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CTU Blasts Mayor Emanuel for Fingerprint Disaster – and Exploiting Student Safety for Political Gain

Posted by Admin On August - 31 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

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Disastrous background check process has banned teachers who taught through the summer – as well as activist teachers arrested for protesting for more school funds

CHICAGO,IL — Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s political grandstanding has done nothing to protect public school students, and instead has locked out committed, caring educators from their classrooms, charges the Chicago Teachers Union. The CTU has received dozens of calls from alarmed veteran educators who have been told they are not ‘cleared’ to return to their classrooms on the first day of school this Tuesday – and it’s feared that as many as several hundred have been impacted by a disastrous CPS roll-out of fingerprinting and background checks for around 6,000 educators.

CPS banned one educator after the vendor botched her fingerprints. Another teacher and CTU delegate with no arrest record was scrambling late Thursday to fight CPS’ notification that she was barred from teaching. And at least three educators who are also CTU delegates were arrested in 2016 for civil disobedience at a protest demanding that Bank of America pay their fair share of taxes to support public schools. Their charges were dropped, but this week CPS notified them that they were not approved to return to the classroom – even though they’d previously been cleared by CPS and returned to their classrooms. CPS emailed one teacher who was re-fingerprinted in June this week, stating that she was not approved to teach – with no further instructions on how she might follow up, provide additional information or challenge the ruling.

“As a father of two boys in CPS schools, I share parents’ outrage and concern, both for the abuse that CPS swept under the rug to protect the mayor, and for Rahm’s crass political exploitation of this crisis,” said CTU Acting President Jesse Sharkey. “This is not a school safety plan – this is political cover for a mayor who’s failed our students. Teachers who taught students this summer are now being told they’re not fit to return to the classroom on Tuesday. Members who were re-fingerprinted in June and July are just now learning they’re being turned out of their classrooms. One educator who was fingerprinted and cleared to work as a new employee last January is now being told she is not approved for the new school year. There’s no evidence that anything that’s been flagged in this train wreck of a background check process presents a threat to students.”

CPS’ process to re-fingerprint and re-run background checks on thousands of educators has been plagued with problems and false starts. Issues range from long lines in sweltering conditions with few workers at fingerprint sites to CPS’ unilateral move to push back the deadline for fingerprinting by roughly a month – at a time when many educators had scheduled vacations with family members. The CTU started receiving alarmed calls and emails from members in the last week, as CPS sent out notices that they were barred from their classrooms. CTU staff have been rushing to get members’ records to CPS and challenge those rulings by the first day of school – a process that CPS should have begun weeks earlier, charge CTU officials.

“It’s outrageous that some of our most caring educators are being targeted for putting their bodies on the line to demand that big banks pay their fair share to public education – and NOT for any actions that could remotely impact the safety of students,” said CTU Political Director Stacy Davis Gates. “We always knew this process would be political and punitive – and that’s exactly what we’re seeing now. We protect students in our classrooms, and now this mayor is turning us away out of political retribution – and the incompetence of Rahm’s hand-picked school bosses.”

Why Aretha Franklin is the Queen of Our Souls

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ARETHA FRANKLIN: QUEEN OF OUR SOULS

By Tolson Banner

Aretha Franklin, Queen of SoulNationwide (BlackNews.com) — In many ways the litany of songs Aretha Franklin (THE QUEEN) bestowed upon us mirrored more than love between a man and a woman, or the lack thereof. I guess it could be said, the Queen of Soul crooned from the bowels of her spirit about the relationship between America and as Curtis Mayfield would say, “The people who are darker than blue.”

The Queen obliterated genres. The Queen gave us deep feeling and meaning to all the harsh conditions we faced in America: a field holla goddess-like cry; dignity in the work songs; sweet joy in the morning spirituals; shouts-from-the-back-of-the-church gospels; deep moaning blues; jazz be-bopping; rhythm and blues doo-wopping. The Queen served up a healing/soulful polyrhythmic mix for our troubled souls.

It is almost like each song the Queen delivered told a story about our journey to a foreign land, the horrors we would endure while at the same time giving us the strength to persevere.

