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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.

Civil Rights Division Hit Hard in Justice Dept. Shutdown

Civil Rights Division Hit Hard in Justice Dept. Shutdown

by Brentin Mock on October 1 2013, 2:10PM

Attorney General Eric Holder has a full plate, but will lose much of his capacity to carry out the work due to Congress’ dysfunction.

Topics: Criminal Justice, National Security, /NOW, Politics, Shutdown

Holder Now Aims to Sue North Carolina Over Voter ID Law

Holder Now Aims to Sue North Carolina Over Voter ID Law

by Brentin Mock on September 30 2013, 9:45AM

Holder may seek to bail North Carolina back into federal “preclearance” oversight

Topics: Voting Rights, /NOW, Politics

Government Shutdown: Here We Go, Again

Government Shutdown: Here We Go, Again

by Brentin Mock on September 27 2013, 7:00AM

What’s open and what’s closed when the feds must shut their doors.

Topics: Politics, Shutdown

Nevada GOP Leader: 'Minorities Will Not Turn Out' to Vote in 2014

Nevada GOP Leader: ‘Minorities Will Not Turn Out’ to Vote in 2014

by Brentin Mock on September 26 2013, 11:38AM

Nevada GOP leader also doesn’t like that the Democratic Party has such a diverse tent of followers.

Topics: Voting Rights, /NOW, Politics

Strange Fruit: AIG CEO Says Investment Bankers Lynched Like in 'Deep South'

Strange Fruit: AIG CEO Says Investment Bankers Lynched Like in ‘Deep South’

by Brentin Mock on September 24 2013, 11:43AM

AIG corporate executives who almost tanked the U.S. economy and then were rewarded bonuses compared to the likes of Emmett Till.

Topics: Voting Rights, Economy, /NOW

Highlights From Congressional Black Caucus Legislative Conference

Highlights From Congressional Black Caucus Legislative Conference

by Brentin Mock on September 23 2013, 2:15PM

African-American Congress members gathered last week to tackle new policies concerning economic inequality, voting rights and criminal justice.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Economy, Environment, /NOW, Politics

Congress May Fix the Voting Rights Act This Year. Here's Why

Congress May Fix the Voting Rights Act This Year. Here’s Why

by Brentin Mock on September 13 2013, 7:00AM

Wanna bet that Congress restores key functions of the Voting Rights Act before New Years?

Topics: Voting Rights, Politics

Parting Words From Resigning NAACP President Ben Jealous

Parting Words From Resigning NAACP President Ben Jealous

by Brentin Mock on September 9 2013, 11:28AM

NAACP Legal and Educational Defense Fund also loses civil rights pillar in attorney Debo Adebile, who is now counsel for the U.S. Senate judiciary committee.

Topics: Voting Rights, History, /NOW, Politics

Florida Voter Registration Fraud Investigation Comes Up Empty

Florida Voter Registration Fraud Investigation Comes Up Empty

by Brentin Mock on September 4 2013, 3:32PM

Florida Republicans called for investigation into voter fraud that ended up exposing fraud from GOP.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Dream Defenders and DREAMers Were Cut From 'I Have a Dream' Ceremony

Dream Defenders and DREAMers Were Cut From ‘I Have a Dream’ Ceremony

by Brentin Mock on August 29 2013, 12:05PM

Leaders of youth social justice action organizations were invited to speak at the March on Washington 50th anniversary ceremony yesterday, but then cut at the last minute.

Topics: Voting Rights, March on Washington, /NOW

Report From the March on Washington 50th Anniversary Ceremony

Report From the March on Washington 50th Anniversary Ceremony

by Brentin Mock on August 29 2013, 11:00AM

The highs and the lows of yesterday’s commemoration

Topics: Voting Rights, History, March on Washington, /NOW, Politics

Colin Powell Talks Race, March on Washington and Voter ID

Colin Powell Talks Race, March on Washington and Voter ID

by Brentin Mock on August 26 2013, 9:28AM

Colin Powell says President Obama needs to step up race discussion.

Topics: Voting Rights, March on Washington, /NOW, Politics, Trayvon Martin

'One Man, One Vote' a Major Theme at March on Washington Anniversary

‘One Man, One Vote’ a Major Theme at March on Washington Anniversary

by Brentin Mock on August 26 2013, 8:00AM

The call to strengthen voting rights was a prominent feature of the 50th anniversary rally.

Topics: Voting Rights, March on Washington, Politics

Necessary Tension Around Obama at March on Washington 50th Anniversary

Necessary Tension Around Obama at March on Washington 50th Anniversary

by Brentin Mock on August 23 2013, 4:04PM

Looking at the blurred lines between Barack Obama and Martin Luther King.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW, Politics

Colin Powell To N. Carolina Gov.: Your Voter ID Law Punishes Minorities

Colin Powell To N. Carolina Gov.: Your Voter ID Law Punishes Minorities

by Brentin Mock on August 22 2013, 4:52PM

Powell reads North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory, calls BS on his voter fraud claims.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Shadowing the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington

Shadowing the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington

by Brentin Mock on August 22 2013, 3:00PM

A look inside the promotion and planning of the unofficial March for Jobs and Justice in Washington, D.C.

Topics: March on Washington, Politics

Attorney General Holder Will Sue Texas Over Voter ID Law

Attorney General Holder Will Sue Texas Over Voter ID Law

by Brentin Mock on August 22 2013, 2:05PM

Eric Holder delivers a two-fisted lawsuit to Texas today over its voter ID and redistricting plans.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

A Tale of Two (or Three) Marches in Washington, D.C.

A Tale of Two (or Three) Marches in Washington, D.C.

by Brentin Mock on August 21 2013, 2:27PM

Sorting out the events honoring the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington

Topics: March on Washington, /NOW, Politics

Obama Will Emphasize Class and Race at March on Washington 50th Anniversary

Obama Will Emphasize Class and Race at March on Washington 50th Anniversary

by Brentin Mock on August 19 2013, 11:20AM

Over the weekend, The Washington Post presented a preview of President Obama’s speech at the upcoming 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, which they report will strongly emphasize economic inequality problems, even more so than…

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Artur Davis Wants Voting Rights Restored for Former Felony Offenders

Artur Davis Wants Voting Rights Restored for Former Felony Offenders

by Brentin Mock on August 16 2013, 11:20AM

Is the former congressman who once supported voter ID laws changing his tune?

Topics: Voting Rights, /NOW, Politics