Restore the Voting Rights Act

It’s been three years since the U.S. Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act or VRA.  What does that mean for Americans? What even IS the VRA? If you are, like I was, unfamiliar with the VRA, this blog will explore why it was–and still is–essential to American Democracy.  History President Lyndon B. Johnson’s address to Congress about his vision of a Voting Rights Act occurred on March 15, 1965. His speech took place one week after the events inRead more


Voter Suppression. It’s something I hadn’t spent much time thinking about until this election cycle. The GOP has driven so far to the right that their base threw up their hands and went for a non-politician. The Democratic Party also shifted so far to the right that a progressive movement rose up and got behind the campaign of a not-widely known Senator from Vermont.  Big money and Super Pacs have been deciding elections, the mainstream media’s been selling everyone aRead more


This week I went to the San Diego Convention Center on Tuesday morning at 10:30 a.m.  I’m a veteran of many Comic-Cons, so it was eerie to walk along a nearly-deserted sidewalk and go right into the building. Inside, things got a bit more familiar. There was a roped off area inhabited by about 20 people. I assessed the situation and claimed a spot against a wall to support my back, near 3 friendly Latinas. To my left, a youngRead more