When we crossed the threshold at Goree Island, we had no idea we would be walking into an enslavement terror heretofore unknown to humankind. And once we were forced onto the ship called Jesus there was no mercy shown for the travails that lay ahead. The turbulence of the Atlantic waters tossed us about like rag dolls and we learned how to “ROCK STEADY” for our survival.

We quickly recognized we would need to build a spiritual “BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATERS”. There were those of us who would rather die than be enslaved and threw themselves overboard. Historians have noted the shackled enslaved Africans still on board would murmur, “He gone home.” We could surmise: to find an ANGEL. Upon reaching the shores of Jamestown, VA all we could here from the slave masters’ bellicose commands was “JUMP, JUMP, JUMP TO IT”!

As cold as winter in the colonies, we were stripped of our identities, culture, and religion. We would find solace in the warmth of our spirits and our ancestors. As Malcolm X would say, “Just because a cat has kittens in a stove, you don’t call them biscuits.” An AFRICAN IS STILL AN AFRICAN. In the Queen’s words, “A ROSE IS STILL A ROSE”. We took that to heart and would “SAY A LITTLE PRAYER” to call forth our heaven on earth — not in the bye and bye!

With the civil war coming to an close, emancipation began swirling in the air. We wanted to believe we had a “DO RIGHT MAN” in President Lincoln and a “DO RIGHT WOMAN” in America. On both accounts, we were sadly mistaken and realized we were only a “CHAIN OF FOOLS”. We were turned back during Reconstruction, forlorn and bewildered – betrayed with the removal of all federal troops from the south. Forty acres and a mule was just DAY DREAMING. Consideration or discussions about reparations with America became, “DON’T PLAY THAT SONG”.

Jim Crow swept across the land like boll weevil. Marauding gangs consumed with white nationalism punctuated the American landscape with “strange fruit”. Protests and marches ensued endlessly. We stood at the crossroads between violence and non-violence. Not fully recovered from the four little girls bombed in the Birmingham church; a shot rang out in Memphis, a body fell. The King of Love was dead. In total disbelief, we said, “AINT NO WAY”.

The lyrics from ELEANOR RIGBY reverberated with us singing the chorus, “All the lonely people where do they belong?” The political milieu continued to offer a fox or a wolf. We turned to each other for support. It appeared as if our compass for moving forward had gone awry but there was a light at the end of the tunnel and it wasn’t the train coming back at us. We elected the first African-American president. On that accord we demanded, R-E-S-P-E-C-T.

Just recently, the Queen was called home by her celestial designer – her maker, where she now joins the ancestors. Collectively, we all sighed. The fact is the Queen had fulfilled what she came here to do: to be of service; her divine purpose complete. I had one last request. I asked the Queen to “CALL ME” the second, the minute, the hour, the moment she get there. She did. Thank you QUEEN for the spiritual call back.

Tolson Banner is a writer and columnist.

Senator John McCain, A Soldiers’ Warrior

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  • A Vietnam War Veteran & POW Battle with Brain Cancer comes to an end.

By Raymond Christian <sirrcccapt@msn.com>

Senator John McCainIn honor of a fallen officer and dedicated humanitarian. I must say that Senator John McCain will be missed. His training as a military officer, his presence, knowledge and experience is not something that can be so easily replaced or recreated.

It takes a man with this kind of diligence one who has actually been a prisoner of war. To stand on the green carpet and speak up for the Vietnam Veterans. Senator McCain  understood the need of having bills related to those who have served the United States passed. It was important to help them to be able to take care of themselves,  to be made whole.  It is unfortunate our government is still denying soldiers the relief they deserve.
Senator John McCain has been that voice through the years a voice for all soldiers. But moreso a voice for the forgotten Vietnam Veterans and their continuous suffering and battles with “Agent Orange.”
Senator John McCain was a captured POW one of the few men able to speak on the sufferin the Vietnam Veterans had to endure. Senator John McCain was captured by the Vietnamese and placed in solitary confinement in Vietnam. Prior to being placed in solitary confinement as a POW Senator McCain requested the release of the POW’s with him. This request led to unwarranted attention being placed on him. Which also led to him being forced into solitary confinement for two years. Senator John McCain was continuously tortured beyond imaginary beliefs. He was denied medical attention.
Regardless of whether Senator McCain was a Democrat or Republican it really doesn’t  matter we must look at the man and the work he has put forward to make this world a better place for all.  What we as a nation of people must look at is the concept of freedom and what this great nation America stands for.  What is the right thing to do to move this nation forward.  From a more personal stand point I saw Senator McCain’s viewpoints on many issues especially on those concerning the Vietnam Veterans as an equalizer for justice.
Senator McCain’s service in the military and government helped to prepare him in his leadership roles for the progress of this nation. He gave of himself which is something others are not willing to do. He invested his time and effort for change. He denied himself time with family, friends and loved ones for the benefit of the United States of America.

