Monday, February 25, 2013
Dr. Charles Steele – Chairman, of Southern Christian Leadership Conference
Dr. Bernard Lafayette Jr - Freedom Rider, co-founder, Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, Martin Luther King Jr.’s appointee to the Southern Christian Leadership Conference
Mrs. Cathelean C. Steele, First Lady and Director, SCLC Director of Programs (Women's Initiatives)
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Dr. King's Dream Act is under attack. On Wednesday February 27, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear a challenge to the law's requirement that states with a history of Jim Crow voting rules let the Justice Department review new voting procedures. This is the only effective method, today as in 1965, to ensure that every American citizen will not lose their vote because of race or language.
America's heart breaks when we see, a half century after King's Dream speech, African-Americans in Florida standing for six hours to cast their ballot. America's heart breaks when we hear of Latino citizens in Arizona blocked at the polling station door by ID laws and intimidation because of the color of their skin or the language spoken in their homes.
ONE, we respectfully ask the Supreme Court to protect and affirm this "pre-clearance" clause of the Voting Right Act. Without it, the law cannot be enforced.
TWO, we demand that, no matter the Court's decision, Congress extend the "pre-clearance" to every state in America, from Ohio to Wisconsin, to ensure that Dr. King's Dream Act protects every American citizen's right to vote.
Greg Palast, author of Billionaires & Ballots: How to Steal An Election in 9 Easy Steps.
Dr. Charles Steele Jr - CEO of Southern Christian Leadership Conference
Dr. Bernard Lafayette - co-founder Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, freedom rider, Martin Luther King Jr. appointee to the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Alabama Voter Registration Project in 1962
Greg Palast has investigated the suppression of the African-American vote in America for BBC Television, The Nation and, with his co-author, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Rolling Stone. Palast is the author of the New York Times bestseller, with cartoonist Ted Rall, of Billionaires & Ballot Bandits: How to Steal an Election in 9 Easy Steps.
This work is supported by the not-for-profit Palast Investigative Fund. Please support our work in investigation of racial voter suppression with a tax deductible donation to the Fund.
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