As people may have heard when waking up on this abysmally sad morning (I cannot help but feel like the same morning I felt on 9/11 when the towers came down and the devastation and surrealism of it all dawned on me all throughout the coming day and weeks), the Supreme Court overturned Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act, a key provision of this landmark civil rights law that has protected voters – and really, our democracy – since 1965, and as recently as the 2012 election.
This is a huge disappointment and undermines the very injustices that too many eligible voters still battle. Sure we’ve come a long way since the days of Jim Crow and literacy tests, but racial discrimination in our voting process is still alive and well.
Ie. November 2012 – when voter ID laws, shortened early voting hours, restrictions on community-based registration drives, residency requirements, and long lines at the polls kept millions of minority, low-income, and student voters from casting a ballot.
The Court is now sending the Voting Rights Act back to Congress…
It’s on Congress to restore the protections that today’s voters need. But it’s on us to make sure they act, and act quickly, to restore the protections of the Voting Rights Act.
With this ruling on the Voting Rights Act (what the Justice Department has coined “the most effective civil rights statute enacted by Congress”), and discriminatory election practices being advanced in state legislatures across the country, the fight for voting rights and voting equality could not be more important. And we need your support!
The right to vote is too important – it’s the pillar of our democracy – and if we are no longer a democratic country, then we no longer are. Then we will just degenerate into just another one of those fascist countires because, make no mistake, without equality before the law, there is no democracy and without democracy there is no freedom. Democracy is our lifeline.
So please click on the link above and sign the petition by Rock the Vote, write to your Congressmen, assemble on the streets, write to the President – do whatever you can and need to do in order to change this shameful and truly frightening legislation.