His military record speaks for itself In March 1973, after years of torture, McCain and other POWs were released. He later received the Silver Star, Bronze Star, Purple Heart and Distinguished Flying Cross. His time in government remain impeccable.

Thank you Senator John McCain for your dedication to service, your loyalty, and integrity you continuously exhibited to all is an example to follow for many. Gob bless you on your journey upwards through the pearly gates. Rest in peace you have fought a long and hard battle. Let these words rain with you forevermore Matthew 25:21 King James Version (KJV)

21 His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.

Copyrights Elder Raymond C Christian all rights reserved

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Will the Real Alderman Michelle Harris Step Down as Alderman of the 8th Ward

Posted by Admin On August - 20 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

By Pamela Bratcher-McMillan

The 8th Ward looks disgusting, and we can prove it. Don’t believe it? Drive up and down its main streets. Ald. Michelle Harris is helping the area plunge down into a slum by allowing businesses to come in that prey on the poor all the while attempting to transform the 8th ward and its communities into a slum to inevitably help and allow strangers to come in and buy for pennies on the dollar.

In the meantime, your property values will go down and crime will go up. Within the slums she builds and cultivates is one of the most affluent black communities in Chicago known as Pill Hill. Once a very wealthy black community, her reign has littered the surrounding area with deteriorating businesses and vacant property leaving the area only desirable for blood-suckers and exploitative businesses to come in, including her tower of Babel that pitted the communities against each other; thanks to her forked tongue delivery of the project and its component known as the Montclare, a low-income senior housing project that she was able to get the go-ahead from the city to allow construction. It will be her testament to her tenure and the ornament that shines in the middle of the devastation created under her watch including dialysis centers, organ donation facilities, businesses that buy blood from our young, businesses that can fence merchandise stolen from our neighbors, cash advance, storage units for people to store and many will eventually lose what they have due to discrimination and unemployment.

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To add insult to injury, Ald. Harris has changed the report  abandoned vehicles page on her website to report vacant/abandoned buildings, instead of adding a new page to report abandoned buildings. Is this an attempt to look like she was concerned  about the abandoned buildings all the time by editing an existing page so it wouldn’t look like a new page? So much for reporting abandoned vehicles! This is just one example of the deception that constantly takes place when her ineptness is exposed or feels her position (she calls it a job) is threatened. It’s obvious she was shamed into looking as if she was concerned about it all the time, when she was not, yet she was tooting her own horn all over the place about how she was building the 8th Ward up with a low-income housing project in a middle to upper- middle class community. What a joke!

We saw all of the pictures of the slums and lack of maintenance on empty and abandoned buildings, some in deplorable and dangerous conditions as well as severely broken sidewalks and filthy streets being shared on the Citizens for “Linda Hudson, 8th Ward Aldermanic Candidate’s” Facebook page, and obviously she and her staff did too.

While they are half hanging street cleaning signs, the Department of Streets & Sanitation is coming through every month cleaning streets and ticketing the cars of people that didn’t see the signs because they weren’t placed properly where they could be seen. There was a time when residents didn’t get tickets on their street, the sweeper just went around and you you’d lose out on the cleaning.

Ald. Harris, please, for the well-being and sake of the community, step down as alderman. It is obvious you haven’t been a good caretaker for the ward. You’re in over your head – no creativity, no ideas, no vision, and nothing for the 8th ward but blight.

 

Photos courtesy of Citizens for “Linda Hudson, 8th Ward Aldermanic Candidate.”

NOTE: Click on first image and use left & right arrows to navigate gallery.

