New Orleans, LA
Brentin Mock is a New Orleans-based journalist who serves as Colorlines.com's Reporting Fellow on Voting Rights, 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. In his previous position as senior editor at The Loop 21, Brentin also covered electoral politics with a significant amount of reporting on voter ID issues. In New Orleans, Brentin also works as web editor for the online, citizen-journalist driven blogsite Bridge the Gulf and helped launch the New Orleans online investigative news site The Lens. He previously worked at The American Prospect as a reporter and blogger covering environmental justice issues through a fellowship awarded by the Metcalf Institute for Environmental Reporting. Brentin also served on the staff of the national magazine Intelligence Report, published by Southern Poverty Law Center, investigating hate groups and anti-immigrant nativist extremists. Brentin's professional career began in his native city of Pittsburgh, working as managing editor of the African-American community newspaper Renaissance News before joining the staff of the alternative newsweekly Pittsburgh City Paper. His work has been published in GOOD, The Root, The Daily Beast, Newsweek.com, The Grio, The Atlantic, Next American City, Truthout.org, Alternet, Vibe.com, XXL, The Source, and Religion Dispatches.
Follow Brentin at @bmockaveli.
by Brentin Mock on December 14 2012, 10:12AM
Obama’s recent court victory on early voting may have carved a legal path for fighting down felony disenfranchisement laws.
by Brentin Mock on December 13 2012, 2:40PM
Just a month from Election Day states are already pining for restrictions in the next election.
by Brentin Mock on December 11 2012, 12:23PM
Agreement between New Orleans sheriff and DOJ includes new safeguards to stop prisoner rape.
by Brentin Mock on December 6 2012, 10:54AM
Guyot’s memorials prompted a Wall Street Journal op-ed writer to insist that the civil rights past is irrelevant to the Voting Rights Act’s future.
by Brentin Mock on November 27 2012, 10:25AM
An idea is spreading on the right that Republicans are unfairly constrained by a court ruling that bars the party from targeting “ballot security” measures at communities of color.
by Brentin Mock on November 19 2012, 4:41PM
Seems like he’s desperate enough to do it.
by Brentin Mock on November 16 2012, 7:33AM
From early voting to poll watching, felony disenfranchisement to redistricting, 10 lessons from an election season in which voting itself was hotly debated.
by Brentin Mock on November 15 2012, 12:32PM
They’re really, really sorry. But did they get off too easily?
by Brentin Mock on November 14 2012, 9:54AM
The Voting Rights Act is, in some ways, living on borrowed time.
by Brentin Mock on November 7 2012, 10:54AM
Those long, snaking lines were about more than a vote. The people most battered and excluded from the nation’s politics and economy are refusing to be ignored.
by Brentin Mock on November 6 2012, 4:57PM
The state is still challenging the voting rights of people at the polls.
Topics: Voting Rights
by Brentin Mock on November 5 2012, 11:36AM
A Tampa group has filed dozens of last-minute voter challenges, in a troubling indication of ramped up suppression efforts. Meanwhile, as record turnout forced long lines, poll watchers have cried foul over bottled water.
by Brentin Mock on October 31 2012, 12:24PM
Robert Jeffress is no stranger to incendiary, extremist, if not partisan views, particularly as they pertain to President Barack Obama
by Brentin Mock on October 30 2012, 10:07AM
For two years, Florida’s tea party Republicans have been working to undo the huge turnout of black voters on the Sunday before Election Day. It didn’t work.
by Brentin Mock on October 24 2012, 9:28AM
Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell is restoring the voting rights of more formerly incarcerated residents than any previous administration. And it’s still a drop in the bucket.
by Brentin Mock on October 19 2012, 12:09PM
DOJ coming to True the Vote’s crib to monitor elections.
by Brentin Mock on October 17 2012, 10:42AM
The battered group’s poll watching “army” is on the retreat, but is it now trying to cash in through harassing state election officials?
by Brentin Mock on October 10 2012, 12:35PM
Voter ID laws blocked in South Carolina and Mississippi, the latter where tea party leader says women don’t deserve to vote.