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Reaching Out to Voters in the Justice System

Many people lose their right to vote while incarcerated and don’t regain it after their sentences are over. There are many more people involved in the justice system who can vote but don’t know it. Communities could increase their political power if they could reach these voters.

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Shelter Shorts

Shelter Shorts, The Week in Community Development—June 15

History In San Francisco | Confusing, But Good News From Carson’s HUD | An Eviction Program Disguised As Public Safety | A National Health + Housing Model Is Completed | More…


Losses and Wins in Supreme Court: How Does It Affect You?

All eyes have been on the Supreme Court  this week, as it handed down decisions on the Voting Rights Act, Defense of Marriage Act, and California's Proposition 8. When we […]


Don’t Just Investigate, Apply the ACORN Rule

When ACORN, a community organizing anti-poverty group, was stripped of federal funds after (false) accusations of voter fraud were pushed on Congress by the Republican party, the “rule of ACORN” […]


Countering the Lies

As a parent, I try to teach my children that “I told you so” is rude, and generally unhelpful in building relationships. But in the world of politics, policy, and […]


Get Back the Vote

The United States has made slow, deliberate progress throughout its history to increase the voting franchise. But now, for the second time in our history, the nation is in real danger of moving backward.


Big News for Pennsylvania Voting Rights

You can add Pennsylvania to the list of states to have a voter ID law shelved, at least for now. The decision came after the state's supreme court instructed a […]


Good News for Voting Rights

A three-judge panel blocked Texas's voter ID law today, stating the law would curb voter turnout and would foist “strict, unforgiving burdens on the poor.” The ruling, according to The […]


What We Talk About When We Talk About Voting Machines

I suppose post-election time is as good a time as any to talk about voting machine flaws, particularly following a decisive presidential election. But, just like falling gas prices in […]


The Vote Rocked Me

I arrived at my polling place this morning, not knowing what kind of scene to expect. After days of TV images of snaking lines, hours long, in early voting states, […]


Too Young to Vote, But Not Too Young to Engage

The Obama campaign headquarters were bustling five days before the election and two high school journalism students I brought there to report for their school paper were enthralled. They came […]


DOJ Passes on Ohio

Well, not so fast. After a report in The Washington Post last weekend indicated that the White House had requested that the Justice Department look into 200,000 names on the […]


It’s The Great Election, Charlie Brown

Halloween approaches and, as always, we’re found waiting for the Great Pumpkin, er, Election. Immediately following the broadcast Tuesday of the Peanuts classic that tells the story of the mythical […]