By Jueseppi B.
Voting rights. I was under the impression we fought this fight 47 years ago. And won. I was wrong.
On “Bloody Sunday,” March 7, 1965, some 600 civil rights marchers headed east out of Selma on U.S. Route 80. They got only as far as the Edmund Pettus Bridge six blocks away, where state and local lawmen attacked them with billy clubs and tear gas and drove them back into Selma. Two days later on March 9, Martin Luther King, Jr., led a “symbolic” march to the bridge. Then civil rights leaders sought court protection for a third, full-scale march from Selma to the state capitol in Montgomery.
Federal District Court Judge Frank M. Johnson, Jr., weighed the right of mobility against the right to march and ruled in favor of the demonstrators. “The law is clear that the right to petition one’s government for the redress of grievances may be exercised in large groups…,” said Judge Johnson, “and these rights may be exercised by marching, even along public highways.”
On Sunday, March 21, about 3,200 marchers set out for Montgomery, walking 12 miles a day and sleeping in fields. By the time they reached the capitol on Thursday, March 25, they were 25,000-strong. Less than five months after the last of the three marches, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act of 1965–the best possible redress of grievances.
Now comes the issue of voter suppression laws passed by 31 states to prohibit certain groups of American voters from having access to the voting booth. Those certain groups being the elderly, minorities, college attending young people, the disabled, the LGBT community…a great number of whom vote Democratic.
Rev. Al Sharpton, President of National Action Network (NAN), has announced that from March 4-9, NAN and partnering national organizations, congressional leaders, and activists will lead a march from Selma to Montgomery to lead the fight to protect civil and voter rights.
The 5-day march will commemorate the historic 1965 Selma to Montgomery voting rights march and will begin at the Edmund Pettus Bridge on Sunday, March 4th ending with a rally at the Alabama State Capitol on Friday, March 9. The march is in support of voting rights and to highlight the continuing efforts against voter suppression. This includes the efforts to defeat voter identification laws and reverse anti-immigration laws in the state of Alabama. Congressman John Lewis, who helped lead the march in 1965 with Martin Luther King, will help NAN lead the march in 2012, and over a dozen Black and Hispanic members of Congress have announced their support of the march.
“The truth is, it really doesn’t matter who becomes the eventual GOP nominee because all of the contenders and the Republican Party as a whole have proved that they would indeed like to take the country back – back to a time when systematic maneuvers suppressed the votes of people of color and the marginalized. While they try to regress us back, we must do something today for the sake of our collective future,” said Sharpton.
You don’t have to be a fan of Rev. Al Sharpton, you don’t have to be a fan of marching or protest. If you are an American who does believe in your American right to vote, without racist suppression of that right, then join in this march against voter suppression.
Do you want to go back to this……..
“America is back. Anyone who tells you otherwise, anyone who tells you America is in decline or that our influence has wained, doesn’t know what they’re talking about.
This nation is great because we built it together. This nation is great because we world as a team. This nation is great because we get each other’s back.
We need to end the notion that the two parties must be locked in a perpetual campaign of mutual destruction.”
Vote For Barack Hussein Obama.
Four More For Forty Four.
“BARACK” The Vote.
“Disagree Intelligently, Use Facts, Truth & Common Sense.”
- New state voting laws focus of Selma, Ala. march (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- In Elizabeth, Al Sharpton urges black voters to stop ‘running scared’ (nj.com)
- Voting is a Right not a Privilege – STOP Voter Suppression (ynative77.wordpress.com)
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