Topics: 1) Voting rights 2) Follow-up on Earth Day
1. Voting rights
Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement struggled, Worked Like Hell, and sacrificed their lives, to get the Voting Rights Act of 1965 through Congress and signed by President Johnson on August 6, 1965. In his address at the conclusion of the Selma to Montgomery March on March 25, 1965, before the Voting Rights Act was signed, Dr. King said, "Let us march on ballot boxes (Let us march. March) until brotherhood becomes more than a meaningless word in an opening prayer, but the order of the day on every legislative agenda.". Johnson called the right to vote “the most powerful instrument ever devised by man for breaking down injustice and destroying the terrible walls which imprison men because they are different from other men”.
Here are the legal details of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, including Sections 4(b) and 5.
But in 2013, the Supreme Court made a decision that weakened its enforcement.
The 2016 election in Georgia was marred by gross voter suppression, such as closing voting sites, reducing the number of voting machines, rules restricting voter participation. See the film "Suppressed" about the 2016 election in Georgia.
The House of Representatives passed H.R. 4 on Dec. 6, 2019 to try to repair the damage done by the Supreme Court. It was Introduced on Feb. 26, 2019, after the 2018 midterm election where Democrats staged a huge comeback.
The Senate has not yet passed the bill. It was received in the Senate on Dec. 9, 2019.
Trump intends to veto the bill if passed by Congress (House and Senate).
Will both the House and Senate each have the 2/3 majorities necessary to override a veto?
Should prisoners, also felons, have the right to vote?
Should online voting be allowed? Can we ensure its security?
2. Follow-up on Earth Day just held on Wednesday, April 22.
Follow up on how the Earth Day events went from those that participated.
Take a closer look at Environmental Racism and ways to correct it.
This is an online event. You will receive the connection information in an email after your RSVP.
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