Voting Rights Act up for renewal

Thanks to Mark Ritchie for this info -- couldn't put it better myself:

Voting Rights Act: The Fight Continues

The Voting Rights Act is hitting the big 4-0 this week. In celebration, a number of organizations are raising awareness of the significance of the act—and its vulnerability if Congress doesn't act soon. Portions of the act are up for renewal in 2007. After the debacle in Ohio and other states during last year's elections—where numerous incidents of discrimination were found—the battle to extend the VRA is especially timely.

Rev. Jesse Jackson explained the urgency behind the push to reauthorize the VRA in a recent article about the upcoming march to commemorate the VRA:

"So there is a need to establish a new record of evidence to document for Congress the continued need for the Voting Rights Act enforcement provisions, and to set forth the history of racial discrimination in voting since the 1982 reauthorization."

Lots of events are planned to rally support for VRA. Marches are taking place down South. But for concerned citizens everywhere, note tomorrow's online discussion and the petition below.

  • Wednesday, August 3, 2005: 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM EST
    Voting Rights Act Online Discussion sponsored by MovingIdeas.org and CivilRights.org

  • Wednesday, August 3, 2005: 11 AM - 12 PM, Montgomery, Alabama
    Town Hall meeting on the Voting Rights Act of 1965

  • Saturday, August 6, 2005: Atlanta, Georgia
    Keep The Vote Alive!, Pro-Democracy March & Rally sponsored by the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition


Or sign the petition to support reauthorization of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

The fight for the Voting Rights Act isn't going away so go support the VRA and help it survive another 40 years.

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