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voting reform

Senate Republicans Block ‘For the People Act’ Voter Reform Bill and Effectively Preserve Racist Voting Restrictions

Conservative lawmakers from Georgia to Florida to Texas continue to pass highly restrictive and racist election reform laws designed to keep Democrats and people of color from voting, and the Senate appears powerless — at least for now — to stop their Jim Crow-era antics. The latest blow to the…

Juneteenth National Independence Day Act bill signing

House Passes and Biden Signs New Bill To Make Juneteenth a Federal Holiday

The U.S. House of Representatives has voted to designate Juneteenth as a federal holiday, one day after the Senate unanimously voted for its passage. President Biden quickly signed the bill into law on June 17, making this year’s Juneteenth the first national recognition of Black Independence Day in the United…

Zahid N. Quraishi

Senate Confirms Zahid Quraishi, First Muslim American Federal Judge in American History

In a remarkable show of bipartisan support for our usually divided congressional leadership, the Senate has voted to confirm the appointment of the first-ever Muslim American federal judge in U.S. history. On Thursday, June 10, Zahid Quraishi was officially approved to the U.S. District Court for the District of New…

Georgia voting reform

Georgia Lawmakers Face Lawsuits and Corporate Boycotts Following Racist and Hyper Restrictive New Voting Regulations

Just days after Georgia lawmakers approved a voter suppression law designed to disenfranchise the state’s citizens, making it harder for young people, people of color and Democrats, efforts including lawsuits and corporate boycotts are already underway in an attempt to roll back the racist and anti-American restrictions.  Inae Oh of…

Tammy Duckworth and Mazie Hirono

Two Top Asian American Democrats, Angered Over Lack of Diversity in Biden Cabinet, Threaten to Block Votes of Future Nominees

Angered over the lack of Asian American representation among President Joe Biden’s Cabinet, Senators Tammy Duckworth of Illinois and Mazie Hirono of Hawaii are threatening to begin voting against future White House Cabinet nominees who aren’t diverse minorities. Duckworth, the first Thai American woman elected to Congress and the first…