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NAACP Takes ‘Vicious’ Voter Suppression to UN (Video)

NAACP Takes ‘Vicious’ Voter Suppression to UN (Video)

The NAACP will this week take what it says is a conscious attempt to “block the vote” on the part of state legislatures across the US to the United Nations.

It says that changes to voting laws are part of an orchestrated move to strip blacks and Latinos of the right to vote. William Barber, a member of the association’s national board, told the Guardian it was the “most vicious, co-ordinated and sinister attack to narrow participation in our democracy since the early 20th century.”

December 5, the NAACP released a new report revealing direct connections between the trend of increasing, unprecedented African American and Latino voter turnout and an onslaught of restrictive measures across the country designed to stem electoral strength among communities of color.

The report, Defending Democracy: Confronting Modern Barriers to Voting Rights in America [PDF], details a plethora of voter suppression initiatives, most of them pushed in states with large African-American populations and where voting turnout has surged. The joint report by the NAACP and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund examines scores of legislative proposals, ballot initiatives and voting laws enacted or proposed since the 2008 election.

NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous said:

“It’s been more than a century since we’ve seen such a tidal wave of assaults on the right to vote. Historically, when voting rights are attacked, it’s done to facilitate attacks on other rights.”

“It is no mistake that the groups who are behind this are simultaneously attacking very basic women’s rights, environmental protections, labor rights, and educational access for working people and minorities.”

“Voting rights attacks are the flip side of buying a democracy. First you buy all the leaders you can, and then you suppress as many votes as possible of the people who might object.”

“This assault — which is comprehensive in its reach and was launched in time to affect the 2012 elections — threatens to undermine the record levels of political participation witnessed during the historic 2008 Presidential Election, by blocking access to people of color, the poor, the elderly and the young,” the report warns.

The Brennan Center for Justice, based at New York University law school, estimates that the new measures [PDF] could bar as many as five million eligible voters from taking part in choosing the occupant of the White House next year.

The NAACP will this week present its evidence to the UN High Commissioner on Human Rights.

Through their web of political influence, billionaire political operatives Charles and David Koch have bought access to democracy’s lifeblood: free and fair elections. The Kochs have funded efforts to thwart 21 million Americans from voting and Koch dollars helped write and propose voting suppression bills in 38 states.

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11:48PM PST on Dec 27, 2011

Petition signed. I pray that it helps the situation.

11:12PM PST on Dec 13, 2011

If you had your voter rights suppressed, as we did in Russia for 80 years, you would be much more sensitive to voter fraud, as Putin is finding out right now.

11:42AM PST on Dec 12, 2011

Over a hundred years has passed since the abolishment of slavery in the U.S. but the discrimination is still going strong. Slavery is making a comeback because people have very short term memories.

11:39AM PST on Dec 12, 2011

Steve R. Congratulations, just when it looked like you could sink any deeper into hateful ignorance, you surprise us all. Colored people are still being discriminated against, white people are not, DUHHHHHHHHHH! You are just another racist immigrant who should never have been allowed into the country.

11:07PM PST on Dec 9, 2011

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7:43PM PST on Dec 8, 2011

@ Steve R.

Actually "white" and "black" are not colors, but just a shade and a tint, respectively. Though your average 6th grader will tell you they are neutrals.

Art lesson aside, white skin does have some melanin in it, so technically-speaking white people are "colored" too. The NAACP has been helping anyone at a disadvantage, white, black, latino, purple with pink dots, for years now.

Maybe you should try Googling stuff before commenting? The Internet is like a giant book, with so much to learn. I know you don't know this because you obviously just used it for the first time, being recently unfrozen after 50 years or something.

At least, that's what your comment tells me. That you haven't been updated on the NAACP's more recent work, and you have yet to learn how to research before you post racist-leaning (I'm giving you a reasonable doubt on this one) comments.

Also, in the last 50 years, it's become common knowledge that the United States is a founding member of the United Nations.

Welcome to the 2010's. We don't have flying cars (yet), but we're more evolved than the neanderthals of your day, good sir.

7:34PM PST on Dec 8, 2011

So glad a large organization like the NAACP got on this. But this is not targeted at only so-called "minorities" like African-Americans and Latinos, but also the traditional majority of actual voters (people who always show up at the poll) as well. The elderly usually vote in astonishing numbers, and some of these new state-level voter suppression-type laws require a birth certificate (in order to obtain a photo ID), which many very elderly folks don't have - their family may have just wrote it in a Bible or something. Also, some elderly folks can't get over to the DMV, even if they can reach their local fire hall. It is absolutely unconstitutional to deny anyone the right to vote like this (Except people under 18. We don't need a bunch of kindergartners determining the president based on who gave them the best candy or something.)

3:04PM PST on Dec 8, 2011

thanks

11:38AM PST on Dec 8, 2011

Sorry @R. M. C. :0 That's apathetic error!

11:01AM PST on Dec 8, 2011

The thing we need to do, although I don't think it could be done in this Congress, is to get a Constitutional Amendment passed, stating voting is a right of everyone over the age of 18 (not 21, Perry). It should also say that states will not have the right to restrict that ability to vote for anyone who is eligible.
This has gotten completely out of hand.

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