Weekend reading


Why prisoners across the country have gone on strike

Kiese Laymon on his relationship to the American flag in “What I Pledge Allegiance To”

A federal court ruled that employers can fire people just for having dreadlocks 

Massachusetts’s highest court: black people may flee from police due to fear of profiling

Aisha Harris and Jen Richards talk about problems with casting cisgender men as transgender women

Immigrants aren’t taking Americans’ jobs, new study finds

Elizabeth Warren just gave Hillary Clinton a big warning


There should be life after prison

map of felony disenfranchisement laws from the ACLU
map of felony disenfranchisement laws from the ACLU

Senate Democrats in tight races are running as fast as they can from Attorney General Eric Holder’s proposal to return voting rights to ex-felons:

Attorney General Eric Holder’s call to restore voting rights to felons after they’ve served their time in prison has split Senate Democrats.

Liberal Democrats who are not facing tough re-elections this year say it’s the right thing to do, but vulnerable incumbents are steering clear of the proposal.

Holder has become increasingly outspoken recently. This week he declared that state attorneys general are not obligated to defend laws that are discriminatory.

Political experts say barring ex-felons from voting impacts African Americans disproportionately.

It’s embarrassing and sad that this is even controversial. But your ability to exercise your right to vote as an ex-felon is vastly different depending on where you live. In some states, felons lose their voting rights for life. I am proud that my home state is one of only two that allow felons to vote while in prison.

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