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December 7th, 2011
03:42 PM ET

NAACP: Restrictive laws 'assault' Americans' voting rights

Editor's Note: In America is producing a documentary, airing in July, which looks at whether a flurry of new state laws are designed to suppress votes, or protect against voting fraud.

By Stephanie Siek, CNN

(CNN) – The voting rights of minorities, students, the poor, the elderly and the disabled are threatened by a concerted campaign to restrict access to the polls,  according to a report released by the NAACP and NAACP Legal Defense Fund.

“Defending Democracy: Confronting Modern Barriers to Voting Rights in America” states that Americans “are experiencing an assault on voting rights that is historic, both in terms of its scope and intensity.”

In 2011, 14 states passed laws that restrict the voting or voter registration process in ways that disproportionately impact minorities, according to the report released Monday. The states are Florida, Texas, Maine, Ohio, Wisconsin, Alabama, Kansas, Tennessee, Iowa, Georgia, West Virginia, Mississippi, Rhode Island and South Carolina. "Dozens” of other laws have been proposed around the country. FULL POST

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Love and racism in 2011: 'He's black. I'm white. I'm hurting'
December 7th, 2011
11:07 AM ET

Love and racism in 2011: 'He's black. I'm white. I'm hurting'

Janna Lynn Imel is in a wonderful relationship, she says, but some of her family members won't speak to her anymore.

"Why?" she wrote in a CNN iReport video. "He's black. I'm white."

"'I made this video in hopes of showing people that their attitudes toward my boyfriend and I are not right," she said. "Racism is not dead, as many people believe. It still exists in our lives everyday and it's time that more people take a stand."

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Engage: 70 years later, Pearl Harbor survivors are vanishing
Pearl Harbor was attacked 70 years ago today, December 7, 1941.
December 7th, 2011
10:01 AM ET

Engage: 70 years later, Pearl Harbor survivors are vanishing

Engage with news and opinions from around the web about under-reported stories from undercovered communities.

Few survivors left to recall Pearl Harbor attack - Chicago Tribune

Alabama immigration law leaves agricultural industry reeling –  Reuters

Study finds teen sexting rates low –  The Huffington Post

Japanese American Citizens League director:  'Indefinite detention' in Senate bill reminiscent  of Japanese-Americans internment  – Mercury News

Profile: MC Tiger JK is perhaps 'the most popular Korean rapper in America, Asia and the world' - The Los Angeles Times

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