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D. Alexander Bullock and Change Agent Consortium Encourage Supreme Court to Uphold Voting Rights Act

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President Lyndon B. Johnson Martin Luther King and Clarence Mitchell during signing ceremony of the voting rights act (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Supreme Court is set to hear Shelby County v. Holder on Feb. 27th to determine the future status of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

 Shelby County leaders argue that the state and local governments covered by this law have made enough progress and this law does not apply to them. Section 5 prohibits states that are under the mandate from changing voting laws if the government finds them to be discriminatory.
“We encourage the Supreme Court of the United States to uphold legislation that allows for everyone to have fair access to the voting franchise. The federal government is the only check against state power to determine citizen access to the right to vote. We must support legal measures that protect voting rights. 
There is a history of voter suppression in Alabama. There has been a recent revival of the voter suppression trend across the nation since 2012. We call on the highest court in the land to remember our shared history during these arguments and protect our priceless democratic future,” said D. Alexander Bullock.
States that are currently bound by Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 include Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas, parts of California, Florida, New York, North Carolina, South Dakota, Virginia, Michigan and New Hampshire. Shelby County v. Holder focuses on provisions specific to the county, but the case has the potential to change the impact of this legislation in the 16 states already covered. Those in favor of the county think that the federal requirements are too costly on local government.
 
The Change Agent Consortium is a national coalition of faith, labor, civil rights organizations and active citizens. The organization's purpose is to combine the best of the protest tradition (direct action) with economic empowerment, community development and community organizing to effect real change and real solutions. We

Additionally, Consortium believes that authentic social change must combine the power of grassroots protest (direct action), public policy and local projects that help communities discover themselves, determine themselves and develop themselves. For more information contact www.actioncac.org.


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