April 27, 2002 |
A RIDICULOUS BIT of misinformation has been floating out there for a while, resistant to repeated shots of the truth - Congress must act in 2007 to preserve voting rights for blacks. As best I can figure, the beginning of a mass hysteria that has had blacks fearing a return to slavery or whatever state of civic existence they had before the adoption of the Civil Rights Act of 1965 traces to a commentary by a grief-stricken Camille Cosby after the 1997 murder of her son, Ennis. Since then, blacks who ought to know better have sounded the alarm from pulpits, in newspapers, on the Internet and even, it seems, in classrooms.
November 28, 1989 |
Homeless people, who lose their right to vote along with their street addresses, would be allowed back at the polls under a bill scheduled to go before the House this week. The proposal would allow homeless adults to vote as long as they provide the state with an address where they can be found - even a park bench - and a place where they can receive mail, such as a shelter or a post office box. The Senate, meanwhile, is poised to vote on proposals that could end the election of appellate court judges and that would allow inmates to earn the right to leave prison early.
April 19, 2008 |
Malissa Gamble knew this audience: 40 ex-offenders about to graduate yesterday from a program designed to wean them back into society. Once, she was one of them. Over the last two weeks, those sitting in classroom rows inside the Mayor's Office of Reentry in Southwest Philadelphia received services that included job training, GED classes, drug counseling, family reunification and pep talks. They will leave the program with a resume, a graduation letter, and a letter of recommendation.
August 26, 2010 |
Today marks the 90th anniversary of the certification of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote. It was the culmination of one of the most controversial chapters of American history, spanning nearly 70 years. Of all the names associated with the women's suffrage movement, Katharine Wentworth Ruschenberger's is one of the least known. But her brilliant idea of a Liberty Bell replica dedicated to female suffrage - and her generosity in paying for it - were instrumental in the campaign for the amendment.
March 12, 2006 |
Bruce S. Gordon is on a mission to help the voters of New Orleans. The NAACP president and chief executive officer is urging Louisiana and the federal government to step up and protect the right to vote for those who are still displaced by Hurricane Katrina. "One of the few things they have is the right to vote," Gordon said. Gordon was at Cheyney University yesterday to celebrate the 82d anniversary of the Media Area Unit of the NAACP and to attend a business meeting with the Pennsylvania units.
June 1, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. told African American clergy leaders Wednesday that a wave of new state laws on voting and legal challenges to the Voting Rights Act of 1965 may jeopardize rights they helped fight for in the civil rights era. "Despite our nation's long tradition of extending voting rights ... a growing number of our fellow citizens are worried about the same disparities, divisions, and problems that - nearly five...
December 28, 1999 |
The wisdom of the street says that if you do the crime, be prepared to serve the time. In Pennsylvania, shedding your prison stripes doesn't make you a full citizen. Inmates convicted of a felony are barred from voting for five years after their release from prison. And that, according to the NAACP, which yesterday announced the filing of a friend-of-the-court brief in a federal lawsuit, amounts to a state-sponsored form of discrimination. J. Whyatt Mondesire, president of the Philadelphia NAACP, said minorities are treated more harshly by the criminal justice system.
February 17, 1998 |
When one thinks of individuals who made sacrifices, including giving their lives, to gain for African Americans the most cherished of American freedoms - the right to vote - one usually thinks of the South during the postReconstruction period or the 1960s civil rights movement. Names like Evers, Chaney, Goodman, Hamer and King immediately come to mind, as do places like Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana. But the struggle to gain the right to vote was also very much a part of the history of northern states like Pennsylvania and cities like Philadelphia.
June 14, 2000 |
Five years ago, the Pennsylvania General Assembly banned individuals convicted of felonies from registering to vote for five years after leaving prison. Simple enough, right? Not really. You see, the restriction applies only to registration, not to voting itself. If you weren't registered before going to prison, you can't vote when you get out. That's clear. If you were registered, you can vote, but only if you return to your pre-prison address. Moving to a new address requires you to re-register, in which case you're out of luck.
March 7, 2000
It's election time and most of you know what that means. Politicians are now busy passing laws, making speeches, holding hearings, all in an effort to make themselves seem relevant and indispensable. We don't know state Rep. Andrew Carn, D-Philadelphia, well enough to judge if he's any different from most politicians. But we can say this, he isn't likely to get too many re-election votes for the cause he's now championing. He's fighting for paroled felons in Pennsylvania to have the right to vote.