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Here’s What We’re Reading: Monday News Roundup

Here’s What We’re Reading: Monday News Roundup

Here are some headlines from the working family’s news we're reading today (after the jump).

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Most Wisconsin Republican Senators Who Support Limiting Early Voting Rights Have Voted Early Themselves

In a stunning display of hypocrisy, 15 of the 17 Wisconsin state senators who voted to restrict early voting hours in Wisconsin have themselves voted early.  Senate Bill 324 would prohibit voters from casting their ballots early before 8 a.m. or after 7 p.m. on weekdays or at any time on weekends. The total number of hours that early voting ballots, which are submitted as absentee ballots, can be accepted under the legislation cannot exceed 45 hours a week.  

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What We’re Reading Today: Wednesday News Roundup

What We’re Reading Today: Wednesday News Roundup

Here are some headlines from the working families news we're reading today (after the jump).

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Executive Council Calls for Strong Voting Rights Act Repair, Salutes VW Workers, Moves to Increase Young Workers’ Voices

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In statements adopted Wednesday at its annual winter meeting in Houston, the AFL-CIO Executive Council:

  • Called for the restoration of the Voting Rights Act that the U.S. Supreme Court weakened in a 2013 decision;
  • Vowed its continued support for Tennessee Volkswagen workers and condemned the actions of extremist politicians and outside groups in the recent union election; and
  • Set steps to involve more young workers in all levels of the AFL-CIO.   

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Black History Month: IBEW Leader Breaks Down Voting Barriers for People of Color in Mississippi

Charlie Horhn. Photo via the Electrical Worker online.

It took years of hard work, but Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 2262 member and former local president Charles Horhn didn't give up on his dream. Horhn, a member of the A. Philip Randolph Institute, marched with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the 1966 March Against Fear in Mississippi and worked with the Mississippi AFL-CIO, the NAACP, as well as other community and faith groups to register voters of color all over the state starting in the 1960s.

Text HISTORY to 235246 to hear workers reflect on Black History Month (standard data and message rates may apply). 

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Massachusetts Set to Expand Voting Rights

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The commonwealth of Massachusetts is joining a national trend to expand voting rights. While some states are moving in the other direction, more states expanded voting rights in 2013 than contracted them; and the trend is likely to continue in 2014. First up, the Massachusetts Senate passed a bill, H. 3788, that significantly expands the voting rights of residents. The bill passed by a 37–1 vote. It is similar to a House bi–ll that passed 141–10 last year. A conference committee will have to mend the differences between the two bills, but with the overwhelming majorities that passed it in each house and strong vocal support from Gov. Deval Patrick (D), the bill seems likely to become law.

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Struck Down: Judge Rules Pa. Voter ID Law Unconstitutional

Struck Down: Judge Rules Pa. Voter ID Law Unconstitutional

A Pennsylvania court has ruled that the state’s voter ID law the Republican legislature rammed through and Gov. Tom Corbett (R) signed into law before the 2012 elections is unconstitutional and “unreasonably burdens the right to vote.”

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Justice Department Files Suit to Halt N.C. Voter Suppression

Justice Department Files Suit to Halt N.C. Voter Suppression

The U.S. Department of Justice filed suit yesterday to block North Carolina’s new voter suppression law that would disenfranchise more than 300,000 voters, mostly African American, young people and seniors. In a press conference, Attorney General Eric Holder said the law passed by the Republican-dominated legislature and signed by Gov. Pat McCrory (R) in August was a deliberate attempt to exclude voters of color. 

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Political Action Must Maximize Workers’ Right to Organize, Bargain

Carwash worker in Los Angeles

The years-long assault on workers’ and voting rights at state and national levels by corporate special interests and their political allies means, says a resolution on political action approved this afternoon by delegates to the AFL-CIO 2013 Convention:

It is crucial that our political action maximize the potential for workers to organize and bargain collectively.

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12th Moral Monday Spotlights Voter Suppression

North Carolina AFL-CIO photo

Apparently unwilling to face up to the North Carolina voters who are taking them to task each week for the extremist tea party/corporate agenda they are enacting, North Carolina legislators yesterday moved their normal Monday evening sessions back several hours to avoid the 12th Moral Monday protest at the state Capitol in Raleigh.

But once again, nearly 2,000 civil rights, union, student and other working family activists rallied yesterday evening to spotlight the legislature’s and Gov. Pat McCrory’s radical  actions, with a special emphasis on the continuing rollback of voting rights in North Carolina.   

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