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Donald Trump Orders “Election Integrity” Commission Headed by Architects of Voter Suppression
Voting rights activists are expressing alarm after Donald Trump signed an executive order Thursday creating a “Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity.” Particularly worrying to voting right activists is the selection of Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach as the vice chair of the commission. Kobach has pushed for the strictest voter identification laws in the country and advocated for a “proof-of-citizenship” requirement at the state and federal levels. Guest is Ari Berman, senior contributing writer for The Nation, where he covers voting rights. His recent piece is headlined “Trump’s Commission on ‘Election Integrity’ Will Lead to Massive Voter Suppression.”
Would Trump Have Won Wisconsin—or the 2016 Election—Without Widespread Voter Suppression?
A new report has called into question whether Trump would have actually won Wisconsin during the 2016 presidential election without the state’s strict voter ID law. The study published by the progressive advocacy group Priorities USA says the law suppressed the votes of more than 200,000 residents—the majority of whom were African-American and Democratic-leaning. Trump won only about 23,000 more votes than Hillary Clinton in Wisconsin.
Jailed Reporter Barrett Brown on Press Freedom, FBI Crimes & Why He Wouldn’t Do Anything Differently
Investigative reporter Barrett Brown has recently completed a four-year prison sentence related to the hacking of the private intelligence firm Stratfor, which exposed how the firm spied on activists on behalf of corporations. He was released from prison earlier this year but was unexpectedly rearrested late last month, one day ahead of a scheduled interview for an upcoming PBS documentary. Brown was detained for four days and then released without receiving any formal written explanation for the arrest.
On Black Mama’s Bail Out Day, “Goal is to Free Our People from These Cages” Before Mother’s Day
On Thursday, racial justice groups began bailing women out of jail as part of a nationwide “Black Mama’s Bail Out Day.” The effort, taking place in nearly 20 cities, raises money to free as many black women from jail as possible in time for a Mother’s Day celebration with their families. Organizers for Black Mama’s Bail Out Day are calling for an end to the cash bail system, which keeps hundreds of thousands of people who have not been convicted of any crime imprisoned in jails every day nationwide while they await trial.