Malawi: Killing of a girl with albinism shows community urgently needs better protection

The killing of a three-year-old girl shows the urgent need to better protect people with albinism following a series of attacks over recent weeks. Amnesty International calls on the authorities to improve the protection of persons with albinism across the country after the killing of this week of Tadala Chirwa. Before midnight on 30 November, […] The post Malawi: Killing of a girl with albinism shows community urgently needs better protection appeared first on Amnesty International.

Abortion and Investment Helped Democrats Turn the Tide in State Legislatures

Originally published by The 19th. Democrats defied significant headwinds on Tuesday to win races up and down the ballot, campaigning on abortion and reproductive freedom. But their gains were perhaps most significant — and surprising — in the state legislatures where they’ve been on defense for a decade. Democrats are on track to win back dozens of seats nationwide and flip control of up to four legislative chambers in key Midwestern battleground states, results with significant implications for abortion access. “We’re thrilled by these results,” Jessica Post, president of the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee, told The 19th. “We think we’ll…

Ranked-Choice Voting Backed in Midterm May Help “Crash-Proofing Our Democracy”

Voters in Nevada and a handful of cities across the United States appear poised to expand the use of ranked-choice voting in the aftermath of Tuesday’s midterm elections. The election method allows voters to select multiple candidates in descending order of preference. It is used in many other countries, and supporters say it can reduce polarization and give more voice to independent voters. “The forces for ranked-choice voting are people who really care about our democracy,” says George Cheung, director of More Equitable Democracy, who says ranked-choice voting “allows for truer representation of who we are as a community.” TRANSCRIPT…

Egypt: World leaders at COP27 must call for release of Egyptian-British activist at risk of death

Responding to continued fears over the fate of detained Egyptian-British activist Alaa Abdel Fattah, who has been on hunger strike in prison since April and started refusing water on 6 November, Agnès Callamard, Amnesty International’s Secretary General, said: “The Egyptian authorities have cruelly and stubbornly refused to release Alaa or even to share any information on his well-being or exact location with his family, even though his mother has for the past three days waited at the gates of Wadi al-Natrun prison in […] The post Egypt: World leaders at COP27 must call for release of Egyptian-British activist at risk of death appeared first on Amnesty International.

Most Americans Back Reforms to Make Voting Easier, Poll Shows

New polling shows that a majority of Americans support measures to make voting easier. A Gallup poll published on Friday surveyed voters on a number of issues related to voting. By and large, voters said they supported reforms to make the process more accessible — and generally reported opposition to putting more restrictions on the right to vote. “With the midterm elections less than a month away, large majorities of Americans favor three measures meant to make voting easier,” the polling organization wrote on its website. Seventy-eight percent of Americans said that early voting should be allowed, the Gallup poll…

Bolsonaro Pushes Brazenly False Claims of Election Fraud After First Round Loss

Brazil’s presidential election will go to a runoff later this month, as no candidate was able to secure the endorsement of a majority of voters in the first round of voting. Former leftist President Luiz In​​ácio Lula da Silva, commonly referred to as “Lula” by Brazilians, attained around 48.4 percent of the votes on Sunday, according to figures from Reuters. His opponent, far right incumbent President Jair Bolsonaro, obtained 43.3 percent. The second round of the election will take place on October 30. Preelection polling had previously suggested that da Silva was on track to winning the election outright on…

McConnell Gushes Over Sinema’s Push to Hand GOP Even More Filibuster Power

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., heaped praise on Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., Monday after she resisted her party’s calls to reform the filibuster and helped Republicans block much of President Joe Biden’s first-term agenda. The Republican leader appeared alongside Sinema at the McConnell Center at the University of Louisville, touting the Democrat as “extraordinarily effective” and a “genuine moderate.” At one point McConnell lauded her as “the most effective first-term senator I’ve seen in my time in the Senate.” “She is today what we have too few of in the Democratic Party, a genuine, moderate, and a dealmaker,” McConnell…

Election Workers Brace for Violence Around the Midterms

Election officials across the country are concerned with potential violence and other disruptions compromising this November’s midterm elections. Some are even quitting their jobs as Donald Trump’s allies continue to push out false claims about voter fraud in the 2020 election. Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson has made $8 million available for local clerks to bolster election security. More than 1,600 election clerks remain in constant fear for their safety, said Michigan Department of State spokesperson Angela Benander in a statement on Thursday. “I am concerned about people being disruptive,” said Sommer Foster, co-executive director of Michigan Voices. “I’m…

Herschel Walker Complains That Journalists Are Asking What He’ll Do if Elected

Herschel Walker, the Republican nominee for Georgia’s Senate seat, has refused to answer questions about the actions he will take if he wins office. Walker has made his stances on certain topics known, including his belief that abortion should be banned outright with no exceptions whatsoever. But journalists in Georgia have struggled to pinpoint where he stands on a number of issues, noting that the candidate has spoken in “generalities” when it comes to the legislation that he would support if he defeats his Democratic opponent, incumbent Sen. Raphael Warnock, in this year’s midterm race. When asked to delve into…

The Far Right Is Taking Over Florida School Boards, Thanks in Part to Dark Money

Republicans are claiming a massive victory after a number of Florida school board candidates — who enjoyed unprecedented support from right-wing groups and politicians — won their races Tuesday. In total, five school boards in the state flipped to conservative control, including Sarasota County, which will now have a 4-1 conservative majority, and Miami-Dade, which will become the nation’s largest school district to be overseen by elected conservatives. Many of the candidates received endorsements and campaign support from right-wing activist groups like Moms for Liberty and the 1776 Project PAC — founded in 2021 explicitly to support right-wing school board…

On the Trump Front, This Week Has Been a Year. What Will Come of It?

“There are decades where nothing happens, and there are weeks where decades happen,” reads a quotation often attributed to Vladimir Lenin (although he may never have said it). Whoever came up with that sentence, it captures the past week perfectly — from the eruption of new legislation to the FBI visit of a former president’s home. Amid the blizzard of news and stunning revelation, one image will stay with me forever: Donald Trump, at his Bedminster club in New Jersey, watching the surveillance camera feed coming from inside his Florida home as federal agents searched Mar-a-Lago. In the days since…

Michigan Probe Links Trump-Backed Attorney General Candidate to Voting Breach

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel requested a special prosecutor investigate her Republican opponent after a months-long investigation linked him to voting machine breaches in multiple counties. The probe by Nessel and state police into voting machine breaches across the state led investigators to Matthew DePerno, a Kalamazoo lawyer endorsed by former President Donald Trump to be the next state attorney general, according to documents obtained by Politico. DePerno and two others “orchestrated a coordinated plan to gain access to voting tabulators” that were illegally seized from county election clerks, Nessel’s office said in a petition last week seeking a special…

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