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Jul 12 • 6 tweets • 3 min read
Former Twitter employee: “I was concerned the former president, for the first time, was speaking directly to extremist organizations and giving them directives.” #January6thCommitteeHearings
"If President Trump were any other user on Twitter, he would have been permanently suspended a very long time ago." #January6thCommitteeHearings
Jun 16 • 5 tweets • 2 min read
Judge Luttig in closing: "Almost 2 years after that fateful day in January 2021, still Donald Trump and his allies and supporters are a clear and present danger to American democracy... 1/5 #January6thCommiteeHearings
... To this very day, the former president, his allies, and supporters pledge that in the presidential election of 2024, if the former president or his anointed successor as the Republican party presidential candidate were to lose that election, they would attempt... 2/5
Apr 12 • 8 tweets • 3 min read
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The Communications Department has a great opportunity for an Event Manager to assist in production, marketing, organization and logistical arrangements of Brennan Center public events (both in-person and virtual). brennancenter.applytojob.com/apply/6RZQqWLT…
Brennan Center experts documented how the anti-democratic playbook has evolved in the year since. ⬇️
Election officials immediately came under unprecedented attacks. brennancenter.org/our-work/polic…
Dec 28, 2021 • 9 tweets • 2 min read
Today in Texas, the @BrennanCenter filed for a preliminary injunction so that election officials will again be allowed to advise voters to apply for mail ballots. Officials are banned from doing so under the state's restrictive voting law S.B. 1. /1
Voting by mail is perfectly legal in Texas, yet S.B. 1 forbids election officials from encouraging voters to apply for mail ballots. The punishment? Minimum of 6 months in jail and a fine of up to $10,000. /2
Oct 10, 2020 • 8 tweets • 2 min read
A federal judge has upheld the constitutionality of Pennsylvania’s mail ballot drop boxes, county residency restriction for poll watchers, and other voting rules, rejecting claims of “voter fraud” as too “speculative” and supported by “scant” evidence.
The ruling, in Donald J. Trump for President v. Boockvar, will ensure that eligible Pennsylvania voters can vote safely this year.
Oct 5, 2020 • 5 tweets • 3 min read
BREAKING: We’re suing Texas Governor Greg Abbott to block him from limiting absentee ballot drop-off sites to only one per county. His plan will make it unreasonably difficult for Texans to vote by mail, and it goes beyond his legal authority.
The plaintiffs — @ADLAustin, @ADLSouthwest, @ADL Texoma, and @CCauseTexas — argue with only one drop-off location per county, many voters would have to travel far and spend substantial amounts of time to cast their ballots.
Oct 5, 2020 • 8 tweets • 2 min read
Yes there are flaws in our electoral system, @mawaldman and @wendyrweiser write in @politico, but let’s all take a deep breath. There are many reasons why we shouldn’t panic about the November election. politico.com/news/magazine/…
First, the states are in charge of elections, not the president. Most have taken measures to ensure safety against cyberattacks and system failures and both red and blue states have expanded absentee voting.
Sep 25, 2020 • 8 tweets • 4 min read
BREAKING: A U.S. District Court issued an order last night blocking the Trump administration’s attempts to rush the 2020 Census. This is a victory for an accurate census that counts everyone!
Under the Court’s order, the census count will continue through October 31 as the Census Bureau had planned, and its data processing will continue under a timeline that allows for a full, fair, and accurate overall tabulation and reporting of the total population.
Sep 19, 2020 • 9 tweets • 2 min read
We mourn the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a trailblazer, cultural icon, and powerful force for good matched by few in American history. Her life testified to the promise of American democracy and the struggle to make real its most compelling ideals.
She fought not just for herself, but for the generations of women to come.
Sep 11, 2020 • 7 tweets • 3 min read
BREAKING: A federal appeals court today upheld a Florida law that created wealth-based hurdles to voting. The decision denies voting rights to hundreds of thousands of people with past felony convictions. #Amendment4brennancenter.org/our-work/analy…
The case, Jones v DeSantis, concerned Senate Bill 7066, which was signed into law by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis in 2019. This law made voting rights for people with past felony convictions contingent on payment of all legal financial obligations.
