, In PBS's 'Country Music'  WMOTIn 1996, I sat transfixed through a six-hour docu-series on TBS called America's Music: The Roots Of Country . I'd become a fan of country and bluegrass,

Amendment 4 in Florida restored voting rights to felons. Now that's back in doubt.  NBCNews.comOn Thursday, Florida lawmakers voted along party lines to advance a bill that could bar from the ballot box many of the estimated 1.5 million convicted felons ...

'This could be their home,' work continues to restore civil rights icon, Rev. Ralph Abernathy's former church  11Alive.com WXIAThe initial funds have allowed us to clean the abatement process, mold, asbestos and mildew," Annette Abernathy said.

Amendment 4: Florida House passes bill requiring ex-felons pay civil judgments before rights restored  Orlando SentinelIn one of the most-divisive issues of the 2019 legislative session, the House on Wednesday approved a plan for carrying out a constitutional amendment ...

Why the ACLU Is Suing Florida For Its New Poll Tax  ACLUOn November 6, 2018, nearly 65 percent of Florida voters—more than 5 million people—resoundingly approved Amendment 4, restoring voting rights to over a ...

Politics cloud felon voting rights restoration in Florida  ReutersTAMPA, Fla. (Reuters) - Elections officials across Florida say they expect former felons to flock to their offices to register to vote next month when a newly passed ...

The high-speed train planning a Houston-Dallas route now has a builder on board the project  InnovationMapThe Texas high-speed train that plans to zip between Houston and Dallas still has some obstacles to plow through, but the project now has a builder at least.

Florida civil rights groups file suit claiming new felons voting law is 'racially discriminatory'  Orlando WeeklyShortly after Gov. Ron DeSantis signed an omnibus elections bill Friday, a coalition of voting-rights and civil-rights groups announced they had filed a federal ...

Let the People (of Florida) Vote  The New York TimesThis article is part of David Leonhardt's newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it each weekday. Winning civil rights is never easy. The fight can stretch on ...

Jerry Summers: Highlander Folk School  The ChattanooganThe most controversial institution of learning in the State of Tennessee has been the Highlander Folk School which was originally founded in 1932 in Grundy ...

Shelby County v. Holder: the state of voting rights 6 years later  Vox.comOn the sixth anniversary of the pivotal Supreme Court ruling, civil rights groups say its time to fully restore the Voting Rights Act.

The Fight for Voting Rights in Florida Isn’t Over  The New YorkerDaniel A. Gross writes about Amendment 4, which restored the voting rights of Florida residents with felony convictions, and Senate Bill 7066, which Florida's ...

Florida Supreme Court’s Pending Advisory Opinion Could Narrow Field of Eligible Voters Under Amendment 4  The Epoch TimesThe Florida Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on felon voting rights in November. The outcome could shape the balance of power in polls.

Florida Amendment 4 results: ex-felon voting rights restored via ballot initiative  Vox.comFlorida voters during Tuesday's midterm elections approved Amendment 4, automatically restoring voting rights in the state for people previously convicted of ...

Florida House passes bill that would require ex-felons pay all fees before exercising voting rights  CNNThe Republican-controlled Florida House passed a bill Wednesday that would restore voting rights for ex-felons on the condition that they first pay all fees, fines ...

Confusion clouds restoration of Florida felons' voting rights  Tampa Bay TimesSARASOTA — Florida voters spoke clearly four weeks ago: They restored the right to vote to most convicted felons who complete their sentences. When it ...

Civil rights groups go to court to block implementation of controversial felon voting rights law  Florida PhoenixCivil rights organizations filed a motion for a preliminary injunction in federal court on Friday to block the implementation of a voting rights law signed by Gov.

Doing more time: Ex-felons face long odds, long wait to restore voting rights  Cronkite NewsThe years paying off their debt to society is just the starr for ex-felons who are trying to regain their votiing rights - they face more years and hurdles in Arizona, ...

