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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.

Susan Rice Becomes Third African American to Lead National Security

Susan Rice Becomes Third African American to Lead National Security

by Brentin Mock on June 5 2013, 12:12PM

Rice was blocked as a contender for Secretary of State, but now she’ll occupy the White House as chief security advisor to Obama.

Topics: National Security, /NOW, Politics

North Carolina Republican Lawmaker Likens Civil Rights Protesters to 'Crazies'

North Carolina Republican Lawmaker Likens Civil Rights Protesters to ‘Crazies’

by Brentin Mock on June 4 2013, 11:02AM

Over 300 arrested in five weeks of civil rights protests in North Carolina.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Jessica Alba Shared Chemistry With Deceased Sen. Lautenberg

by Brentin Mock on June 3 2013, 3:41PM

Actress Jessica Alba worked with Sen. Lautenberg on legislation that would strengthen laws around testing chemicals used in everyday products.

Topics: Environment, /NOW

Sen. Frank Lautenberg (NJ) Dies; Cory Booker May Soon Fill His Seat

Sen. Frank Lautenberg (NJ) Dies; Cory Booker May Soon Fill His Seat

by Brentin Mock on June 3 2013, 2:36PM

Sen. Frank Lautenberg leaves a strong legacy behind in New Jersey and on Capitol Hill.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Good News in Mississippi: School-To-Prison Pipeline Closes

Good News in Mississippi: School-To-Prison Pipeline Closes

by Brentin Mock on May 31 2013, 1:50PM

Meridian schools can’t call the police on black students anymore for wearing the wrong colored socks.

Topics: /NOW, School-to-Prison, Schools & Youth

Bad News in Mississippi: Rats-to-Prison Pipeline Opens

Bad News in Mississippi: Rats-to-Prison Pipeline Opens

by Brentin Mock on May 31 2013, 12:57PM

So many rats in a Mississippi prison for the mentally ill that the inmates have started making pets out of them.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Apple Announces New Upgrade: Former EPA Chief Lisa Jackson

Apple Announces New Upgrade: Former EPA Chief Lisa Jackson

by Brentin Mock on May 29 2013, 11:17AM

The first black chief administrator of EPA is now working to green up Apple.

Topics: Environment, /NOW

Wal-Mart Smacked With $110 Million in Fines for Environmental Crimes

Wal-Mart Smacked With $110 Million in Fines for Environmental Crimes

by Brentin Mock on May 29 2013, 10:50AM

Wal-Mart illegally disposed of hazardous liquids and pesticides, now they’re paying up.

Topics: Environment, /NOW

Virginia Governor Will Restore Nonviolent Felons' Voting Rights

Virginia Governor Will Restore Nonviolent Felons’ Voting Rights

by Brentin Mock on May 29 2013, 9:33AM

Virginians with nonviolent felons no longer have to wait two years and apply for rights restoration, but violent felons still have to wait.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW, Politics

Task Force Says No Automatic Voting Rights Restoration for Former Felons

Task Force Says No Automatic Voting Rights Restoration for Former Felons

by Brentin Mock on May 28 2013, 3:17PM

Attorney General’s task force says neither the governor nor the general assembly can create laws to restore voting rights to former incarcerated.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW, Politics

Was Violent Felon Ban on Food Stamps Accepted With False Data?

Was Violent Felon Ban on Food Stamps Accepted With False Data?

by Brentin Mock on May 24 2013, 4:23PM

Louisiana Sen. Vitter claims massive fraud in his state is reason for felon ban on foods stamps, but no data supports that.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Racially Segregated 'Black-Only Pods' in Florida County Jail

Racially Segregated ‘Black-Only Pods’ in Florida County Jail

by Brentin Mock on May 24 2013, 10:56AM

African-American inmates were kept in ‘black-only pods’ because jail officials thought it would make the prison safer.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Local Election Officials Show Bias Against Latino Voters, Especially on Voter ID

Local Election Officials Show Bias Against Latino Voters, Especially on Voter ID

by Brentin Mock on May 23 2013, 11:15AM

Local election officials were three-and-a-half to four-times more likely to respond to the emails that came from the non-Latino name, Greg Walsh, than the Latino name, Luis Rodriguez.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Senate Accepts Deal to Kick Formerly Incarcerated Off Food Benefits

Senate Accepts Deal to Kick Formerly Incarcerated Off Food Benefits

by Brentin Mock on May 23 2013, 10:13AM

If this amendment ends up in the farm bill and passes, it would hit African Americans particularly hard.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Voter Suppression Group Sues IRS For Delaying Their Voter Suppression

by Brentin Mock on May 22 2013, 1:04PM

True the Vote is suing the IRS because the government agency dared to look into their voter suppression activity

Topics: /NOW, Politics

The 'Motor Voter Act' Turns 20 Today. Is It Aging Well?

The ‘Motor Voter Act’ Turns 20 Today. Is It Aging Well?

by Brentin Mock on May 20 2013, 4:04PM

A new report says it should expand easy registration into agencies used by new citizens and Native Americans.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Why Are Non-Profits Banned From Politicking to Begin With?

Why Are Non-Profits Banned From Politicking to Begin With?

by Brentin Mock on May 16 2013, 7:01AM

Tea party groups today claim non-partisanship, despite clear evidence otherwise, but it looks like the history of tax exempt status for non-profits wasn’t politically neutral to begin with.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

True the Vote Says It Was Singled Out by IRS

True the Vote Says It Was Singled Out by IRS

by Brentin Mock on May 15 2013, 9:12AM

“This is what the beginning of tyranny looks like,” the group’s leader told Breitbart.com

Topics: /NOW

Anti-Violence Blogger Among 19 Shot on Mother's Day in New Orleans

Anti-Violence Blogger Among 19 Shot on Mother’s Day in New Orleans

by Brentin Mock on May 13 2013, 1:54PM

Journalist and documentarian Deborah “Big Red” Cotton was one of the 19 people wounded in the tragic shooting during a “second line” Mother’s Day parade yesterday. In total, ten men, seven women and two 10-year-old children were injured. Cotton had…

Topics: National Security, /NOW, Schools & Youth

Three Key Graphs From New Census Report on Voting Rates by Race

Three Key Graphs From New Census Report on Voting Rates by Race

by Brentin Mock on May 9 2013, 1:55PM

Census finally released a report on how people voted by racial categories. Here’s what you need to know.

Topics: 2012 Election, /NOW, Politics