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From outrage to action on voting rights

June 27, 2013

Please join The Task Force, NAACP, SEIU, Greenpeace, Sierra Club and thousands of activists for a National Tele Town Hall tonight to discuss next steps following the Shelby County Voting Rights Act decision. Tonight at 8pm ET call in to (855) 269-4485 to hear from movement leaders on how we can take action on voting rights.

Speakers include: Rea Carey (The Task Force),  Larry Cohen (CWA),  Benjamin Todd Jealous (NAACP), Phil Radford (Greenpeace), Sherrilyn Iffil (NAACP LDF, INC), Rev. Al Sharpton (NAN), and other prominent civil and human rights leaders.

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  1. Robert J. Hironimus-Wendt, PhD permalink
    June 27, 2013 4:15 pm

    I have read many concerns over the SHELBY COUNTY v. HOLDER ruling that over-turned Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. As a member of the NAACP and more important, a person who grew up during the Civil Rights Era, I agree this is a very sad moment in our Nation’s History. We have watched the Supreme Court undo the very law that made it illegal to prevent ethnic minorities from voting, and the very law that allowed many ethnic minorities to register and to vote. Many have asked what we should do. Ironically, the SHELBY ruling tells us what must be done. Congress must rewrite Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act.

    On one thing we all agree, both republican and democrat. We currently have a do nothing Congress. Both sides of the aisle are responsible when nothing happens. It does not matter who left first, if in the end, no one is seated at the table of brother- and sisterhood.

    I would suggest we as individuals organize at the local level. We need to create local coalitions of both republicans and democrats, as well as allies of other political sentiment. We need to then contact our congressional representatives (and senators), both republican and democrat, and let them each know in no uncertain terms that the 2014 and 2016 and 2018 federal elections are contingent upon re-writing Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. We also need to let our local elected officials that we will hold them to accountable for creating the conditions that empower all in our local communities to vote. Unless they are willing to do so, we need to let them know that we will work tirelessly to replace them in the next three election cycles with candidates who promise to make voting equality their primary purpose.

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