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"Democracy cannot succeed unless those who express their choice are prepared to choose wisely. The real safeguard of democracy, therefore, is education."
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

Steve Phillips, civil rights attorney, national political leader and author of 'Brown Is the New White: How the Demographic Revolution Has Created a New American Majority' will be the keynote speaker for our Sixth Annual Law and Democracy Lecture.

A federal appeals court decisively struck down North Carolina’s voter identification law on Friday, saying its provisions deliberately “target African-Americans with almost surgical precision” in an effort to depress black turnout at the polls.

Tens of thousands of people—including President Obama—will travel to Selma this weekend to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of “Bloody Sunday,” the infamous march that led to the...

New CIRCLE Analysis Goes Beyond Usual Headlines to Dig Deeper into 18-29 Year Olds this Election Cycle

The abysmally low turnout in last week’s midterm elections — the lowest in more than seven decades — was bad for Democrats, but it was even worse for democracy. In 43 states, less than half the eligible population bothered to vote, and no state broke 60 percent.

Election Day is an annual reminder on the importance of civic engagement in deciding who leads our government and the policies we implement in our neighborhoods and beyond.

Sen. Rand Paul has introduced a bill that would restore voting rights in federal elections to those convicted of non-violent felonies. Voting rights restoration is the newest addition to a series of criminal justice reforms backed by Paul.

Civil rights groups have spent a decade fighting requirements that voters show photo identification, arguing that this discriminates against African-Americans, Hispanics and the poor. This week in a North Carolina courtroom, another group will make its case that such laws are discriminatory:...

Conventional wisdom holds that young people (18-29 – “millennials”) are losing faith in their institutions, including government and are disengaged from politics.  In a survey by the Harvard Institute of Politics (IOP), only 20% of millennials trusted the federal government to do the right thing...

African-American voters in Mississippi

Civil rights veterans plan to honor the 50th anniversary of Mississippi's Freedom Summer project by taking on an even bigger challenge: Turning the South's red states blue.