Sep 8, 2020 • 10 tweets • 3 min read
@TexasNAACP and @ADLSouthwest filed a petition in intervention in State of Texas v. Chris Hollins, a lawsuit seeking to block the Harris County clerk from sending election materials and resources, including ballot-by-mail applications, to the county’s registered voters.
The Texas Attorney General brought the case on August 31, arguing that the interim county clerk, Chris Hollins, lacks the legal authority to conduct the planned mailing. In fact, the clerk has clear authority to implement his plan.
Sep 6, 2020 • 5 tweets • 1 min read
BREAKING: The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California today ordered the Trump administration to cease shutting down its census operations for at least the next twelve days, until a scheduled Sept. 17 hearing.
The order was issued after a hearing Friday in a lawsuit filed by civil rights groups, civil organizations and local governments last month to block the administration's attempt to rush census operations to a close by September 30.
Aug 28, 2020 • 9 tweets • 2 min read
We don’t know if the Kenosha police department has direct connections to active white supremacist groups. But, writes @RethinkIntel, the FBI has warned for decades that white supremacist and far-right militant groups often have links to law enforcement. theguardian.com/commentisfree/…
White supremacists and far-right militants have committed far more attacks and killed more people in the US over the last 10 years than any foreign terrorist movement. The FBI regards them as the most lethal domestic terror threat.
Aug 18, 2020 • 6 tweets • 2 min read
A federal appeals court hearing in a case that could enable hundreds of thousands of Floridians to register to vote in time for the November election concluded today after two hours of oral argument. brennancenter.org/our-work/analy…
The case concerns SB7066, which was signed into law by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis in 2019. This law made voting rights for hundreds of thousands of people with past felony convictions contingent on payment of all legal financial obligations.
Aug 18, 2020 • 5 tweets • 1 min read
Today is the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which gave some women the right to vote but didn’t address the barriers that existed for others, specifically women of color.
Pictured: Women in Puerto Rico registering to vote. PhotoQuest/Getty
The suffrage movement, which was behind the ratification of the amendment, was built on a foundation of exclusion and racism.
Aug 6, 2020 • 8 tweets • 4 min read
Today is the 55th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act. The late Rep. John Lewis was a key advocate in its passing and strove throughout his career to ensure it afforded every citizen the right to vote. And now, voting rights remain in the balance in a tumultuous election year.
From long lines, to lack of funding for safe polling sites, to obstructions to vote-by-mail – people around the country are seeing their voting rights be challenged. #VRA55brennancenter.org/our-work/analy…
Aug 4, 2020 • 6 tweets • 3 min read
Yesterday, voting rights advocates urged a federal appeals court to uphold a decision that concluded a Florida law that created wealth-based hurdles to voting is unconstitutional. brennancenter.org/our-work/analy…
The Brennan Center, @ACLU, @ACLUFL, and @NAACP_LDF and other groups challenged the law, parts of which were enjoined by a federal district judge, restoring voting rights to hundreds of thousands of Floridians with past felony convictions
Jul 21, 2020 • 6 tweets • 2 min read
Today, President Trump issued a memorandum declaring that it will be the “policy of the United States to exclude from the apportionment base aliens who are not in a lawful immigration status under the Immigration and Nationality Act.” [Thread] brennancenter.org/our-work/resea…
The memorandum instructs the Commerce Secretary to provide the President with data about the size of the population of people who are undocumented, so that President can exclude them from the population totals used to determine how many seats each state will receive in Congress.
Jun 30, 2020 • 4 tweets • 1 min read
BREAKING: Anti-voter group Public Interest Legal Foundation withdrew its lawsuit against the City of Detroit. PILF was pushing for unwarranted voter purges based on questionable and unsubstantiated data.
When @MiVoterPower and the League of Women Voters of Michigan Detroit pressed PILF to produce evidence to support its claims, PILF dropped its lawsuit. This is a win for Michigan voters!
Jun 23, 2020 • 8 tweets • 4 min read
We are watching the panel event with @lbeisen, @PastorIsaac101, @homerventers, and @HeidiWashington about the dire situation of Covid-19 in prisons and jails, at the Innovations Conference.
"Folks are in a place where they can't take the necessary precautions to protect each other...It took a lot of beating on the doors from outside for them to even give folks masks. Folks’ lives aren’t even considered important enough to get the same medical care" - @PastorIsaac101