New elections law 'a throwback to Jim Crow-era policies,' say voting rights advocates  Orlando WeeklyChief U.S. District Judge Mark Walker held an initial telephone hearing Friday in what could be a drawn-out legal battle over a portion of the new elections law ...

Here's what you haven't heard about restoring ex-felons' voting rights: Analysis  Orlando SentinelThe analysis "Civil Rights Restoration in Florida and Amendment 4" addresses some of the glaring gaps in the public discourse on ex-felons' rights and more.

Northam announces voting rights restoration to 10K convicted felons  WHSVMore than 10000 people have had their right to vote restored since Gov. Ralph Northam took office, the governor announced Tuesday.

Florida Republicans limit Amendment 4’s expansion of voting rights  Vox.comAfter weeks of debate and over the objection of several voting and civil rights groups, the Florida Legislature has passed a measure requiring people with felony ...

Cory Booker swipes at Bernie Sanders over restoring voting rights for felons in prison  CNNSen. Cory Booker on Monday called out Sen. Bernie Sanders over his support for restoring voting rights to convicted felons still serving prison time, drawing a ...

Nora Demleitner: Codifying rights restoration now imperative  Virginian-PilotTHE POSSIBILITY of an (unelected) Republican governor, with the three top Democratic officials facing scrutiny of their past, forces Virginia to confront another ...

The Florida GOP's Assault on Democracy  The NationLast fall, voters overwhelmingly passed a referendum giving the vote back to felons who complete their sentences. Now the legislature is trying to block it.

Florida Law Throws Voter Rights Restoration into Chaos  brennancenter.orgThe new law makes it impossible for returning citizens to know whether they are eligible to vote.

Why the restoration of felons’ voting rights in Florida is a big deal  The EconomistAmendment 4 is a boon for democracy in the Sunshine State.

Miami-Dade County helps poverty-stricken felons with restoration of voting rights  WPLG Local 10Anthony Hannah wants to be able to vote in the 2020 presidential election and some members of the the Miami-Dade County legal community want to make ...

Amendment to restore Virginia felons’ voting rights dies along party lines  WTKR News 3For now, Virginia will remain among a trio of states -- joining only Kentucky and Iowa -- with a lifetime ban on voting rights for people convicted of a felony.

‘A joyous day’ ahead as 1.4 million Florida ex-felons have voting rights restored  Washington PostSARASOTA — One of the largest enfranchisements of U.S. citizens in the past century begins Tuesday in Florida, and many of the more than 1.4 million ...

Florida judge questions constitutionality of Amendment 4, restoration of rights could be threatened  Orlando WeeklyFlorida excludes more ex-felons from voting than any other state. A federal judge added a new twist Thursday in the legal battle over whether convicted...

Florida GOP could limit Amendment 4’s expansion of voting rights  Vox.comLast year, Amendment 4 restored voting rights to more than 1 million people with felony records. The Florida House passed a bill requiring them to pay all court ...

Restoration of Birmingham's AG Gaston Motel, a "sacred" civil rights landmark, is underway  Bham NowToday, the city of Birmingham announced it is restoring one of the civil rights movement's most treasured landmarks - the A.G. Gaston Motel.

His gun rights were restored in Virginia after serving a sentence. Now he can't buy a gun in Wisconsin  Milwaukee Journal SentinelA former Virginia resident's felony conviction there prohibits him from having a gun in Wisconsin despite having that right restored in Virginia, the Court of ...

Florida Felons Want Their Voting Rights Restored  The AtlanticA ballot amendment in the November election could restore voting rights to 1.5 million felons in Florida, one of just three states that permanently bars felons from ...

Will Florida’s Ex-Felons Finally Regain the Right to Vote?  The New York TimesA referendum on the November ballot in Florida would re-enfranchise 1.5 million citizens — and could change the state's electorate.

Fines and fees provisions at odds with the language and intent of Amendment 4 | Commentary  Orlando SentinelThe debate over whether voting rights should be restored after fines and fees are paid misses the original intent of Florida's Amendment 4.