Linda Hudson for Alderman of the 8th Ward

NAACP: The Kavanaugh Nomination Must be Postponed

Posted by Admin On August - 20 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS
NAACP: The Kavanaugh Nomination Must be PostponedUS Senate Judiciary Committee hearings into Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s fitness to serve on the US Supreme Court and his views are now scheduled to begin on Tuesday, September 4, 2018.The NAACP has a number of grave concerns about this nomination and about the unnecessary rush to confirm this nominee.  From his record as it exists and what we know about his views, decisions , and priorities, Judge Kavanaugh demonstrates no empathy with the very real concerns and needs of most working middle-class Americans or with the unique concerns of racial and ethnic minority Americans. Nor does he agree with or support the policy priorities of the NAACP.  Thus, the NAACP remains steadfastly opposed to his nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court.Furthermore, much of his record, especially those detailing his opinions during his time serving as staff secretary to President George W. Bush have not been made available to the public nor to the Senators who will vet, evaluate and vote on his nomination.  While it is true that we have access to his thinking prior to serving on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, and then over the last 12 years, while serving on that court, appeals court judges are bound by precedents of the Supreme Court. However, Supreme Court Justices are free to overturn those precedents and apply their own views of the Constitution. Positions Mr. Kavanaugh took as a lawyer and staff member in the Bush administration will also shed additional light on how he might rule when unconstrained by a higher authority.For more information on what we know and what we need to know to make a fully informed decision, as well as how you can advocate, please see the attached Action Alert

A Tribute to The Queen of Soul

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Tribute to Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul By Raymond Christian <sirrcccapt@msn.com>

When we think about crossing over to the other side. Leaving this world in spirit form where our soul returns back to the one and only creator of life, God.  Many of us have had the opportunity to be blessed with the chance to see the Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin either in church or in concert. Through the years Aretha has entertained us. By gracing us on stage with the lovely and unique voice she was blessed to entertain us with. Her music was shared with the world which involved different occasions, happy, sad, subtle and heartbreaking love. Many  of her songs reminded me of family fun when I was a child watching my mother and uncles and aunties dancing in the living room at my grandmother’s house. I am certain there are so many of us irreguardless of color who can relate to those precious moments.

Aretha Franklin shocked the world when she demanded her(Respect)  R.E.S.P.E.C.T. a major hit and every household throughout the United States was playing it. Let’s go back for a moment  as I take you a little further down memory lane when Aretha blasted the world with Ain’t No Way. There was just no stopping The Queen of Soul as she went into demand filling concert hall after concert hall. You can bet there would be a sell out on all tickets with Aretha Franklin’s name posted at the top of the marquee.

Although she was the Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin was discovered in church.   Where she started as a gospel singer, I can still close my eyes and hear her singing Amazing Grace, I’m  Climbing Higher Mountains,  Precious Lord. Yes we all loved her and you have to admit she still holds the title The Queen of Soul. Mrs. Aretha Franklin continued to challengw herself through the years. A Queen amongst Queens there was no task she was afraid to meet and complete. Don’t forget Natural Woman, You Send Me; 3.The Weight; 4. Baby, I Love You; 5.Do Right Woman; 6.Chain Of Fools; 8.My Song; etc. She let us into her life and shared her love for music with the rest of the world.

Aretha Franklin gave us “I Say A Little Prayer”  Now we must all say one for her and give thanks to the love, happiness and joy she brought into our homes, businesses, streets, club’s and churches.  And we all danced to the unique tunes of Aretha Franklin. She is now being laid to rest and her journey on this earth is complete. A legend in her own time. You should sit back and play this song  “Gotta Find Me an Angel.”  Because one of our Angels has just flown away. Thank you Aretha for all the love you shared with us through the years.

Copyrights Elder Raymond C Christian all rights reserved

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Five Million Americans say it’s Time to Impeach

Posted by Admin On August - 20 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS
From: Tom Steyer
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The entire world watched the day Donald Trump took Vladimir Putin’s side in Helsinki, finally seeing what so many of us have been seeing for so long.

The world saw President Trump deny that Putin orchestrated a cyber-attack on our 2016 elections — and deny the consensus of our intelligence community that Russia is already attempting to attack our elections again this year.

