supreme court ruling Voting Rights Act http://apr.org en Shelby County V. Holder: One Year Later http://apr.org/post/shelby-county-v-holder-one-year-later <p>It's been one year since the Supreme Court ruled a key provision in the 1965 Voting Rights Act unconstitutional. In Shelby County, Alabama versus Holder the ruling says states with a history of chronic racial discrimination no longer needed to get Justice Department approval for changes to voting rules. Janai Nelson is the Associate Director-Counsel for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund. Alabama Public Radio’s Ryan Vasquez talked with Nelson about the act, and how violations outlawed by the measure are now re-appearing.</p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 19:50:06 +0000 Ryan Vasquez 54493 at http://apr.org Shelby County V. Holder: One Year Later Civil Rights Leaders Promise to Protest Ruling http://apr.org/post/civil-rights-leaders-promise-protest-ruling <p>Alabama civil rights leaders say they'll be creative as they plan ways to protest the Supreme Court decision to throw out part of the landmark Voting Rights Act.<br><br>&nbsp;&nbsp; Speaking at a news conference on the Capitol steps in Montgomery on Thursday, Democratic state Sen. Hank Sanders of Selma urged Alabama residents to participate in an Aug. 24 recreation of the March on Washington.<br><br>&nbsp;&nbsp; He also encouraged local protests of the ruling, which black leaders say pushes back gains made since the 1960s.<br> Fri, 28 Jun 2013 11:42:05 +0000 The Associated Press 33165 at http://apr.org Civil Rights Leaders Promise to Protest Ruling Ala Democratic Leaders Bash Supreme Court Ruling http://apr.org/post/ala-democratic-leaders-bash-supreme-court-ruling <p>Two estranged leaders of Alabama's Democratic Party are united in their criticism of a Supreme Court decision on voting rights.<br><br>&nbsp;&nbsp; Both Alabama Democratic Conference leader Joe Reed and former party chairman Mark Kennedy say they'll do what they can to fight the decision released Tuesday.<br><br>&nbsp;&nbsp; A majority of the justices sided with Republican-controlled Shelby County in ruling that a key part of the 1965 law can't be enforced without new congressional action.<br> Wed, 26 Jun 2013 13:21:42 +0000 The Associated Press 33042 at http://apr.org Ala Democratic Leaders Bash Supreme Court Ruling