Green Tara by Salgado 2013 in San Juan, Puerto Rico
Go Back to Sleep America
By Jill Daltonelect
Go back to sleep America. The election is over. The “lesser of two evils” or as Glen Ford so aptly labeled him the “more effective evil” has won and all is well with the world.
You cast your faux fear vote for your faux president who was…
Today is Racist Fuckery (10.20.14): At yesterday’s protest outside the St Louis Rams game, racist fans got rowdy and physical. Who got arrested? Two of the protesters, of course. Mike Brown means we have to fight back. #staywoke
Cooperative businesses are proliferating quickly, but you wouldn’t know it from reading the Wall Street Journal.
"Social pain, anger at ecological degradation and the inability of traditional politics to address deep economic failings has fueled an extraordinary amount of practical on-the-ground institutional experimentation and innovation by activists, economists and socially minded business leaders in communities around the country."
"The greatest threat to public confidence in elections in this case is the prospect of enforcing a purposefully discriminatory law, one that likely imposes an unconstitutional poll tax and risks denying the right to vote to hundreds of thousands of eligible voters," she wrote.
Ginsburg notes that the law could may prevent more than 600,000 registered Texas voters (about 4.5% of all registered voters) from voting, and “a sharply disproportionate percentage of those voters are African-American or Hispanic.”
"The potential magnitude of racially discriminatory voter disenfranchisement counseled hesitation before disturbing the District Court’s findings and final judgment," she wrote. "Racial discrimination in elections in Texas is no mere historical artifact. To the contrary, Texas has been found in violation of the Voting Rights Act in every redistricting cycle from and after 1970."
It’s a scary law. For those that don’t understand, it is now up to Election Judges to decide whether or not a name matches an ID enough to allow that person to vote. And those Election Judges are often just Precinct Chairs, so it’s not that hard to become one. It causes a nightmare for women who have either married or divorced and never thought to change their voter registration. With African American names, which are often misspelled on official documents, as well as Hispanic names, it’s up to these same Election Judges to tell a person whether or not they can vote.
This is made all the more difficult when you understand that True the Vote, an incredibly racist organization does everything in its power to disenfranchise POC by going into minority strong districts and intimidating them from voting. There is already so much misinformation going around about federal laws, that adding this one is just the icing on the cake. I’ve heard knowledgable people give incorrect voting information.
We do everything we can in this country to keep people from voting. It should be the opposite.
My little bit of anarchy re: this law? I refuse to show my driver’s license and make them use my passport instead. It causes more work for the poll worker and when they complain to me, I tell them to complain to Stan Stanart and / or their State Senator or Representative and tell them how difficult it is to do the job when you ask for ID.
Milwaukee: Justice for Dontre Hamilton, murdered by killer cops!
Despite uncontested findings of purposeful discrimination in the GOP law, strict new Photo ID restrictions allowed to take effect.