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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A liberal nonprofit organization based in Alabama says it will provide more than $10 million in grants over the next two years to increase voter outreach across the Deep South headed into the midterm election. Announced by the Southern Poverty Law Center on Thursday, the Vote Your Voice initiative will be administered through the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta. Grants ranging in amounts from $50,000 to $300,000 will be available to nonpartisan organizations in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana and Mississippi. Money will be available to register and mobilize minority voters and others, including people who have been removed from voting rolls and those who don't vote very often, the law center said. The grants can also fund work to protect voting rights; restore the voting rights of people who were in prison; and engage communities about districting issues. Democrats and progressive groups have accused officials in...
    Alternative rock band Death Cab for Cutie released an EP last week that raised $100,000 for Stacey Abrams’s voter organization Fair Fight as donations continue to pour in ahead of next month’s all-important run-off Senate races in Georgia. The single, named “The Georgia EP,” raised the sic-figure amount after being sold exclusively on Bandcamp. “WOW. Because of your generous donations we raised over $100,000 for @fairfightaction! This exceeded our wildest expectations. From the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU for buying The Georgia E.P. and raising money for voting rights! Georgians, early voting has begun – please vote!” WOW. Because of your generous donations we raised over $100,000 for @fairfightaction! This exceeded our wildest expectations. From the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU for buying The Georgia E.P. and raising money for voting rights! Georgians, early voting has begun – please vote! pic.twitter.com/TUkpIY8jzl — Death Cab for Cutie (@dcfc) December 15,...
    LeBron James said this week that his voting rights organization, More Than A Vote, will get involved with the Georgia Senate runoffs that will take place on January 5. James said his organization, which worked to recruit poll workers and provide early voting sites during the 2020 election, was "never about a one-off" in an interview on the UNINTERRUPTED podcast released Tuesday.   "We're trying to figure out ways, right now, that we can continue to implement change in the communities, not only in my home community of Akron, Ohio, but communities all over America, and hopefully, create change in the world, as well," James said. "So we're looking for opportunities — there's a huge Senate race in that's going on in Georgia coming up in January, so we're tackling that." In one race, GOP Senator Kelly Loeffler is facing off against Democrat Reverend Raphael Warnock; the other pits GOP...
    (CBS DETROIT) – A new legal battle is brewing in the federal courts. The NAACP Legal Defense Fund is filing a lawsuit against President Donald trump on behalf of Black voters in Detroit. The Michigan Welfare Rights Organization and three Detroit residents are accusing the president of attempting to disenfranchise Black voters and repeating false claims of voter fraud in the city. Votes in Wayne county came into question following a split vote by the Wayne county board of canvassers. The body didn’t initially agree to certify the election due to concerns of out-of-balance precincts in Detroit. “And the only reason that the allegations are sort of having any kind of resonance is because they are pressed on this very pernicious and very dangerous stereotype that somehow Black people are not full citizens and that their votes should not be fully counted in the process,” said Samuel Spital, NAACP LDF...
    A voting rights group and others filed a lawsuit against President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden holds massive cash advantage over Trump ahead of Election Day Tax records show Trump maintains a Chinese bank account: NYT Trump plays video of Biden, Harris talking about fracking at Pennsylvania rally MORE and administration officials on Wednesday, alleging their actions have amounted to voter intimidation. The lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia less than two weeks from Election Day names Trump, Attorney General William BarrBill BarrThe Hill's Campaign Report: Two weeks to the election l Biden leads in new polls as debate looms l Trump pressures DOJ on Hunter Biden Trump remarks put pressure on Barr Meadows says Trump did not order declassification of Russia documents MORE and Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad WolfChad WolfBusiness groups, universities file lawsuit over new rules targeting H-1B visas US extends Mexico,...
