Back to the Future

Today is March Forth and Do Something Day!

Are we really going back to the future? Today, individual states are passing strict voter ID laws that are undoubtedly designed to disenfranchise the poor, people of color, the elderly and young people. No longer will folks be able to show utility bills and other items as a form of ID for voting. This may discourage some people from participating. Instead of making the process easier, some are working hard to find new ways to suppress the vote right before our very eyes.

On this March 4th, folks are once again marching from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, just as many did in 1965, where blood was shed and some died. They are literally marching forth and doing something today! 

The Reverend Al Sharpton/National Action Network, along with congressional leaders, activists and everyday citizens will start at the Edmund Pettus Bridge on March 4th and will march at least 10 miles per day, stay in tents along Route 80, convene rallies and teach-ins along the way, and finally gather in front of the Alabama State Capitol on Friday, March 9th.

In 1965, African American men in the United States had already possessed a “theoretical” right to vote for almost a hundred years (see 15th Amendment of the US Constitution). But, by the 20th century, new constitutions were adopted disenfranchising African-American voters. Black citizens attempting to exercise their constitutional right to vote encountered many barriers that they often found insurmountable. These included poll taxes, literacy tests, clauses that limited voting to people whose ancestors had voted in the past, and party primary elections that were limited to whites.

Today’s march is to not only commemorate those marches made in 1965, which helped to rush Congress to enact the legislation called The Voting Rights Act; but to also shine a light on what is happening today with voter rights laws. The rules are changing. Some of which include: tougher voter ID requirements, getting the required ID will be harder; making it harder for groups to register others to vote; eliminating same day registration; reducing the number of days for early voting; and more. Further reading can be found at Brennan Center for Justice website “Voting Law Changes in 2012”.  

What can you do?  YOU can March forth and…

  • REGISTER TO VOTE (it’s real easy to do on-line)
  • Check your registration status
  • Find out what the deadlines are to register and to vote
  • Know where you are supposed to vote
  • Find out what ID is needed to vote
  • Make sure that you have the right ID to vote

Folks died for you to have this right… and most importantly, Regardless of your political affiliation, March forth and exercise your right – REGISTER and VOTE!

Always with Love!

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Amendment 15
United States Constitution
Ratified February 3, 1870
The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.

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Source: The Rev. Al Sharpton – National Action Network

Source: Selma to Montgomery – March 1965

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One Response to Back to the Future

  1. Anon says:

    if your utility bill won’t pass for as your Voter ID, then don’t pay the bill. You will most surely be identified with a shut off notice, which is the equivalent of the voter shutout notice that we are currently having to deal with — clearly singled out no less, maybe even taken to jail for non-power company support payments. However, if you utilize your IQ, you will have the proper forms of ID in time to register vote in the 2012 National Presidential Election.

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