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Brentin Mock

Brentin Mock
Political Correspondent
Washington, D.C.

Brentin Mock covers national politics for Colorlines. He previously served as lead reporter for Voting Rights Watch 2012, covering the challenges presented by new voter ID laws, suppression of voter registration drives, and other attempts to limit electoral power of people of color.

Brentin is also a contributor for Demos’ blog PolicyShop, where he covers voting rights and civil rights; and also a blogger for Grist.org, where he writes about environmental justice. You can read some of his other work at Next American City, Facing South, The Root, In These Times, American Prospect and The Washington Post.

Follow Brentin on Twitter at @brentinmock.

Eric Holder's Racial Justice Legacy

Eric Holder’s Racial Justice Legacy

by Brentin Mock on September 29 2014, 7:00AM

Attorney General Eric Holder announced his resignation late last week. Here, a review of his work on voting rights, mass incarceration and police brutality.

Topics: Politics

Why Can't Obama Just Handle It?

Why Can’t Obama Just Handle It?

by Brentin Mock on May 30 2014, 7:00AM

Deportations. Reparations. Climate change. What exactly can the White House do about these things?

Topics: Politics

Senior Congressman John Conyers' Re-Election in Danger

Senior Congressman John Conyers’ Re-Election in Danger

by Brentin Mock on May 23 2014, 4:05PM

Will John Conyers now needs a massive write-in campaign to continue to rep Detroit.

Topics: Voting Rights, Politics, Politics

Only Property Owners Should Vote Says Fla. Congressman

Only Property Owners Should Vote Says Fla. Congressman

by Brentin Mock on May 21 2014, 4:30PM

Fla. Rep. Yoho doesn’t stop with the nonsense, this time: voting.

Topics: Voting Rights, Politics, Politics

Newark Wins Ras Baraka; Significant Challenges Ahead

Newark Wins Ras Baraka; Significant Challenges Ahead

by Brentin Mock on May 14 2014, 12:25PM

Ras Baraka win is a referendum on education reform movement.

Topics: Voting Rights, Politics, Politics

Two Republican Leaders Give Up on Voter ID

Two Republican Leaders Give Up on Voter ID

by Brentin Mock on May 12 2014, 1:45PM

Sen. Rand Paul and Pa. Gov. Tom Corbett throw in the towel on voter ID

Topics: Politics

Racist Wisconsin Voter ID Law Banned For Life (or at Least Until the State Appeals)

Racist Wisconsin Voter ID Law Banned For Life (or at Least Until the State Appeals)

by Brentin Mock on April 29 2014, 3:30PM

Wisconsin becomes the fifth state where courts struck down voter ID laws.

Topics: Voting Rights, Politics, Politics

Justice Department to Begin Collecting Racial Profiling Data

Justice Department to Begin Collecting Racial Profiling Data

by Brentin Mock on April 28 2014, 1:00PM

The Justice Department will start tabulating stop-and-frisk frequency and racial bias.

Topics: Voting Rights, Criminal Justice, Politics, Politics

Arkansas Becomes Fourth State For Voter ID Court Defeat

Arkansas Becomes Fourth State For Voter ID Court Defeat

by Brentin Mock on April 25 2014, 3:00PM

Arkansas joins Pennsylvania, Missouri and Texas in voter ID court defeats.

Topics: Politics

Obama and Holder to Expand Clemency for Unfair Prison Sentences

Obama and Holder to Expand Clemency for Unfair Prison Sentences

by Brentin Mock on April 21 2014, 1:44PM

The Obama Administration wants to free more people unfairly imprisoned from jail

Topics: Voting Rights, Criminal Justice, Politics

New Orleans Filmmaker Spotlights Black Oystermen of Louisiana

New Orleans Filmmaker Spotlights Black Oystermen of Louisiana

by Brentin Mock on April 21 2014, 7:45AM

Vanishing Pearls director Nailah Jefferson restores black fishers deleted from the BP oil spill saga.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Environment

More Voting Rights Restoration Coming for Virginia

More Voting Rights Restoration Coming for Virginia

by Brentin Mock on April 18 2014, 10:01AM

Anyone with drug felony convictions in Virginia will now be eligible for automatic voting rights restoration.

Topics: Voting Rights, Criminal Justice, /NOW

Midterm Test: Who's Courting the Youth?

Midterm Test: Who’s Courting the Youth?

by Brentin Mock on April 11 2014, 7:00AM

Not the usual suspects, says Robert “Biko” Baker, League of Young Voters Education Fund executive director

Topics: Politics

People in Glass Houses Shouldn't Throw Stones

People in Glass Houses Shouldn’t Throw Stones

by Brentin Mock on April 1 2014, 7:00AM

The GOP has done poorly with its “minority outreach,” but Democrats aren’t doing too well, either.

Topics: Politics

FBI Arrests Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon

FBI Arrests Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon

by Brentin Mock on March 26 2014, 3:16PM

Charlotte mayor is facing a lot of years for bribery and extortion charges.

Topics: Voting Rights, Politics, Politics

Obamacare Deadline Extended for Some

Obamacare Deadline Extended for Some

by Brentin Mock on March 26 2014, 2:40PM

If you started purchasing Obamacare through the website, but didn’t complete by March 31, no worries … ‘til April.

Topics: Voting Rights, Economy, Health, Obamacare, Politics, Politics

Is It Time To Finally Stick a Fork In the Tea Party?

Is It Time To Finally Stick a Fork In the Tea Party?

by Brentin Mock on March 20 2014, 2:53PM

Tea Party may be down, but not out.

Topics: Voting Rights, Politics, Politics

Alex Sink Fails to Turn Up Voters of Color in Florida ... Again

Alex Sink Fails to Turn Up Voters of Color in Florida … Again

by Brentin Mock on March 13 2014, 8:05AM

Alex Sink just can’t get the vote out for black and brown Floridians.

Topics: Voting Rights, Immigration, Politics, Politics

Racism's at Root of Adegbile Denial

Racism’s at Root of Adegbile Denial

by Brentin Mock on March 10 2014, 11:41AM

Racism in the Senate continues to weaken civil rights law enforcement.

Topics: Politics

Senate Blocks Obama's Pick for New Civil Rights Chief

Senate Blocks Obama’s Pick for New Civil Rights Chief

by Brentin Mock on March 5 2014, 1:12PM

Former NAACP LDF attorney Debo Adegbile is blocked on racial grounds.

Topics: Voting Rights, Criminal Justice, /NOW, Politics, Politics

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