Thousands of people marched and rallied in the frigid streets of Raliegh, North Carolina on Saturday morning to demand a restoration of voting rights and voice broad support for a new progressive agenda to counter the current policies of Gov. Pat McCrory and the Republican-controlled legislature.
We the Land(and maybe slave)-Owning Rich White Males of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union…
All power to the Voting Rights marchers in North Carolina.
Point of editing/history: Schwerner, Chaney and Goodman were killed in Mississippi.
The south, extending their slave owning legacy…
now do folks begin to understand how important Bernie’s running truly is to making real change in Amerika? People everywhere are beginning to take charge of their communities and fight back because hope has been restored and courage is in the forefront. Power to the People!
Having voice in human society is an absolute necessity. In this period of elections we are very much focused on the systemic problems as they manifest here. At the same time, the same system impacts indigenous peoples all over the world. Toward keeping in mind that stakes here at home, so essential, also impact policies all over the world. Today, I respectfully submit one case, that of Papua New Guinea. My prayers for recognition of the “Moral Imperative” in North Carolina at the same time hold the indigenous peoples here and in Papua New Guinea - that we never forget
Voting rights are so fundamental to democracy! David Goodman makes a compelling argument, because the truth is that democracy is for everybody, not just for people who have the time, the money, and the privileges that most poor and disadvantaged people struggle for every day to no avail.
I’m watching the movie Selma
and it’s frightening
and terribly sad
what black people had to go through
to get the rights we all are guaranteed by our constitution (which needed a number of amendments to ‘clarify’ what those rights are)…
And the courage of these activists astounds us 50 years later.
The freedom marchers took the only path with any hope of success against the most violent and predatory “traditions” ever found in the US, a “way of life” so prevalent that the KKK and White Citizens Council achieved their intention of appearing immovable. But the walls came crumbling down, and now most of us are revolted by what those racists - simultaneously vicious and pathetic - did to perpetuate their “way of life.”
And LBJ, when stalling simply led to more murders, followed the shift in the wind and pushed through the Voting Rights Act, even to adopting the phrase which made him so angry in the preceding months, “We shall overcome.”.
(It’s worth pondering that nonviolence like this wouldn’t have worked in fascist Germany because other ‘ideals’ carried the day and retaliation was fatal.)
But here in the USA, as MLK, Jr., said, “No lie can live forever.”
Except of course, that the lie comes back cloaked in other names, such as “preventing voter fraud” and “clearing convicts from the rolls,” and “redistricting” (AKA jerrymandering),
Like feminists who find that there is still plenty of work to do, civil rights activists know that hard won gains can melt away if we aren’t vigilant.
Still, the over aching question is: Why, in the Greatest Nation on Earth, don’t we get the loaves instead of the crumbs? While we focus on the illusion of Us and Them, for instance, while blacks and white argue, we don’t notice who is pulling the strings.