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"I didn’t want to be right, but sadly I am.”-Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in her first interview since 1 the Supreme Court gutted the Voting Right Act. In her dissent, Justice Ginsburg predicted a wave of attacks on our freedom to vote. States have rushed to implement discriminatory voting laws now that the VRA can no longer block them. North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory — who by his own admission has not even read the bill yet — is about to sign the "most sweeping anti-voter law in decades," eliminating same day registration, cutting back on early voting, implementing a strict Voter ID requirement that does not allow student IDs, 2 and even ending a statewide civics class that pre-registered high school students. Fight back against right-wing attacks on our freedom to vote. Support a constitutional amendment at FreeToVote.org Below is the email we sent the day the Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act. As I said on that day, "This is no ordinary campaign, but one that will require years of hard work to win." Please join me and the more than 274,000 others in demanding a constitutional amendment guaranteeing the freedom to vote. Take the first step at FreeToVote.org. Thanks and Peace, --Rashad August 1st, 2013 Help support our work. ColorOfChange.org is powered by YOU—your energy and dollars. We take no money from lobbyists or large corporations that don't share our values, and our tiny staff ensures your contributions go a long way. References 1. "Ginsburg Says Push for Voter ID Laws Predictable," Associated Press, 7-26-13 http://act.colorofchange.org/go/2843?t=5&akid=3034.465230.i5wdq9? 2. "North Carolina Passes the Country's Worst Voter Suppression Law," The Nation, 7-26-13 http://act.colorofchange.org/go/2844?t=7&akid=3034.465230.i5wdq9
Dear Bernardo, Just hours ago, the United States Supreme Court handed down a decision in the case of Shelby County v. Holder that gutted a signature achievement of the Civil Rights Movement, the Voting Rights Act of 1965, placing millions of people of color, women and young people at the mercy of a dysfunctional Congress. While I was hoping that the Supreme Court would do the right thing, after hearing the arguments, it's hard to be shocked at today's result. Justice Scalia even described the reauthorization of the Voting Rights Act as “the perpetuation of a racial entitlement.” Since it was uttered from Scalia’s lips, that phrase — “racial entitlement” — has lingered in my mind for months now. For Black people, voting has never been an entitlement, it is a freedom that has been earned through extraordinary sacrifice. But because the freedom to vote is not explicitly guaranteed in the Constitution, conservative state legislators have been attacking that very freedom in states across the country.
By striking down Section 4, the Supreme Court just gutted the Voting Rights Act.
Join the movement for a constitutional amendment guaranteeing the freedom to vote:
That's why we need a constitutional amendment that guarantees the freedom to vote for everyone, wherever they live. Will you join us on our new website? Without an amendment guaranteeing the freedom to vote, each state sets its own electoral rules, leading to confusing and sometimes contradictory policies with regard to polling hours, registration requirements, voting equipment, ex-felon rights and even ballot design. The result is an electoral system divided — separate and unequal. For decades the Voting Rights Act has protected voters in pockets of the country with a history of racially discriminatory voting practices blocking more than 1,500 voting laws aimed at making it harder for us to vote. Just this past election, it allowed the Justice Department to block attempts by politicians in Texas, South Carolina and Florida to manipulate the voter rolls. Now that the Court has overturned Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act, previously protected states such as these are now in limbo. Will you go to freetovote.org now and join me in the fight for a constitutional amendment for the freedom to vote? Voters need protection regardless of where they live. Current right-wing efforts to make it harder for people to vote are not bound by geography or a history of racial discrimination — they are widespread, targeted and coordinated. And when you really begin to dig into the types of right-wing voter suppression bills that are spreading across the country — discriminatory Voter ID laws, proof of citizenship requirements, laws that prevent groups like the League of Women Voters and Rock the Vote from organizing registration drives, attempts to purge people with ethnic names from the rolls, and limits to weekend voting hours in urban communities — it is clear that far-right politicians are trying to keep the rising American majority of young people, women and people of color away from the polls. Shifting attitudes and demographics demand a new approach to protecting the freedom to vote. We have to stop playing defense and work to enact bold change to expand the freedom to vote.
Please visit freetovote.org now and join me in ensuring all Americans have the freedom to vote. The Voting Rights Act was the result of decades of hard work, advocacy, protests and marches, and courage before fire hoses and police dogs. It was one of the crowning achievements of a generation. The road to a constitutional amendment for the freedom to vote is similarly long and paved with obstacles. This is no ordinary campaign, but one that will require years of hard work to win. Let's keep rising together and ensure every American has the freedom to vote. Thanks and Peace,
Rashad Robinson Executive Director, ColorOfChange.org P.S. Everyone deserves the freedom to vote. Join the movement at freetovote.org.
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