SUPPORT THE VOTING RIGHTS ACT

March 3, 2013 -
Rev Al Sharpton

Rev Al Sharpton, Rev Martin Luther King, III & Joe Madison

As the Supreme Court took up the case  against Voting Rights Act of 1965 we must thank those whom thought it not robbery to fight for our right to vote.

 

Some states protests the Voting Rights Act of the Constitution stating its not needed in this day and time.  Ebenezer was there to witness first hand the struggle as it continues.

 

We celebrate the Life and legacy of luminaries like the Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall.  We continue to embrace the struggle as we move into a new millennium of challenge. We recognize the impact of the civil rights leader in 1965 on the Edmund Pettus Bridge  on Bloody Sunday.

 

As civil rights leaders like the Reverend Al Sharpton, Reverend Jessie Jackson, Reverend Martin Luther King III, and many noteworthy others continue to fight for our right to vote.  We celebrate the opportunity to have our voices heard in this peaceful gathering of a multicultural community.League of Women Voters Civle Rights Advocate at Voter Rights Act Rally

 

White, Hispanic, Asian and African American were represented.  Young and old were present.  The deaf and blind stood to be present as we peacefully stood. We heard directly from the fortunate few ministers civil rights leaders blessed to be in the court room.  We are thankful for the work so far, but we are well aware the struggle continues.  Support is still needed with organization like:

Rainbow Push Coalition

National Action Network

 

We are thankful for their work.  Please click on the links about for more information.

Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall

Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall

On this day the Supreme Court reviewed the Voting Rights Act which was discussed because of the case brought by states whom want more restrictive voting rights.  Many refer to the voting rights act as “Section 5″.  The day of the rally many referred to common anthem “Keep Section 5 Alive”.  Most wondered “What exactly is section 5?”

The Voting Rights Act of 1965 (42 U.S.C. §§ 1973–1973aa-6) is United States legislation outlawing discriminatory voting practices.  These practices commonly referred to as Jim Crow laws had been responsible for the widespread voter intimation and disenfranchisement of African Americans.

Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 requires that the United States Department of Justice, through an administrative procedure, or a three-judge panel of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, through a declaratory judgment action “preclear” any attempt to change “any voting qualification or prerequisite to voting, or standard, practice, or procedure with respect to voting…” in any “covered jurisdiction.” The Supreme Court gave a broad interpretation to the words “any voting qualification or prerequisite to voting” in Allen v. State Board of Election, 393 U.S. 544 (1969)

To get more information on Section 5, visit the Department of Justice or visit the link here.

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