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Defend Martin Luther King's Dream Act: Protect the Voting Rights Act and Expand It Across America

Sunday, March 03, 2013 By Greg Palast, Care2 | Op-Ed
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(Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/seiu/8513874790/" target="_blank"> SEIU International / flickr</a>) (Photo: SEIU International / flickr) Martin Luther King Jr. dreamed of the Voting Rights Act.

Dr. King's Dream Act is under attack. On Wednesday February 27, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear a challenge to the law's requirement that states with a history of Jim Crow voting rules let the Justice Department review new voting procedures. This is the only effective method, today as in 1965, to ensure that every American citizen will not lose their vote because of race or language.

America's heart breaks when we see, a half century after King's Dream speech, African-Americans in Florida standing for six hours to cast their ballot. America's heart breaks when we hear of Latino citizens in Arizona blocked at the polling station door by ID laws and intimidation because of the color of their skin or the language spoken in their homes.

Therefore,

ONE, we respectfully ask the Supreme Court to protect and affirm this "pre-clearance" clause of the Voting Right Act. Without it, the law cannot be enforced.

TWO, we demand that, no matter the Court's decision, Congress extend the "pre-clearance" to every state in America, from Ohio to Wisconsin, to ensure that Dr. King's Dream Act protects every American citizen's right to vote.

Signed...
- Greg Palast, author, Billionaires & Ballots: How to Steal An Election in 9 Easy Steps.
- Dr. Bernard Lafayette - co-founder SNCC, freedom rider, MLK appointee to SCLC, Alabama Voter Registration Project in 1962.
- Dr. Charles Steele - Chairman of SCLC.

This piece was reprinted by Truthout with permission or license. It may not be reproduced in any form without permission or license from the source.

Greg Palast

Born in Los Angeles in 1952, Greg Palast worked as a government consultant and an investigator for labor unions before turning to journalism full time. A self described "reporting investigator" as opposed to an investigative journalist, he became a writer in order to alert a wider public to abuses he saw committed by governments, corporations, politicians and lobbyists. For years Palast wrote a column for the Guardian called "Inside Corporate America," and his articles have appeared in magazines and journals including The Nation, Harper's and In These Times. Palast's 2002 bestseller The Best Democracy Money Can Buy, which covered in detail the fiasco of President Bush's victory in Florida in 2000, appeared in 2002 and served as the basis for his documentary film Bush Family Fortunes. His latest film, The Best Democracy Money Can Buy: a Tale of Billionaires and Ballot Bandits, based on the his best-selling book about Donald Trump and voter suppression, was released in September.


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Defend Martin Luther King's Dream Act: Protect the Voting Rights Act and Expand It Across America

Sunday, March 03, 2013 By Greg Palast, Care2 | Op-Ed
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(Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/seiu/8513874790/" target="_blank"> SEIU International / flickr</a>) (Photo: SEIU International / flickr) Martin Luther King Jr. dreamed of the Voting Rights Act.

Dr. King's Dream Act is under attack. On Wednesday February 27, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear a challenge to the law's requirement that states with a history of Jim Crow voting rules let the Justice Department review new voting procedures. This is the only effective method, today as in 1965, to ensure that every American citizen will not lose their vote because of race or language.

America's heart breaks when we see, a half century after King's Dream speech, African-Americans in Florida standing for six hours to cast their ballot. America's heart breaks when we hear of Latino citizens in Arizona blocked at the polling station door by ID laws and intimidation because of the color of their skin or the language spoken in their homes.

Therefore,

ONE, we respectfully ask the Supreme Court to protect and affirm this "pre-clearance" clause of the Voting Right Act. Without it, the law cannot be enforced.

TWO, we demand that, no matter the Court's decision, Congress extend the "pre-clearance" to every state in America, from Ohio to Wisconsin, to ensure that Dr. King's Dream Act protects every American citizen's right to vote.

Signed...
- Greg Palast, author, Billionaires & Ballots: How to Steal An Election in 9 Easy Steps.
- Dr. Bernard Lafayette - co-founder SNCC, freedom rider, MLK appointee to SCLC, Alabama Voter Registration Project in 1962.
- Dr. Charles Steele - Chairman of SCLC.

This piece was reprinted by Truthout with permission or license. It may not be reproduced in any form without permission or license from the source.

Greg Palast

Born in Los Angeles in 1952, Greg Palast worked as a government consultant and an investigator for labor unions before turning to journalism full time. A self described "reporting investigator" as opposed to an investigative journalist, he became a writer in order to alert a wider public to abuses he saw committed by governments, corporations, politicians and lobbyists. For years Palast wrote a column for the Guardian called "Inside Corporate America," and his articles have appeared in magazines and journals including The Nation, Harper's and In These Times. Palast's 2002 bestseller The Best Democracy Money Can Buy, which covered in detail the fiasco of President Bush's victory in Florida in 2000, appeared in 2002 and served as the basis for his documentary film Bush Family Fortunes. His latest film, The Best Democracy Money Can Buy: a Tale of Billionaires and Ballot Bandits, based on the his best-selling book about Donald Trump and voter suppression, was released in September.


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