Filling a federal courtroom and adjacent overflow room, some 300 Cleveland area residents heard two hours of testimony on Ohio's new voter suppression law.
In addition to shining a light on current day attacks on voting rights, immigrant rights and workers rights. marchers yesterday added the fight for universal public education to their agenda.
A national day of action has been set for December 10, International Human Rights Day. The nationwide protests have been called by a new coalition, the Stand for Freedom campaign.
Ranking House Democrats John Conyers, D-Mich., and Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., are demanding congressional hearings on voter suppression laws that are being instituted in states across the country.
A few hundred union members and community residents gathered at Youngstown State University in a kickoff rally to gather support for the statewide campaign to defeat Issue Number 2 on the Ohio ballot.
The labor-backed group, Fair Elections Ohio, has submitted almost 320,000 signatures to place the reversal of the state's new voter suppression law on the ballot. This puts the law's provisions on hold for the 2011 and 2012 election cycles.
Poorer people and students scored a voting rights victory in New Hampshire as a veto by Democratic Gov. John Lynch of a controversial voter ID law was upheld.
Boosting the fight against Republican attacks on union and voting rights, tens of thousands rallied at Labor Day picnics, festivals and marches in cities throughout Ohio.
Thousands rallied in Columbus and hundreds in Cleveland Saturday to support efforts to repeal laws suppressing trade union and voting rights enacted by the extremist Republican administration of Gov. John Kasich.
Vote suppression and denying ex-felons the right to vote are the new Jim Crow laws of the 21st century, says NAACP leader.