Tuesday, November 17, 2015

GWorks Interviews: Ari Berman




"[Chief Justice Roberts] says, 'History didn’t end in 1965.' But, what he misses is that voter suppression didn’t end in 1965, either—that...this particular part of the Voting Rights Act that he didn’t like, Section 5, it blocked 3000 discriminatory voting changes from 1965 to 2013.”

In this four-part interview, Ari Berman, Senior Contributing Writer at The Nation and author of Give Us The Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America (Farrar, Straus and Giroux (4 August 2015)), discusses his background; covering voting rights; the history of enacting and challenging the Voting Rights Act of 1965 (VRA), culminating in Shelby County v. Holder, the 2013 Supreme Court case striking down VRA’s "coverage formula," the means the law used to identify states subject to voting rights regulation by the federal government; and what voting rights will look like in the 2016 election and beyond.

Viewers may watch the complete interview above, select a particular part from the list in the upper left corner of the video above or scroll to a particular part below.