Over 6 million American citizens are unable to vote for one reason: they have been convicted of a felony. Regardless of time served or the nature of the crime, they are disenfranchised. A disproportionate number of them are people of color. Due to historical and ongoing inequities of justice, felony disenfranchisement hits communities of color (especially black communities) the hardest. How can we regain voting access for millions of Americans?
We’re back to talk more about fascism. Last edition, we grounded ourselves in history and reminded ourselves that this is a violent, genocidal ideology that’s plunged the world into chaos more than once and cannot be allowed to again. How do we stand up against this creeping contagion? Let’s get started.
We discussed the European far-right in a previous edition. Since then we’ve seen deadly, Nazi-inspired torchlight marches, disturbingly fluffy profiles on neo-fascists in the New York Times, and our own president amplifying dubious, violent content from a British hate group. For our 101st edition of My Civic Workout, we’re going to do some Nazism 101. This is the first edition in a two-part series on learning more about and standing up against organized hatred.