CREDO helps you tell your Congressfolk to pass H.R. 2978/S. 1419, the Voting Rights Advancement Act, which would essentially restore the Voting Rights Act to full power. You recall that the Court struck down parts of the Voting Rights Act partly because they now constituted discrimination against the South. But the Court all but invited Congress to pass legislation that would both achieve the ends of the Voting Rights Act and answer the Court's objections, and the Voting Rights Advancement Act does that: it wouldn't subject certain areas of the South to DOJ preclearance whenever they want to change their voting laws, but would rather subject any area of the country with a history of voting rights violation to that preclearance. Really, that should satisfy anyone wringing their hands over "what's been done to the South in the name of racial justice." Unless, of course, rage is the only thing that satisfies them. We can't do anything for people like that, except outvote them.
Meanwhile, speaking of Southern vote suppression, President Trump has renominated one Thomas Farr to the federal judiciary, though he couldn't clear the Senate last year (Democrats showed some spine, for once, and revoked unanimous consent after Mr. Farr's nomination cleared Judiciary). Mr. Farr has a long and troubling history, not just in working for the infamous Sen. Jesse Helms, not just in helping Mr. Helms suppress the black vote in North Carolina during the 1980s, but in lying about it to the Senate last year. And Mr. Trump has some chutzpah claiming that "judicial emergencies" have forced him to renominate Mr. Farr. This U.S. District Court seat has been empty for 11 years, but that doesn't mean you put just anybody in it -- and Mr. Trump's justification for doing so sure seems like rhetorical hostage-taking to me. Color of Change helps you tell your Senators to oppose the renomination of Mr. Farr to our federal judiciary.
Finally, as you know, our government shut down late last week, and though Mr. Trump famously said years ago that we should consider a government shutdown the President's fault because of, you know, leadership, of course this week he's saying it's the Democrats' fault, though Republicans hold a majority in both houses of Congress, and though the final Senate vote (50 nay, 49 yea, with Sen. McCain again not voting due to health issues) included five Republican nay votes. Now I wouldn't have insisted, as Democrats did, on putting the DREAM Act in a budget bill, but they might have been politically adept, for once, in doing so -- I can imagine a lot of center-right Hispanic-Americans throwing up their hands for the last time. Regardless, we don't play 13-dimensional chess; we only want our government to pass good legislation, hence Moms Rising helps you tell your Congressfolk to pass both the DREAM Act and CHIP reauthorization, which seemed to be sticking points in the budgeting negotiations.