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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.

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

How the Sierra Club Learned to Love Immigration

How the Sierra Club Learned to Love Immigration

by Brentin Mock on May 8 2013, 6:00AM

A racist fringe of the nation’s oldest and largest environmental group lost its battle over immigration. An inside look at the power struggle.

Topics: Environment, History

Is the 'Pigford' Pushback a Case of Resistance Against Reparations for Black Farmers?

Is the ‘Pigford’ Pushback a Case of Resistance Against Reparations for Black Farmers?

by Brentin Mock on May 6 2013, 1:12PM

Ten scholars from major universities have risen to the defense of black farmers who were accused in a New York Times article of exploiting and defrauding a settlement made to remedy decades of discrimination in financial lending. In a letter…

Topics: Media, /NOW

North Carolina Election Board Drops 56 HBCU Students From Voter Rolls Under Dubious Cause

by Brentin Mock on May 3 2013, 3:38PM

Close to 60 students at the historically black Elizabeth City State University were targeted by a county Republican Party chair who challenged their voter status for questionable reasons

Topics: /NOW