Brentin Mock

Political Correspondent
Washington, D.C.

Brentin Mock covers national politics for Colorlines. He previously served as lead reporter for Voting Rights Watch 2012, covering the challenges presented by new voter ID laws, suppression of voter registration drives, and other attempts to limit electoral power of people of color.

Brentin is also a contributor for Demos’ blog PolicyShop, where he covers voting rights and civil rights; and also a blogger for, where he writes about environmental justice. You can read some of his other work at Next American City, Facing South, The Root, In These Times, American Prospect and The Washington Post.

Follow Brentin on Twitter at @brentinmock.

Eric Holder's Racial Justice Legacy

by Brentin Mock on Sep 29, 2014 7:00AM

Attorney General Eric Holder announced his resignation late last week. Here, a review of his work on voting rights, mass incarceration and police brutality.

Topics: Politics

Why Can't Obama Just Handle It?

by Brentin Mock on May 30, 2014 7:00AM

Deportations. Reparations. Climate change. What exactly can the White House do about these things?

Topics: Politics

Senior Congressman John Conyers' Re-Election in Danger

by Brentin Mock on May 23, 2014 4:05PM

Will John Conyers now needs a massive write-in campaign to continue to rep Detroit.

Topics: Politics, Politics, Voting Rights

Only Property Owners Should Vote Says Fla. Congressman

by Brentin Mock on May 21, 2014 4:30PM

Fla. Rep. Yoho doesn't stop with the nonsense, this time: voting.

Topics: Politics, Politics, Voting Rights

Newark Wins Ras Baraka; Significant Challenges Ahead

by Brentin Mock on May 14, 2014 12:25PM

Ras Baraka win is a referendum on education reform movement.

Topics: Politics, Voting Rights, Politics

Two Republican Leaders Give Up on Voter ID

by Brentin Mock on May 12, 2014 1:45PM

Sen. Rand Paul and Pa. Gov. Tom Corbett throw in the towel on voter ID

Topics: Politics

Racist Wisconsin Voter ID Law Banned For Life (or at Least Until the State Appeals)

by Brentin Mock on Apr 29, 2014 3:30PM

Wisconsin becomes the fifth state where courts struck down voter ID laws.

Topics: Politics, Politics, Voting Rights

Justice Department to Begin Collecting Racial Profiling Data

by Brentin Mock on Apr 28, 2014 1:00PM

The Justice Department will start tabulating stop-and-frisk frequency and racial bias.

Topics: Politics, Politics, Criminal Justice, Voting Rights

Arkansas Becomes Fourth State For Voter ID Court Defeat

by Brentin Mock on Apr 25, 2014 3:00PM

Arkansas joins Pennsylvania, Missouri and Texas in voter ID court defeats.

Topics: Politics

Obama and Holder to Expand Clemency for Unfair Prison Sentences

by Brentin Mock on Apr 21, 2014 1:44PM

The Obama Administration wants to free more people unfairly imprisoned from jail

Topics: Politics, Criminal Justice, Voting Rights