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Pennsylvania’s current congressional map was found unconstitutional by its state supreme court on January 22, and the Republican-led legislature’s subsequent failures to secure a stay from the U.S. Supreme Court or settle on a new map with Gov. Tom Wolf could strike a decisive blow

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In Florida, the end of your incarceration can be the beginning of a life-long sentence. That’s because Florida is one of four states that does not automatically restore civil rights (most prominently, voting rights) to people who were convicted of felonies but have fulfilled every

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Redistricting – the redrawing of state voting district boundaries every ten years – is intended to ensure that state legislatures fairly represent their voters.  Instead, in a practice called gerrymandering, state lawmakers often architect voting districts that will favor the election of incumbents and their

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Fidel Castro Passes Away Fidel Castro, who ruled Cuba for half a century, passed away last Friday at the age of 90. After toppling the authoritarian government of President Fulgencio Batista in 1959, Castro turned his Revolution into a one-party Communist government that continues to govern Cuba

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Newton’s Third Law states “for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.” Perhaps this principle applies equally to social progress and the enlargement of freedom, inclusion, and equality in the United States of America. Our history is littered with instances of intense and

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Last night, Donald Trump won the presidential election. Hillary Clinton is likely to win the popular vote, bringing back painful memories of the 2000 election. While this offers a small degree of comfort, it doesn’t change the facts: she lost the Electoral College. Republicans swept

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Earlier this year the Criminal Justice Policy Coalition (CJPC) launched Disillusioned for Disenfranchised, an initiative that paired incarcerated Massachusetts residents with volunteers from their home county to vote jointly in this year’s general election. The details were open-ended, but CJPC recommended partners start with a

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