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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.

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

Dream Defenders Leave Capitol, Heading for Governor's Home

Dream Defenders Leave Capitol, Heading for Governor’s Home

by Brentin Mock on August 15 2013, 4:30PM

The Dream Defenders are now taking their struggle from the capitol building to their communities.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW, Schools & Youth

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