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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.

North Carolina Clergy Jailed While Praying for '21st Century George Wallace' Governor

North Carolina Clergy Jailed While Praying for ’21st Century George Wallace’ Governor

by Brentin Mock on April 30 2013, 1:35PM

Seventeen arrests were made at a North Carolina protest.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Black Voters Made History By Beating Whites to Polls Last November

Black Voters Made History By Beating Whites to Polls Last November

by Brentin Mock on April 29 2013, 11:11AM

African Americans turned out to vote at a higher rate than white voters last November

Topics: /NOW, Politics

North Carolina Students Protest Harsh Voter ID Bill

North Carolina Students Protest Harsh Voter ID Bill

by Brentin Mock on April 26 2013, 4:00PM

North Carolina’s Republican-dominated legislature passed the Voter Information Verification Act through its House chamber Wednesday. If the bill passes the Senate, it would only need the governor’s signature to make it mandatory for voters to show photo identification in order…

Topics: /NOW, Politics

'Environmental Justice' Soldiers On Without a King, Queen--or Major Dollars

‘Environmental Justice’ Soldiers On Without a King, Queen—or Major Dollars

by Brentin Mock on April 23 2013, 6:00AM

With the defeat of Big Green on climate-change, community-based, grassroots groups led by people of color are creating a blueprint for actual change. The EJ response to Superstorm Sandy is Exhibit A.

Topics: Environment

Georgia Marks First Conviction for Federal Hate Crime Targeting a Gay Person

Georgia Marks First Conviction for Federal Hate Crime Targeting a Gay Person

by Brentin Mock on April 19 2013, 3:20PM

Two African-American men from Atlanta plead guilty today to attacking a man outside of a store because he is gay.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, /NOW

North Carolina GOP Unleashes Hardcore Voter ID Package

North Carolina GOP Unleashes Hardcore Voter ID Package

by Brentin Mock on April 4 2013, 4:02PM

The state’s Republicans also want to sack early voting and institute felony disenfranchisement.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Arkansas Overrides Governor's Veto to Pass Voter ID Law

Arkansas Overrides Governor’s Veto to Pass Voter ID Law

by Brentin Mock on April 4 2013, 3:33PM

Arkansas is one of two states that have passed restrictive voter bills this year.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Mainstream Green Is Still Too White

Mainstream Green Is Still Too White

by Brentin Mock on April 2 2013, 6:30AM

In Obama’s first term, big environmental groups poured resources into congressional lobbying and corporate connections rather than environmental justice. With climate change back on the legislative table, will history repeat itself?

Topics: Environment

The Familiar and False Argument That Gay Rights 'Shut Out' Other Civil Rights

The Familiar and False Argument That Gay Rights ‘Shut Out’ Other Civil Rights

by Brentin Mock on March 28 2013, 3:46PM

Once again, with gay rights in the news, a black commentator tries to talk a fake debate into existence.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, Media, /NOW

Virginia Passes Stricter Voter ID Law Than Voter ID Law They Passed Last Year

by Brentin Mock on March 26 2013, 2:31PM

The law will have to be approved by the Department of Justice or U.S. District Court.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Will the Keystone XL Pipeline Produce Good Jobs? [Infographic] Infographic

Will the Keystone XL Pipeline Produce Good Jobs? [Infographic]

by Brentin Mock, Erin Zipper on March 21 2013, 8:45AM

Support for the Keystone XL oil pipeline is growing among Congressional Republicans, Democrats and organized labor. But what will the controversial project actually do for the areas that it would cross?

Topics: Environment

Arizona Wants Birth Certificate to Vote, But Not For Weapons Permit

Arizona Wants Birth Certificate to Vote, But Not For Weapons Permit

by Brentin Mock on March 19 2013, 10:11AM

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia believes Arizona is entitled to make voting more hectic for certain races.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Justice Department Will Investigate Cleveland Police

by Brentin Mock on March 14 2013, 1:54PM

The investigation will focus on allegations that CPD officers use excessive force.

Topics: /NOW

Will EPA's 'Environmental Justice' Outlast Lisa Jackson?

Will EPA’s ‘Environmental Justice’ Outlast Lisa Jackson?

by Brentin Mock on March 14 2013, 10:21AM

As head of the Environmental Protection Agency, Lisa Jackson was explicit about protecting people of color and low income communities from excess pollution and waste. This made her unpopular in some corners. Will her EJ legacy survive her exit?

Topics: Environment

North Carolina's Voter ID Bill Has Finally Arrived

North Carolina’s Voter ID Bill Has Finally Arrived

by Brentin Mock on March 12 2013, 3:03PM

Let’s get ready to rumble. Again.

Topics: /NOW

Obama's Labor Department Nod is Very, Very Good News

Obama’s Labor Department Nod is Very, Very Good News

by Brentin Mock on March 12 2013, 12:29PM

For progressives, that is.

Topics: /NOW

At 'Shelby v. Holder' Hearing, Debate Over Southern Racism and Congressional Power

At ‘Shelby v. Holder’ Hearing, Debate Over Southern Racism and Congressional Power

by Brentin Mock on February 28 2013, 11:30AM

Yesterday’s Supreme Court hearing about Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act revealed a lot about how some of us deal with race in America. Here, five major takeaways straight from the courthouse.

Topics: Voting Rights, Politics, Voting Rights Act

North Carolina: A Case for the Voting Rights Act's Modern Relevance

North Carolina: A Case for the Voting Rights Act’s Modern Relevance

by Brentin Mock on February 27 2013, 8:59AM

As the Supreme Court weighs whether the feds should maintain oversight in Southern election law, North Carolina proves why the answer is obviously yes.

Topics: Voting Rights, Politics, Voting Rights Act

What Is Alabama's Problem With the Voting Rights Act?

What Is Alabama’s Problem With the Voting Rights Act?

by Brentin Mock on February 26 2013, 8:46AM

The Supreme Court will hear arguments this week in a case that could deeply gut the historic law. To understand where this is going, it’s crucial to know how we got here.

Topics: Voting Rights, History, Politics, Voting Rights Act

Virginia Legislators Approve Voter ID Law, May Kill Chances for Federal Bailout

by Brentin Mock on February 22 2013, 1:42PM

Will Virginia be the latest case for proving why the Voting Rights Act is still needed?

Topics: Voting Rights, /NOW