COP14 : Drought is brought centre stage in New Delhi Declaration  LivemintNEW DELHI : After 12 days of talks, the 14th Conference of Parties (COP14) of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) ended on ...

Amendment 4 constitutional? Judge wonders out loud during voting rights hearing  Tampa Bay TimesU.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle said he wants both sides to address an issue that hasn't been dealt with in court filings: whether the amendment itself is ...

Florida Legislature Proposes Limits On Restoring Felon Voting Rights  NPRFlorida voters passed a referendum to restore voting rights to felons. The Republican-led legislature is considering bills that would place limits on who would be ...

Florida Legislature can still get Amendment 4 right | Opinion  Tallahassee.comWhat began in reaction to Florida's highly restrictive civil rights restoration process for ex-offenders ultimately became Amendment 4.

Satellite Images Obtained by SNHR Prove the Extent of Massive Destruction Inflicted on Khan Sheikhoun City  Syrian Network For Human RightsSatellite images obtained by Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR) show the magnitude and extent of the destruction of Khan Sheikhoun city.

Orlando's Desmond Meade honored by TIME magazine for his efforts to restore the voting rights of Florida felons  Orlando WeeklyTIME Magazine released its annual list of "The 100 Most Influential People in The World," and Desmond Meade, the Orlando-based executive director of the ...

In Knox County, it can be tough for felons to vote again. Volunteers want to change that  Knoxville News SentinelIn Tennessee, ex-offenders don't automatically get their voting rights back. In Knoxville, volunteers help people find their way through the process.

Felony convictions block too many from voting and jobs access, federal civil rights report finds  Tampa Bay TimesFelony convictions have too much of an impact on access to voting rights, employment and social services, but Florida shows a promising change, according to ...

Trying to Restore the Vote to Prisoners Hurts More Than It Helps  SlateThere is also already momentum for change on this issue.

Amendment 4 is happening: Ex-felons can register to vote Tuesday  Tampa Bay TimesSupervisors in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco and Hernando all said the language was clear. Eligible felons can register on Jan. 8.

Nevada passes bill to automatically restore felons' voting rights upon release from prison  Reno Gazette JournalBill advances despite loud concerns from state Senate Republicans.

Free, weekly legal defense clinics give convicted felons a second chance  Arizona Daily StarThe Pima County Public Defender's Office is hosting free, weekly legal defense clinics, giving convicted felons a second chance at a *fresh* start.

Ford launches campaign to publicize automatic voting rights restoration bill  The Nevada IndependentAttorney General Aaron Ford is launching a public awareness campaign to inform an estimated 77,000 formerly incarcerated Nevadans that they will have their ...

Tennessee considers easing felon voting rights restoration  WREG NewsChannel 3Tennessee lawmakers are considering a move to make it easier for some felons to get their voting rights restored.

Bill to automatically restore voting rights to formerly incarcerated touted by Assembly speaker  The Nevada IndependentSponsored by Democratic Assembly Speaker Jason Frierson, AB431 would end the state's byzantine legal structure for the restoration of voting rights for ...

Groups protest 'anti-civil rights' bills in Florida House  Miami HeraldAbout a dozen groups protesting “anti-civil rights” bills on topics from immigration to school vouchers to the restoration of felons voting rights exploded into ...

Study: New law drastically undercuts felon voting rights restoration  Palm Beach PostResearcher determines that a new law will block more than 80 percent of felons thought to have regained their right to vote through Amendment 4.

Colorado could restore voting rights to 9,000 felons this year  The Colorado IndependentColorado isn't planning to let people vote from prison any time soon, but about 9,000 convicted felons could win back their right to vote in time for the 2019 ...

What's the Future of Voting Rights for Former Felons in Florida?  Pacific StandardIn November, voters passed an amendment restoring the right to vote for those convicted of a felony, but new legislation could diminish its potential impact.