    About 67,000 Florida felons have regained the right to vote since the passage of a citizen initiative, a voters rights group says, according to Politico. Florida Rights Restoration Coalition thought 1.4 million felons would get back voting rights when Amendment 4 passed in 2018. But the statehouse, led by Republicans, passed a law requiring felons to pay outstanding court debt. Supporters of the initiative compared the Republican law to a "modern-day poll tax" and fought it before ultimately losing on appeal. Still, leaders of the group still considered registering the felons a “historical” “There is no doubt in my mind that there are thousands upon thousands of energized and inspired returning citizens throughout the state that will not be denied, that will be a voice, and will have an impact in determining who wins Florida,” Desmond Meade, the executive director of the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition, told reporters on the first day of...
    Video games are popular among young people, which is why voting rights group More Than A Vote has decided to meet them where they are and create a two-part series about voting inside NBA 2K21 — and it drops today, as first reported by Axios. (I should note here that video games are also popular among people who aren’t young.) The episodes were produced by The SpringHill Company, LeBron James’ production company, and they will play on “2KTV,” the show inside the game. The episodes revolve around basketball (obviously) and include interviews and animation to highlight why it’s important to vote in this particular election. The first episode stars ESPN analyst and More Than A Vote member Maria Taylor, who speaks about her experiences seeing voter suppression in Georgia’s primary elections this June. The second episode, on the other hand, stars Atlanta Hawks player Trae Young, who talks about the...
    (CNN)An estimated 5.1 million people across the US won't be able to vote in the 2020 election due to a felony conviction, a new study from the Sentencing Project found. That's about 1 out of 44 adults who are barred from voting because of a current or previous felony conviction. And that comes even as half of US states have in the past 25 years moved to change their laws and policies to expand voting rights, the project said. "The bedrock of any democracy is the right to vote," the project's executive director, Amy Fettig, said in a statement. "Laws that exclude people from voting have destabilized communities and families in America for decades by denying them a voice in determining their futures." Amy Coney Barrett grilled on voting rights as 2020 election is underwayFelon disenfranchisement varies drastically by state. In Maine, Vermont and the District of Columbia, people with...
    The voting rights organization founded by NBA star LeBron James is contributing $100,000 toward paying fines for convicted felons in Florida so they can vote, Politico reported. James and other athletes and entertainers founded More Than a Vote after the death of George Floyd as a group focused on increasing voter turnout among minority communities. In Florida, convicted felons were granted the right to vote, but they are still prohibited from doing so if they owe court debts."Your right to vote shouldn't depend upon whether or not you can pay to exercise it," Miami Heat forward and More than a Vote member Udonis Haslem said in a written statement.The partnership will help ensure that "formerly incarcerated American citizens — many of them Black and brown — are able to pay their outstanding fines and fees and register to vote in the 2020 election and beyond."The coalition already has raised...
    (CNN)An organization started by NBA superstar LeBron James and other Black athletes and entertainers announced Friday that it will help Floridians with prior felony convictions register to vote in the November election.More Than A Vote said it will donate $100,000 to the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition's fund for Floridians struggling to pay off outstanding fees and fines associated with their felony convictions before they register to vote."This is a fight about their constitutional right to vote being denied," James, the NBA champion and former Cleveland Cavaliers and Miami Heat star who now plays for the Los Angeles Lakers, tweeted Friday."We believe that your right to vote shouldn't depend upon whether or not you can pay to exercise it," Miami Heat forward Udonis Haslem, who is also a member of More Than A Vote, said in a press release Friday. "Which is why More Than A Vote is proud to partner...
    LeBron James and his More Than a Vote campaign are taking action in Florida ahead of the 2020 election. Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports LeBron James' More Than a Vote group is working fast. The group, which was first announced in June, revealed on Friday that it would be donating $100,000 to support restoring the voting rights of ex-felons in Florida. "This is a fight about their constitutional right to vote being denied," James wrote on Twitter. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. LeBron James isn't wasting any time with his More Than a Vote initiative, committing $100,000 to help ensure the voting rights of ex-felons in Florida are restored. The More Than a Vote group was formed by James and several other prominent athletes in June, with James speaking with the New York Times about the goals of the organization. "Yes, we want you to go out...
    LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 03: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers stands on the court in a game against the Philadelphia 76ers during the first half at Staples Center on March 03, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images) LeBron’s organization More Than a Vote plans to pay off the debts and fines of disenfranchised ex-felons. In June, LeBron James founded the voting rights group More Than a Vote with fellow NBA stars including Trae Young, Skylar Diggins-Smith and Jalen Rose, and they recently announced they will be donating $100,000 to help people with felony convictions register to vote. James has been a leading voice for athlete activism amid the racial justice movements that have followed...
    Geoffrey Rush Wins Court Battle in Defamation Case Against Australian Newspaper Asia Pacific stocks set to rise amid coronavirus vaccine hopes; Australia trade data for May expected LeBron James’ voting rights group converting arenas into polling places ATLANTA (AP) — If basketball icon LeBron James gets his way, NBA arenas and other sports venues around the country will be mega polling sites for the November general election. © Chris Elise/NBAE via Getty Images James and his voting rights group, formed this spring with other black athletes and entertainers, are joining with other professional basketball leaders and Michigan’s top elections official to push for mega voting sites to accommodate in-person balloting amid the COVID-19 pandemic. More Than A Vote, the James organization dedicated to maximizing Black turnout in November, shared its plans with The Associated Press on Wednesday after the Detroit Pistons became the second NBA franchise to announce plans...
    The debacle in Georgia on Tuesday was another powerful reminder of just how perilous the November elections may be nationwide as Republicans pull out all the stops to make voting as difficult as possible rather than face the full wrath of Trump-weary voters. For obvious reasons, Black Americans will be especially targeted. As nationwide civil rights protests continue, however, NBA legend LeBron James and other league stars are forming a new group, More Than a Vote, to help protect those voting rights. In an interview with The New York Times, James said one of the group's goals will be encouraging Black Americans to register and vote. Another will be to warn minority groups about new moves to restrict those rights. As James told the Times: “Yes, we want you to go out and vote, but we’re also going to give you the tutorial. We’re going to give you the background of...
    The group, More Than a Vote, will encourage African Americans to register to vote and to vote in the November general election. "We're going to give you the background of how to vote and what they're trying to do, the other side, to stop you from voting," James said. Other stars involved with the group include current and former basketball players Trae Young, Skylar Diggins-Smith, and Jalen Rose; NFL player Alvin Kamara; and comedian Kevin Hart. US Soccer Federation reverses position on kneeling protests U.S. Soccer's official governing body reversed a 2017 policy and will now allow players on its national teams to kneel in protest during the national anthem, CNBC reported on Wednesday. "U.S. Soccer affirms Black Lives Matter," the U.S. Soccer Federation said in a statement. "We apologize to our players - especially our Black players - staff, fans, and all who support eradicating racism," the group said,...
    NBA superstar LeBron James and a number of other hoop stars are launching a new organization to help Black voters protect their rights. James, Atlanta Hawks’ Trae Young, Golden State’s Draymond Green, alongside retired NBA star and commentator, Jalen Rose and WNBA star Skylar Diggins-Smith are the new leadership of “More than a Vote.” READ MORE: Fox host Laura Ingraham called out for different response to Drew Brees than LeBron James The organization will register Black voters for the November election and teach voters how to counter voter suppression tactics. In an interview with The New York Times, James said, “Because of everything that’s going on, people are finally starting to listen to us — we feel like we’re finally getting a foot in the door,” he continued, “How long is up to us.” James stated the organization will be vocal about voter suppression and draw attention to attempts...
    LeBron James announced Wednesday that he and several other professional athletes plan to found a charitable organization to protect black Americans' voting rights, five months ahead of the  presidential election, The New York Times reported. The move comes as mammoth protests have swept the United States and the world calling for an end to hundreds of years of racial discrimination against black people. "We feel like we're getting some ears and some attention, and this is the time for us to finally make a difference," James told the Times. Protests Over Police Violence LeBron James and others starting voting rights group amid George Floyd protests Australian PM wants protesters charged, claims country had no slavery "We've got to be bold": Chicago mayor on reforming the police A&E ceases production of "Live PD" Former coworker on George Floyd and Derek Chauvin More in Protests Over Police Violence ...
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