‘Toughest-in-the-Nation’ Voter ID Law Halted By WI Judge

Wisconsin’s controversial voter ID law, hailed as the ‘toughest in the nation,’ has been halted by Judge David Flanagan, pending an upcoming trial to determine if it will be done away with altogether.

The law is the product of Gov. Scott Walker’s infamous administration. Brought by the NAACP and immigrant rights group Voces de la Frontera, this latest legal challenge to Walker’s photo ID requirement moved Judge Flanagan to issue a temporary injunction, which essentially freezes the law until trial on April 16th.

The NAACP must prove that a large number of people will be “irreparably harmed” by the new law. But as Colorlines notes, that shouldn’t be too hard since they’ve “got back up from Wisconsin poli sci professor Kenneth Mayer whose research found that over 220,000 people in the state lacked the kind of ID needed to vote under the new law.”

Obama Announces ‘African Americans for Obama,’ Will Specifically Target Black Voters

Yesterday, the Obama Reelection Campaign launched African Americans for Obama, the arm of their Operation Vote campaign that will specifically appeal to the Black community.

Other voting blocs to be targeted by Operation Vote are Jewish, Latino, LGBT, youth and older voters.

Specific strategies for  wooing and mobilizing the Black community will include engaging Black business leaders, students at HBCUs, and even barbershop and beauty salon owners!

Black History Spotlight: Malcolm X’s ‘The Ballot or the Bullet’

The Black Youth Project is of the opinion that every day is Black History Day, and every month should be Black History Month.

But since February is our country’s designated Black History Month, we figured we’d participate in our own special way. Every day of this month, we will highlight a standout person, moment, song, speech, event, or work of art in the history of Black America.

Today, we bring to you Malcolm X’s famous speech, “The Ballot or the Bullet.” Considered one of the greatest speeches in American history, “The Ballot or the Bullet” marked a pivotal moment in X’s career, in which his divergence from the Nation of Islam was now on full display.

#BARACKTALK; State of the Union Watch Party + Panel TONIGHT!

Don’t miss #BARACKTALK 2012, an online State of the Union watch party and panel discussion, set to go down TONIGHT during President Obama’s State of the Union address.

The event, co-sponsored by The League of Young Voters, AllHipHop, Rock The Vote, the Sierra Student Coalition, and The Black Youth Project, will be livestreamed from Busboys and Poets in Washington D.C., and feature an all-star line-up of panelists, including our very own Jasiri X, Rhymefest, Shaheem Reid, Dee-1, Goldie Taylor and more!

REPORT: Young People Are More Politically Engaged Than You Think!

A new study by CIRCLE (The Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning and Engagement) dispels misconceptions about young voters.

This is crucial data as we prepare to dive headfirst into the sure-to-be treacherous 2012 election season.

The study found that roughly 75% of young people are civically engaged in some capacity, and that youth engagement is diverse, falling into 6 distinct patterns.

From The Root:

The Campaign to Suppress Black Voters Continues….

We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again:

The powers that be do NOT want you to vote!

A recent Slate article brings to light the continued campaign to suppress minority votes in the coming elections. The variety of new requirements for voting – which range from requring birth certificates and government-issued I.D to cutting early voting windows – disproportionately impact Black voters.

For example, while 12% of Americans do not have a government-issued I.D., that number soars to a whopping 25% amongst Black people.