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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.

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

Is a Constitutional Right to Vote Attainable?

Is a Constitutional Right to Vote Attainable?

by Brentin Mock on July 5 2013, 9:02AM

If we really want our voting rights protected, say advocates, we need the right enshrined into the Constitution

Topics: Voting Rights, Politics, Voting Rights Act

Federal Judge Needs Evidence Louisiana Prison Gets Extra Hot in July

Federal Judge Needs Evidence Louisiana Prison Gets Extra Hot in July

by Brentin Mock on July 3 2013, 3:26PM

Judge denies preliminary injunction that would protect death row inmates from extreme heat. Says he needs more evidence

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Comic Book Captures Mighty Environmental Justice Adventures

Comic Book Captures Mighty Environmental Justice Adventures

by Brentin Mock on July 2 2013, 3:33PM

“Mayah’s Lot” is a graphic novel tale of how a New York community fights back against polluter company.

Topics: Environment, /NOW

Environment, Immigration and Gay Groups Pledge Fight for Civil Rights

Environment, Immigration and Gay Groups Pledge Fight for Civil Rights

by Brentin Mock on July 2 2013, 10:17AM

Environmentalists, marriage equality advocates and immigration law reformists pledge to work together for voting rights.

Topics: /NOW, Politics, Voting Rights Act

SCOTUS Voting Rights Act Decision Might Not Apply to Texas

SCOTUS Voting Rights Act Decision Might Not Apply to Texas

by Brentin Mock on June 27 2013, 8:38PM

Texas was one of the first to run wild after the SCOTUS decision on the Voting Rights Act. A racist redistricting plan may lasso it back in.

Topics: /NOW, Politics, Voting Rights Act

Black Louisiana Senator 'Excited' That Voting Rights Act Was Gutted

Black Louisiana Senator ‘Excited’ That Voting Rights Act Was Gutted

by Brentin Mock on June 26 2013, 2:59PM

State Sen. Elbert Lee Guillory, an African American legislator for Louisiana, was elated yesterday that the Supreme Court neutralized the Section Five provision of the Voting Rights Act. In a message sent last evening from his Facebook account, Sen. Guillory…

Topics: /NOW, Politics, Voting Rights Act

State Attorney Generals Vow Immediate Voter ID Implementation

State Attorney Generals Vow Immediate Voter ID Implementation

by Brentin Mock on June 25 2013, 4:39PM

States that had holding back on voter ID laws are now moving forward full throttle after the Shelby decision.

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

Justice Ginsburg Quotes King and Shakespeare in Shelby Dissent

Justice Ginsburg Quotes King and Shakespeare in Shelby Dissent

by Brentin Mock on June 25 2013, 3:50PM

Justice Ginsburg rips apart the majority’s opinion which hollowed the Voting Rights Act.

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

OK, Congress, Time to Get Your (Voting Rights) Act Together

OK, Congress, Time to Get Your (Voting Rights) Act Together

by Brentin Mock on June 25 2013, 11:30AM

Congress now must go back to the drawing board on the Voting Rights Act. Can it?

Topics: Voting Rights, /NOW, Politics

Supreme Court Guts Voting Rights Act

Supreme Court Guts Voting Rights Act

by Brentin Mock on June 25 2013, 10:30AM

The Supreme Court says this is the end of Section Five of the Voting Rights Act. Now what?

Topics: Voting Rights, /NOW, Politics

Does the SCOTUS Arizona Ruling Impact the Voting Rights Act Case?

Does the SCOTUS Arizona Ruling Impact the Voting Rights Act Case?

by Brentin Mock on June 20 2013, 12:45PM

What does this week’s SCOTUS decision on proof-of-citizenship laws have to do with their upcoming decision on the Voting Rights Act?

Topics: /NOW, Politics, Voting Rights Act

Two Ways Arizona's Proof of Citizenship Law Might Get Reinstated

Two Ways Arizona’s Proof of Citizenship Law Might Get Reinstated

by Brentin Mock on June 18 2013, 1:01PM

Justice Scalia and Senators Cruz and Vitter are creating paths for Arizona to revive the proof of citizenship requirement.

Topics: Voting Rights, /NOW, Politics

US Supreme Court Strikes Down Proof of Citizenship Voting Law

US Supreme Court Strikes Down Proof of Citizenship Voting Law

by Brentin Mock on June 17 2013, 10:35AM

Proof of citizenship law in Arizona, which burdened Latino and Native American voters, has been struck by high court.

Topics: Voting Rights, /NOW, Politics

U.S. Reports to U.N. on Ending Racial Bias, With No Plan of Its Own

U.S. Reports to U.N. on Ending Racial Bias, With No Plan of Its Own

by Brentin Mock on June 14 2013, 3:02PM

U.S. says it can do more to address racial injustice. Civil rights group agree.

Topics: Immigration, /NOW

Justice Filled the 48 Hours Surrounding Medgar Evers' Assassination

Justice Filled the 48 Hours Surrounding Medgar Evers’ Assassination

by Brentin Mock on June 12 2013, 2:19PM

A chain of events concerning civil rights justice happened within 48 hours of Medgar Evers’ murder.

Topics: History, /NOW

Are States Delaying Voter ID Enactment to Duck Federal Racial Review?

Are States Delaying Voter ID Enactment to Duck Federal Racial Review?

by Brentin Mock on June 12 2013, 10:04AM

Some states may be hedging on a Supreme Court decision that might strike the Voting Rights Act’s Section Five clause.

Topics: /NOW, Politics, Voting Rights Act

Death Row Inmates Sue Louisiana Facility for Cruel and Unusual Heat Conditions

Death Row Inmates Sue Louisiana Facility for Cruel and Unusual Heat Conditions

by Brentin Mock on June 11 2013, 4:03PM

Death row inmates spend 23 hours a day in cells so hot the cinder block walls burn when touched.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Cory Booker Close to Officially Announcing Senate Run

Cory Booker Close to Officially Announcing Senate Run

by Brentin Mock on June 7 2013, 12:59PM

If Booker wins, there will be three African-Americans serving in the U.S. Senate, the largest number serving at same time.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Attorney General Holder Memorializes Civil Rights Patriot Medgar Evers

Attorney General Holder Memorializes Civil Rights Patriot Medgar Evers

by Brentin Mock on June 5 2013, 1:20PM

Attorney General Eric Holder credits Evers along with Marcus Garvey and Malcolm X for civil rights gains in America.

Topics: History, /NOW, Politics