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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.

Cory Booker Wins Senate Primary Easily, Despite Criticism

Cory Booker Wins Senate Primary Easily, Despite Criticism

by Brentin Mock on August 14 2013, 11:48AM

Moderation seems the unavoidable tax for African-American Democratic candidates looking to win statewide offices in states like New Jersey.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Activists Rally Around Rosanell Eaton as NC Voter ID Becomes Law

Activists Rally Around Rosanell Eaton as NC Voter ID Becomes Law

by Brentin Mock on August 13 2013, 10:16AM

Yesterday, North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory signed what’s been called the most restrictive voter ID bill in the nation into law.

Topics: /NOW, Politics, Voter Suppression

Holder: 'We Can't Incarcerate Our Way to Becoming a Safer Nation'

Holder: ‘We Can’t Incarcerate Our Way to Becoming a Safer Nation’

by Brentin Mock on August 12 2013, 9:33AM

Holder will seek ways to reduce sentences for nonviolent, non-gang affiliated drug dealers.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

The Dream Defenders Introduce 'Trayvon's Law'; Talib Kweli Weighs In

The Dream Defenders Introduce ‘Trayvon’s Law’; Talib Kweli Weighs In

by Brentin Mock on August 8 2013, 4:34PM

Youth leaders want state to reform Stand Your Ground and School-to-Prison Pipeline issues.

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth

AG Holder Hints at Major Drug Sentencing Reforms Coming

AG Holder Hints at Major Drug Sentencing Reforms Coming

by Brentin Mock on August 8 2013, 11:40AM

Looks like Attorney General Eric Holder is drawing the curtains on the War on Drugs

Topics: Criminal Justice, Drug War, /NOW

Reasons to Hope on the Voting Rights Act's 48th Anniversary

Reasons to Hope on the Voting Rights Act’s 48th Anniversary

by Brentin Mock on August 6 2013, 12:25PM

Today marks the 48th anniversary of the signing of the Voting Rights Act into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson, after months of civil rights organizing, sit-ins, bloodshed and deaths compelled the federal government to intervene in the struggle against…

Topics: /NOW, Politics, Voting Rights Act

Florida Congressman: Obamacare Tax on Tanning is 'Racist'

Florida Congressman: Obamacare Tax on Tanning is ‘Racist’

by Brentin Mock on August 5 2013, 4:17PM

Republicans will stop at nothing to tarnish and overturn Obamacare.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Cory Booker Raises Money with Oprah, Misses NAACP Debate

Cory Booker Raises Money with Oprah, Misses NAACP Debate

by Brentin Mock on August 5 2013, 12:09PM

Booker lands Oprah endorsement, but some of New Jersey civil rights leaders are supporting his opponents.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Obama Reassures on Voting Rights Protections

Obama Reassures on Voting Rights Protections

by Brentin Mock on July 30 2013, 11:22AM

President Obama brings Holder and former civil rights division director Thomas Perez to a meeting with civil rights advocates on the Voting Rights Act.

Topics: Voting Rights, /NOW, Politics

Obama's New (Good) Cabinet Picks

Obama’s New (Good) Cabinet Picks

by Brentin Mock on July 29 2013, 7:00AM

While we were focused on the Zimmerman trial, the Senate snuck confirmations in for Obama’s administration — and they’re good.

Topics: Economy, Environment, Immigration

DOJ To Sue Texas Under Voting Rights Act 'Bail-In' Provision

DOJ To Sue Texas Under Voting Rights Act ‘Bail-In’ Provision

by Brentin Mock on July 25 2013, 9:52AM

As we reported shortly after the U.S. Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act’s Section Five, Texas could still face “preclearance” — federal review of election changes to ensure disenfranchisement won’t result — under the Section Three “bail-in” provision. Both…

Topics: /NOW, Politics, Voting Rights Act

Rep. John Lewis Debuts His New Graphic Novel at Comic-Con

Rep. John Lewis Debuts His New Graphic Novel at Comic-Con

by Brentin Mock on July 22 2013, 1:01PM

Rep. John Lewis was himself inspired by a comic book based on civil rights in the 1960s. Now he’s produced his own.

Topics: /NOW

Students Have Taken Over Florida Governor's Office Demanding Justice For Trayvon

Students Have Taken Over Florida Governor’s Office Demanding Justice For Trayvon

by Brentin Mock on July 18 2013, 1:57PM

Students as young as nine years old are camping at the state capitol to push for new laws that protect them from racial profiling.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW, Schools & Youth, Trayvon Martin

Is Obama Poised To Create Stop-and-Frisk Nation?

Is Obama Poised To Create Stop-and-Frisk Nation?

by Brentin Mock on July 18 2013, 1:51PM

Amidst national debates around racial profiling, Obama endorses the head cheerleader for stop-and-frisk policies to head Homeland Security.

Topics: National Security, /NOW, Stop and Frisk

Pa. GOP Chair Credits Voter ID With Cutting Obama Voters

Pa. GOP Chair Credits Voter ID With Cutting Obama Voters

by Brentin Mock on July 17 2013, 4:42PM

Hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians lack ID to vote under new law. Republican chair says that was good for his party.

Topics: /NOW, Politics, Voter Suppression

How Zimmerman's Colorblind Trial Helps the Justice Dept.'s Case

How Zimmerman’s Colorblind Trial Helps the Justice Dept.’s Case

by Brentin Mock on July 17 2013, 12:14PM

States don’t do well prosecuting hate crimes. The Feds are built for it.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Politics, Trayvon Martin

South Carolina's Voting Walking Dead Story Proven Fluke

South Carolina’s Voting Walking Dead Story Proven Fluke

by Brentin Mock on July 12 2013, 2:25PM

South Carolina lawmakers claimed zombies have been voting. An investigation by the state’s law enforcement division proved this wrong.

Topics: Voting Rights, /NOW, Politics, Voting Rights Act

Farm Bill Passes House Without a Dollar for SNAP Food Assistance

Farm Bill Passes House Without a Dollar for SNAP Food Assistance

by Brentin Mock on July 12 2013, 1:46PM

African American Rep. Corrine Brown teared up as she scolded Republican lawmakers for extracting food stamps from the farm bill, telling them “This is not a game.”

Topics: Food Stamps, /NOW, Politics, Shutdown

NC Redistricting Decision Another Setback for Voting Rights

NC Redistricting Decision Another Setback for Voting Rights

by Brentin Mock on July 10 2013, 3:32PM

A redistricting plan for North Carolina that civil rights activists call racially gerrymandered is upheld by three-judge panel.

Topics: Voting Rights, /NOW, Politics

NAACP LDF President Gives Blueprint for Voting Rights in Post-Shelby Nation

NAACP LDF President Gives Blueprint for Voting Rights in Post-Shelby Nation

by Brentin Mock on July 9 2013, 8:59AM

Sherrilyn Ifill of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund talks about the future of the Voting Rights Act.

Topics: /NOW, Politics, Voting Rights Act