New Orleans, LA
Brentin Mock is a New Orleans-based journalist who serves as Colorlines.com's Reporting Fellow on Voting Rights, 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. In his previous position as senior editor at The Loop 21, Brentin also covered electoral politics with a significant amount of reporting on voter ID issues. In New Orleans, Brentin also works as web editor for the online, citizen-journalist driven blogsite Bridge the Gulf and helped launch the New Orleans online investigative news site The Lens. He previously worked at The American Prospect as a reporter and blogger covering environmental justice issues through a fellowship awarded by the Metcalf Institute for Environmental Reporting. Brentin also served on the staff of the national magazine Intelligence Report, published by Southern Poverty Law Center, investigating hate groups and anti-immigrant nativist extremists. Brentin's professional career began in his native city of Pittsburgh, working as managing editor of the African-American community newspaper Renaissance News before joining the staff of the alternative newsweekly Pittsburgh City Paper. His work has been published in GOOD, The Root, The Daily Beast, Newsweek.com, The Grio, The Atlantic, Next American City, Truthout.org, Alternet, Vibe.com, XXL, The Source, and Religion Dispatches.
Follow Brentin at @bmockaveli.
by Brentin Mock on July 25 2012, 9:52AM
Ten voters will attempt to show in court that the law has clear and racially biased impact on Pennsylvanians’ right to vote.
by Brentin Mock on July 12 2012, 10:14AM
In 1944, a landmark Supreme Court decision over Texas’ Jim Crow laws changed the arc of voting history. This week, the case that’s expected to change things again began its trip to the Roberts court.
by Brentin Mock on July 5 2012, 10:20AM
The battle unfolding in Michigan this week illustrates how a 15-state consortium of rightwing elections officials—who are willing to say anything to advance the voter fraud meme—plan to dismantle voting rights.
by Brentin Mock on June 29 2012, 9:38AM
What a difference an election makes. Since the 2010 Tea Party wins in Florida, the voting rights landscape has changed dramatically. What was once a discussion of expanding the vote is now all about shutting it down.
by Brentin Mock on June 27 2012, 5:30PM
A federal judge denied the U.S. Department of Justice’s request for an emergency restraining order to halt Florida’s non-citizen voter purge.
by Brentin Mock on June 19 2012, 11:58AM
Civil rights groups are suing Florida over the state’s voter purging initiative. The Advancement Project’s co-director Penda Hair explains why this lawsuit is necessary.
by Brentin Mock on June 14 2012, 10:00AM
Even in offering Pennsylvanians free voter ID cards, it’s still a measure that places the right to vote in a plastic card rather than in the citizen.
by Brentin Mock on June 7 2012, 10:49AM
The standoff has been all heat and no light around a poorly designed and poorly timed voter purging scheme.
by Brentin Mock on June 6 2012, 9:14AM
Robo-calls, residency rules and misinformation about a voter ID law stirred confusion among young voters in particular during yesterday’s recall vote of Gov. Scott Walker. But turnout remained high—if not enough to counter Walker’s well-funded campaign.
by Brentin Mock on June 1 2012, 10:40AM
Say goodbye to Florida’s 48-hour deadline rule for groups handing in voter registration applications.
Topics: Voting Rights
by Brentin Mock on June 1 2012, 10:38AM
The Republican Party of Florida believes its voting practices are “easy” to comply with. Civil rights organizations, the Department of Justice and a federal judge all argue otherwise.
by Brentin Mock on May 31 2012, 4:06PM
U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle’s injunction comes at a critical moment.
by Brentin Mock on May 31 2012, 8:59AM
The influence of scam artist James O’Keefe on pro-voter ID legislators lately has been jarring.
Topics: Voting Rights
by Brentin Mock on May 25 2012, 9:52AM
You can’t, because D’Angelo is one of millions of African Americans across America who rightly or wrongly have had their licenses revoked or suspended due to interactions with the law.
by Brentin Mock on May 22 2012, 4:00PM
Is the civil rights icon Rep. Jim Clyburn throwing in the towel in the battle over photo voter ID laws?
by Brentin Mock on May 18 2012, 9:56AM
The intersection between what congressional Democrats and state Republicans are attempting around voting shows a tragic collision in which democracy, citizens of color, and many living in poverty will be the casualties.
by Brentin Mock on May 11 2012, 10:31AM
There may be some disagreement on the numbers but we should agree on one thing: While voter registration numbers may not be as bad as reported, that doesn’t mean it’s time to rejoice.
by Brentin Mock on May 10 2012, 9:07AM
The campaign’s leader described how voters should feel while under the gaze of its observers: “Like driving and seeing the police following you.” The right casts this as the real civil rights battle of our time.