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INSTITUTE INDEX: The racial injustice of the government shutdown

January 16, 2019 - The federal shutdown ordered by President Trump in a bid to get congressional funding for a $5.7 billion wall at the Mexican border is now the longest in U.S. history. With 800,000 workers furloughed or working without pay, and millions of contractors idled, the economic pain is widespread — and disproportionately affects African Americans.

What's next for ex-felon voting rights

January 11, 2019 - In Florida, where a new constitutional amendment has restored voting rights to most ex-felons, organizers are planning a voter registration and engagement campaign to reach those with — and without — criminal convictions. Meanwhile, a lawsuit aims to expand voting rights to people with felony records in Kentucky.

N.C. GOP blamed black group for absentee ballot scheme led by GOP operative

December 21, 2018 - As the election fraud probe in North Carolina's 9th Congressional District grows, Republican leaders claim they sounded the alarm about absentee voting irregularities in 2016. But an internal state report made public this week reveals that two Republicans wrongfully accused an African-American community group of fraud likely committed by a GOP operative at the center of the current investigation.