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Chipping away at the foundations of democracy

How some states work to take away the right to vote by Kevin Morris Purges: A Growing Threat to the Right to Vote is a newly-released report by the Brennan Center for Justice. The report comes during a wave of efforts to keep people from being able to register to…

Supporting the foundations of democracy—Washington State

Officials in some states are determined to make voting a complicated task—purging voter rolls, reducing the number and open hours of polling places, prescribing specific IDs etc. Not the Pacific Northwest.  With all mail ballots, voting is easy though it might have lost an important contribution to civic life represented…

Who’s interfering with our “free and fair” elections?

(Ed. note: this is an excerpt from Noam Chomsky speaking on Democracy Now!) Take the issue of interference in our pristine elections. Did the Russians interfere in our elections? An issue of overwhelming concern in the media. But it’s really a joke.  First of all, if you’re interested in foreign…

On strike: The men and women in prison call for reform

On August 21, men and women in prisons across the US declared a nationwide strike to take place from that date through September 9. Their demands are for humane living conditions, access to rehabilitation, sentencing reform and the end of modern day slavery. Prisoners in at least 17 states agreed to withhold their work; to engage in peaceful sit-ins, to boycott prison stores, or to...

Report from the NWDC Resistance rally for immigrants detained in Tacoma

The Northwest Detention Center (NWDC) is located on a Superfund site in the tideflats of Tacoma. It is privately owned by the GEO Group —the second largest private prison contractor in the US—and can hold up to 1,575 people. All are imprisoned here to await a court hearing that will decide whether they will be deported or granted asylum or possibly some other legal status...

Israel razes a cultural landmark in Gaza

“Get back. We are going to hit the center.” “All our work was there, we lived there, our memories were there,” said Idrees Talib, Palestinian theater director. “I gave my colleagues some hope that a change would happen, but I don’t know what I can say to them after the…