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FILE - In this Nov. 21, 2018 file photo, United States Border Patrol agents stand by a vehicle near one of the border walls separating Tijuana, Mexico and San Diego, in San Diego. As of this week, the ACLU has filed nearly 400 lawsuits and other legal actions against the Trump administration, some meeting with setbacks but many resulting in important victories. Of the lawsuits, 174 have dealt with immigrant rights, targeting the family separation policy, detention and deportation practices, and the administration’s repeated attempts to make it harder to seek asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border.  (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)

'See you in court': ACLU files nearly 400 cases versus Trump

Aug. 6, 2020 4:13 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The day after Donald Trump’s election in November 2016, the American Civil Liberties Union posted a message to him on its website: “See you in court.” As president, Trump hasn’t personally squared off against the ACLU from the witness stand, but the broader...

FILE - In this Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018, file photo, Seattle Seahawks linebacker Shaquem Griffin (49) and cornerback Shaquill Griffin (26) shake hands with fans after an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions in Detroit. The NFL is partnering with three non-profit, non-partisan organizations to get out the vote as the league leverages its “Inspire Change” initiative. The program will support and encourage voting and civic engagement efforts of current and former NFL players, club and league personnel and fans beginning Friday, Aug. 7, 2020, until Election Day in November. The Griffins are at the forefront of the movement among players. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

NFL partners with three organizations to get out the vote

Aug. 6, 2020 9:02 AM EDT

The NFL is partnering with three non-profit, non-partisan organizations to get out the vote as the league leverages its “Inspire Change” initiative. The program will support and encourage voting and civic engagement efforts of current and former NFL players, club and league personnel and fans...

Justices overturn Tennessee mail vote expansion for November

Aug. 5, 2020 9:34 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Supreme Court on Wednesday overturned the option for all eligible voters to vote by mail in November due to COVID-19. The ruling nixes a June expansion order by a lower court that state election officials opposed. The decision came the day voters could start requesting...

Betty Andrews, president of the Iowa-Nebraska NAACP, left, and State Rep. Ako Abdul-Samad, D-Des Moines, right, listen to Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds speak after she signed an executive order granting convicted felons the right to vote during a signing ceremony, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, at the Statehouse in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Iowa governor signs order restoring felon voting rights

Aug. 5, 2020 2:16 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds signed an executive order Wednesday granting convicted felons the right to vote after they complete their sentences, ending Iowa’s place as the only remaining state to broadly deny voting rights to felons. Reynolds, a Republican, fulfilled a promise...

FILE - In this September 1916 file photo, demonstrators hold a rally for women's suffrage in New York. The Seneca Falls convention in 1848 is widely viewed as the launch of the women's suffrage movement, yet women didn't gain the right to vote until ratification of the 19th Amendment in 1920. (AP Photo)

Protests in the long term: How is a lasting legacy cemented?

Aug. 2, 2020 11:31 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — What sort of staying power does it take for a protest movement to be judged a success? This year, without a centralized team of senior leaders, perhaps the largest protest movement in U.S. history has been unfolding nationwide since the May 25 death of George Floyd at the hands of...

FILE - In this September 1916 file photo, demonstrators hold a rally for women's suffrage in New York. The Seneca Falls convention in 1848 is widely viewed as the launch of the women's suffrage movement, yet women didn't gain the right to vote until ratification of the 19th Amendment in 1920. (AP Photo)

Protests in the long term: How is a lasting legacy cemented?

Aug. 2, 2020 11:30 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — What sort of staying power does it take for a protest movement to be judged a success? This year, without a centralized team of senior leaders, perhaps the largest protest movement in U.S. history has been unfolding nationwide since the May 25 death of George Floyd at the hands of...

Judge denies allowing some felons to vote in primary

Jul. 31, 2020 4:27 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — An attempt to get some people with out-of-state felony convictions permission to participate in Tennessee's upcoming Aug. 6 primary election came to a halt Friday. Davidson County Chancellor Ellen Hobbs Lyle denied a temporary injunction request that would have allowed out-of-state...

Former President Barack Obama acknowledges the crowd after addressing services for the late Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Thursday, July 30, 2020.  (Alyssa Pointer/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP, Pool)

At Lewis funeral, Obama calls for renewing Voting Rights Act

Jul. 30, 2020 10:25 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Former President Barack Obama used Rep. John Lewis’ funeral on Thursday to issue a stark warning that the voting rights and equal opportunity the late civil rights icon championed are threatened heading into the 2020 election. Speaking from the pulpit of the church that Martin Luther...

Family members place flowers on the casket of Rep. John Lewis during the burial service at South-View Cemetery in Atlanta Thursday, July 30, 2020. (Alyssa Pointer/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP, Pool)

John Lewis mourned as 'founding father' of better America

Jul. 30, 2020 6:54 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Hailed as a “founding father” of a fairer, better United States, John Lewis was eulogized Thursday by three former presidents and others who urged Americans to continue the work of the civil rights icon in fighting injustice during a moment of racial reckoning. The longtime...

Judge: Decision on voting rights suit may come after primary

Jul. 30, 2020 6:03 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee judge on Thursday cast doubt on an attempt to allow people to participate in the state's upcoming primary election if they’ve had their voting rights restored after being convicted of a felony out of state. The Campaign Legal Center had filed the lawsuit earlier...