WHAT'S HAPPENING

As we gear up to take back the House in 2018, read some of the latest news and blog posts that demand our attention and action.

Disabled Americans Lost Voting Rights Under Trump Election Fraud Commissioner’s Law

December 11, 2017 5:03 pm

By Jessica Kwong from Newsweek The head of President Donald Trump’s election fraud commission drafted a law as a Kansas official that led to 23 disabled people not having their votes counted in a recent local election. The disenfranchisement occurred…

Black Mothers Keep Dying After Giving Birth. Shalon Irving’s Story Explains Why

December 11, 2017 4:04 am

By Nina Martin for NPR On a melancholy Saturday this past February, Shalon Irving’s “village” — the friends and family she had assembled to support her as a single mother — gathered at a funeral home in a prosperous black…

Why Women Vote For Sexual Predators

December 11, 2017 4:00 am

By Kaz Weida for RANTT In the aftermath of the 2016 election, the women of America stumbled around feeling more than a little shell-shocked. How had we gone from anticipating a woman would become the first president of the United…

Inside John Roberts’ Decades-Long Crusade Against the Voting Rights Act

December 11, 2017 3:47 am

AWP revisits some of the history behind the dismantling of the Voting Rights Act with this article by ARI BERMAN from Politico on August 10, 2015 John Glover Roberts, a 25-year-old graduate of Harvard Law School, arrived in Washington in…

Federal court order ends in RNC voter-intimidation case

December 5, 2017 7:14 pm

By CHRISTINA A. CASSIDY The Associated Press A long-standing court order prohibiting the Republican National Committee from engaging in voter verification and other “ballot security” measures expired Friday, although a federal judge left open the possibility it could be extended…

The Life and Death of a Radical Sisterhood

December 5, 2017 6:57 pm

By Joy Press for The Cut In the fall of 1967, a small gang of women began meeting regularly in cramped apartments across the Lower East Side. At the time, the Civil Rights Movement was shifting toward Black Power, while…

Women Line Up to Run for Office, Harnessing Their Outrage at Trump

December 5, 2017 6:51 pm

By MICHAEL TACKETT for NYTimes LEESBURG, Va. — For Wendy Gooditis, a Northern Virginia real estate agent, the crystallizing moment in her decision to run for office was when she heard her state delegate suggest that he had fought gerrymandering…

The First Woman to Translate the ‘Odyssey’ Into English

December 4, 2017 1:15 am

By Wyatt Mason for NYTimes Late in August, as a shadow 70 miles wide was traveling across the United States, turning day briefly to night and millions of Americans into watchers of the skies, the British classicist Emily Wilson, a…

The Men Who Cost Clinton the Election

December 3, 2017 9:54 pm

By Jill Filipovic for NYTimes Matt Lauer, like Charlie Rose and Mark Halperin before him, is a journalist out of a job after his employer fired him for sexually harassing female colleagues. It’s good news that real penalties are now…

Marie Newman (IL)

December 3, 2017 9:27 pm

The American Women’s Party enthusiastically endorses Marie Newman based on her strong platform supporting a women’s right to bodily autonomy, LGBTQ rights, healthcare expansion, and gun sense laws. Newman is challenging anti-choice candidate Dan Lipinski for the Illinois 3rd congressional…

Vote Suppressors Unleashed

November 30, 2017 8:25 pm

By Richard L. Hasen for Slate This could be a very bad week for voting rights in the United States. On Friday, a federal consent decree to stop potential voter suppression by the Republican National Committee—in place since 1982—is set…

Ibram Kendi, one of the nation’s leading scholars of racism, says education and love are not the answer

November 30, 2017 8:18 pm

By Lonnae O’Neal for the Undefeated It’s a Wednesday night at a bookstore in a well-off part of Washington, D.C., and every seat is taken. More than 100 people spill into the aisles or crowd the stacks past the philosophy…