There’s a name for siding with a hostile foreign dictator against the American people and their democracy: Treason. And Donald Trump’s treason has put our nation’s very democracy at risk.

Impeachment was written into the Constitution to remove a president who, just like Trump, betrays the American people. Join our movement and demand his impeachment now!

Show you’re in today: Yes, I will stand with Need to Impeach now and demand Congress impeach President Trump.

Last month Special Counsel Robert Mueller indicted 12 Russian intelligence officers for hacking party platforms and stealing information from half a million American voters. That makes for 35 indictments in the investigation of Russian interference and related crimes, along with five guilty pleas — so far.

Trump dismissed these allegations because Putin — who was standing next to him at the time, after a two-hour private meeting — “was extremely strong and powerful in his denial.”

Since when does the U.S. president take the word of the leader of Russia on matters of national security? We cannot let this stand. We cannot allow ourselves to be led by a compromised president who not only allows but defends foreign attacks on our nation’s most elemental democratic processes.

We need to impeach Donald Trump.

We can’t wait any longer. Stand with Need To Impeach to defend democracy and help demand the impeachment of this compromised president.

More than 5.5 million Americans have joined our movement so far. Every day, more and more people are realizing that we cannot let this president endanger our democracy any longer.

Thank you,

Tom Steyer

Chicago Teachers Union on Abuse Report: CPS, Mayor, Have Failed Our Students – and Emanuel’s Control of Schools Must End

Posted by Admin On August - 20 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

Schools must have democratic oversight from elected, representative school board – the path forward to provide transparency and accountability that protects students from harm, says union.

Chicago Teachers Union on Abuse Report: CPS, Mayor, Have Failed Our Students – and Emanuel’s Control of Schools Must End CHICAGO, IL—The CPS released a report on system-wide failures to protect students from sexual abuse – an appalling example of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s failed control our schools. CTU Vice President Jesse Sharkey issued the following statement in response to the report’s deeply troubling findings:

“Rahm Emanuel and his hand-picked school bosses have failed repeatedly to protect schoolchildren from harm,” said CTU Vice President Jesse Sharkey. “Emanuel’s hand-picked administrators and board of education have repeatedly rebuffed our efforts to establish an independent task force to address this issue, just as CPS has repeatedly bungled its efforts in re-fingerprinting educators.

“Our primary responsibility as educators is to ensure the safety of our students – a responsibility the mayor has undermined. Instead, Emanuel has closed nearly a hundred schools, slashed school budgets, robbed our school communities of veteran educators and created a dangerous shortage of social workers, clinical psychologists, counselors and certified school nurses. These are exactly the professionals best equipped to train students and staff to be alert to potential abuse, and to identify and address any threats to students. Our teachers, clinicians and paraprofessionals struggle under mayoral control—a school regime that has repeatedly covered up and concealed threats to student safety, whether that is rodent-infested buildings or sexual predators. Our schools and our students are little more than pawns in the mayor’s endless racket to enhance his political stature – a distorted agenda that has created what today’s report calls “costly changes”, and an inconsistent, dangerous culture in our schools that undercuts our students’ very safety and trust in our school communities.

“Rahm Emanuel owns this crisis – and he owns every single crisis our school district has confronted since he took over in 2011. His failed leadership of our schools must end, and the people of this city must be granted what they have repeatedly demanded – an elected, representative school board that is accountable, transparent and committed first, foremost and always to the wellbeing of our students and their school communities, rather than the mayor’s political fortunes.”

Fatherless Daughters Network Helping Black Women and Others Worldwide to Find Hope, Help and Healing

Posted by Admin On June - 16 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

Angela Patterson, founder of Fatherless Daughters Network

Angela Patterson, founder of the Fatherless Daughters Network, and her new book

Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — The Fatherless Daughters Network is celebrating dads everywhere, especially since Father’s Day is during the month of June. On this occasion every year, children look for the perfect card and gift to give to that special man they call “father.”

But there is another group of children who do not celebrate this day. Not because they don’t want to, but because they have not had a reason to. These are the millions of fatherless daughter women who are without their fathers.

