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April 18, 2013

Voting Rights Is Under Attack.

 

Press Release
Voting Rights Is Under Attack.
It is the lifeline for Immigrant Rights, Workers Rights, Women Rights, Environmental
Justice, and Justice for All People.
Contact:
Hank Sanders at 334.242.7860 or 334.526.4531 or 334.782.1651 or
.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Montgomery, AL—Fifteen organizations are co-sponsoring a Freedom Riders for Voting
Rights Never Forget, Never Again Pilgrimage in Mississippi on April 30 and in Alabama on
May 1.
The Pilgrimage is slated to stop at locations in Mississippi and Alabama where civil rights
activists who worked to get the right to vote for African Americans were killed, often by
racists who never paid adequately for their crimes. According to Senator Hank Sanders,
coordinator of National Coalition of Leaders to Save Section Five, “the Pilgrimage is to
recommit to save the Voting Rights Act so that their deaths will not be in vain.”
Just three days after President Barack Obama’s historic re-election, the United States
Supreme Court announced it would hear a constitutional challenge to the core provision
of the Voting Rights Act, Section 5. The case arose in Shelby County, Alabama when an
African American finally won an elected position. The County redrew the district lines to
prevent him from being reelected; culminating in no Black elected officials until the Justice
Department stepped in using Section 5. The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in
the case on February 27 and a decision is expected in May. The Veterans of the Mississippi
Civil Rights Movement, Inc. filed a brief to the Supreme Court in support of the Shelby
County plaintiffs.
Four buses of Freedom Riders joined scores of national organizations and leaders for a
rally on February 27 at the U.S. Supreme Court when the Court heard the Alabama case
challenging Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act. They continue to build momentum to save
Section 5.
According to Hollis Watkins, legendary civil rights activists and Chairman of the Board
for the Veterans of the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement, Inc., “We are joining with the
Mississippi NAACP State Conference and other Mississippi organizations to meet the
Alabama Freedom Riders Bus at the various murder sites of movement martyrs.” The bus
has scheduled stops in Jackson at the Medgar Evers home, in Philadelphia where James
Chaney, Andrew Goodman, Michael Schwerner, Henry Hezekiah Dee, and Charles Eddie
Moore were killed. Some members of the Pilgrimage will travel to Liberty on April 29
where Herbert Lee and Louis Allen were killed.
In Alabama, the Pilgrimage will stop at the site where Jimmie Lee Jackson was killed in
Marian, Alabama, on the evening of April 30. On May 1, they will make stops in Selma
where Rev. James Reeb was killed, in Lowndes County where Jonathan Daniels and Viola
Liuzzo were killed, and in Tuskegee where Sammy Young was killed. The Pilgrimage will
culminate at the Alabama State Capitol where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his “How
Long, Not Long” speech at the end of the Selma to Montgomery march in 1965. The Voting
Rights Act was passed six months after his speech.
The co-sponsoring organizations include:
Alabama New South Coalition
Alabama Democratic Conference
Ancient Africa, Enslavement and Civil War Museum
Bridge Crossing Jubilee, Inc.
Mississippi Workers' Center for Human Rights
National Action Network
National Coalition of Leaders to Save Section Five (NCLSS)
National Coalition on Black Civic Participation
National Policy Alliance
National Voting Rights Museum and Institute
Save Ourselves Summit
Southern Christian Leadership Conference
Veterans of the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement, Inc.
World Conference of Mayors
Women of Will

Press Release

Voting Rights Is Under Attack.

It is the lifeline for Immigrant Rights, Workers Rights, Women Rights, Environmental

Justice, and Justice for All People.

 

Contact:

Hank Sanders at 334.242.7860 or 334.526.4531 or 334.782.1651 or

.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

 

Montgomery, AL—Fifteen organizations are co-sponsoring a Freedom Riders for Voting

Rights Never Forget, Never Again Pilgrimage in Mississippi on April 30 and in Alabama on

May 1.

 

The Pilgrimage is slated to stop at locations in Mississippi and Alabama where civil rights

activists who worked to get the right to vote for African Americans were killed, often by

racists who never paid adequately for their crimes. According to Senator Hank Sanders,

coordinator of National Coalition of Leaders to Save Section Five, “the Pilgrimage is to

recommit to save the Voting Rights Act so that their deaths will not be in vain.”

 

Just three days after President Barack Obama’s historic re-election, the United States

Supreme Court announced it would hear a constitutional challenge to the core provision

of the Voting Rights Act, Section 5. The case arose in Shelby County, Alabama when an

African American finally won an elected position. The County redrew the district lines to

prevent him from being reelected; culminating in no Black elected officials until the Justice

Department stepped in using Section 5. The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in

the case on February 27 and a decision is expected in May. The Veterans of the Mississippi

Civil Rights Movement, Inc. filed a brief to the Supreme Court in support of the Shelby

County plaintiffs.

 

Four buses of Freedom Riders joined scores of national organizations and leaders for a

rally on February 27 at the U.S. Supreme Court when the Court heard the Alabama case

challenging Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act. They continue to build momentum to save

Section 5.

 

According to Hollis Watkins, legendary civil rights activists and Chairman of the Board

for the Veterans of the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement, Inc., “We are joining with the

Mississippi NAACP State Conference and other Mississippi organizations to meet the

Alabama Freedom Riders Bus at the various murder sites of movement martyrs.” The bus

has scheduled stops in Jackson at the Medgar Evers home, in Philadelphia where James

Chaney, Andrew Goodman, Michael Schwerner, Henry Hezekiah Dee, and Charles Eddie

Moore were killed. Some members of the Pilgrimage will travel to Liberty on April 29

where Herbert Lee and Louis Allen were killed.

 

In Alabama, the Pilgrimage will stop at the site where Jimmie Lee Jackson was killed in

Marian, Alabama, on the evening of April 30. On May 1, they will make stops in Selma

where Rev. James Reeb was killed, in Lowndes County where Jonathan Daniels and Viola

 

Liuzzo were killed, and in Tuskegee where Sammy Young was killed. The Pilgrimage will

culminate at the Alabama State Capitol where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his “How

Long, Not Long” speech at the end of the Selma to Montgomery march in 1965. The Voting

Rights Act was passed six months after his speech.

 

The co-sponsoring organizations include:

 

Alabama New South Coalition

Alabama Democratic Conference

Ancient Africa, Enslavement and Civil War Museum

Bridge Crossing Jubilee, Inc.

Mississippi Workers' Center for Human Rights

National Action Network

National Coalition of Leaders to Save Section Five (NCLSS)

National Coalition on Black Civic Participation

National Policy Alliance

National Voting Rights Museum and Institute

Save Ourselves Summit

Southern Christian Leadership Conference

Veterans of the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement, Inc.

World Conference of Mayors

Women of Will