History of 1965 Voting Rights Act
The Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. was instrumental in organizing a mass march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, that created national support for federal voting-rights legislation.
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The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) warns that African-American and Hispanic-Americans could lose their voting rights. The largest civil rights group in the US, the NAACP, has sent a petition to the United Nations (UN) High Commissioner on Human Rights regarding the coordinated efforts by local and state governments to weaken African-American and Latino-American voting rights ahead of the 2012 presidential primary and general elections.
The NAACP calls these voter suppression efforts the “most vicious, coordinated and sinister attack to narrow participation in our democracy since the early 20th century.”
Fourteen states have passed 25 laws unfairly restricting the right to vote, among black and Hispanic voters in particular. These fourteen states are among the fastest growing in the number of blacks (Florida, Georgia, Texas, North Carolina) and the number of Latinos (South Carolina, Alabama, and Tennessee). The NAACP insists that this no coincidence, since these same populations turned out in record numbers to vote in the 2008 presidential election, voting heavily Democratic.
In that year, black and Hispanic voters turned out in record numbers, partly in a wave of enthusiasm for Barack Obama. More than 2 million extra black voters turned out over 2004, an increase of 15%.
Among Latinos, the upturn was even more pronounced. Two million additional voters attended the polls – a rise of 28% on the previous presidential election.
Ethnic minority groups are not the only electorate at risk of losing their voting rights. Other traditionally Democratic voting groups, such as college students, seniors and poorer Americans, are also vulnerable.
In Texas, a law was recently passed that prevents students from voting when using their college ID cards, while allowing anyone to cast their ballot if they present a permit to carry a concealed handgun.
Four states – Florida, Iowa, ...
México City march demands justice for students
“Take this.” Doña María passes the color photo of one her four missing sons to a young woman standing beside her and takes a life-size silhouette of a missing student into her hands. “They are all our sons,” she explains.
As do so many mothers and fathers throughout México, she knows the pain ...
Aspects of climate change are unquestionable
Out of the thousands of signs carried by the 400,000 participants in the People´s Climate March in New York City recently, there were two that really stayed with me. One read: “Mother Earth is not a merchandise,” and the other: “End environmental racism!”
Both define well the Latino community’s ...
Clarifying visions of the American dream
In a recent interview, noted author and essayist Richard Rodríguez shared his views on the American dream with Sandy Close, Executive Director, New America Media. He says we are now living two American Dreams: the one "transformative," gaudy even, the other "diminished" and "less ambitious." ...
Students promote literacy awareness
Denver’s Florence Crittenton Services celebrated International Literacy Day in partnership with Bank of the West, a primary sponsor of the Raising a Reader program. International Literacy Day was celebrated on Sept. 8th to raise awareness and concern for literacy issues in the world.