Everyone has a biological father, but when the term “fatherless” is used, it means that the father figure is just not present in the daughter’s life.

He could be unavailable, unattached or absent due to separation, divorce, abandonment or even death. Perhaps he lacked the skills needed to bond with his daughter. Or just maybe he was not allowed to be there for his daughter by her mom or some other person. In some instances, the dad was physically present but was not emotionally attentive and caring towards his daughter.

Whatever the reason, there are countless women out there who are feeling the negative effects of fatherlessness in their current lives.

Studies have shown that females who had an unstable father figure are more liable to have unplanned pregnancy, low-self esteem, high school and college drop-out, poverty, divorce and sexually promiscuous behavior.

Many women are living out the patterns of fatherlessness and don’t even recognize it. Because it’s a hidden, muted, unrecognizable pain that tends to show up in their relationships with love and money.

In her work, Angela Patterson, founder of The Fatherless Daughters Network and author of I’m Not That Woman, found that many fatherless daughter women struggle in their relationship with love and their relationship with money. She comments, “Because how we do love is how we do money. The same emotional triggers that impact our relationship with love also impact our relationship with money. Love and money are both tied to our self value and self worth which can be a challenge for a woman who had a flawed father-daughter relationship.”

She adds, “Females receive their identity from their paternal relationships and if that relationship is hindered or flawed in any way, the negative consequences in her life can be many. But I believe we can change this tragic story through the power of love, acceptance and forgiveness.”

As founder of The Fatherless Daughters Network, a platform dedicated to elevating the awareness that fatherlessness has on a female’s life and providing resources to help decrease its long term impact, she is committed to the task of helping women heal and rewrite a new narrative for their lives.

With her global community of Certified Fatherless Daughter Advocates we are dedicated to helping women and girls to redefine who they are beyond their fatherlessness, reclaim their value and worth by actualizing the power of self love to unleash their greatest potential to shine.

Their goal and aim is never to criticize or ridicule fathers because they recognize they have their own stories. “If we spend our time blaming,” Angela says. “We create a new problem trying to solve the main problem.”

For interviews, to book Angela to facilitate a workshop, host a film screening or obtain the upcoming book, I’m Not That Woman, contact Angela at www.fatherlessdaughters.net or info@fatherlessdaughters.net


About Angela Carr Patterson
Angela Carr Patterson is speaker, author, TV/Radio host, film producer, Global Life/Success Strategist, founder of The Fatherless Daughters Network and executive producer of The Making of a Fatherless Daughter Documentary film. To learn more about Angela, log onto www.angelacarrpatterson.com

NAACP Committed to Countering Disenfranchisement of Voters in Wake of Husted Decision

Posted by Admin On June - 16 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

NAACP Committed to Countering Disenfranchisement of Voters in Wake of Husted DecisionBALTIMORE — The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the nation’s premier civil rights organization released the following statement on today’s Supreme Court Decision to uphold the Ohio Supplemental Voter “List Maintenance” Process:

“The NAACP is disappointed in today’s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold Ohio’s supplemental voter ‘list maintenance’ process, but is likewise determined to protect infrequent voters of color from being disenfranchised through Ohio’s process and similar processes used by other states.  In today’s 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court ruled that Ohio’s program does not violate the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) by impermissibly targeting persons who have not recently voted for possible removal from voting rolls.  The NAACP filed an amicus brief to the Court in this case, which was cited by Justice Sotomayor in her dissenting opinion, which states:  “In concluding that the Supplemental Process does not violate the NVRA, the majority does more than just misconstrue the statutory text. It entirely ignores the history of voter suppression against which the NVRA was enacted and upholds a program that appears to further the very disenfranchisement of minority and low-income voters that Congress set out to eradicate.”

“This decision demands that the NAACP and like-minded organizations redouble their efforts to ensure that voters of color are registered and prepared to vote in this fall’s elections,” said NAACP General Counsel Bradford Berry.  “As we reflect on the life and legacy of Medgar Evers, who was assassinated 55 years ago because of his voter registration work in Mississippi, we call on our members and supporters to engage their state and local officials to focus their efforts on increasing voter participation in this fall’s elections, rather than targeting the most vulnerable of our citizens for removal from the voting rolls.”

 

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