Jan 20, 2014

MLK Worked for with 1,000,000s for Civil Rights and Peace

Johnson and King at Signing of Voting Rights Act
King and The Movement Live on, as James Sensenbrenner and the GOP say be "reasonable" and support GOP Voter ID regimes, stopping millions from voting and undoing King and The Movement's work. 

Celebrate MLK Jr. Day with the truth.

Martin Luther King Jr. was a champion for social justice, a full jobs economy, peace, civil rights and voting rights.

The Movement's commitments ring loudly today challenging the Republican Party that has become the anti-King Party, in Scott Walker's words employing "divide and conquer" tactics, and the retrograde thinking of the White Party deceitfully inventing voter fraud to prevent voting.

Gary May, author of the inspiring Bending Toward Justice - The Voting Rights Act and the Transformation of American Democracy (Gary May. Basic Books; 2013) chronicling the victory of the Voting Rights Act over southern segregationists and white bigots in 1950s-60s American society through the presidency of George W. Bush, notes near the end of his book the new alliance between white supremacists and the Republican Party, an underground affinity which now also includes a constant siege against students, disaffected veterans, minorities, women (in Texas), and any group of Americans who tend to vote against the Republican Party, and as May warned, this politcal force struck down the pillar of the civil rights movement in Shelby County v. Holder.

The so-call fix to the Voting Rights Act (VRA) under consideration in Congress, the Voting Rights Amendment Act (H.R.3899), specifically protects GOP states' "reasonable voter-ID laws."

Reasonable would be interpreted by the same judiciary that ludicrously stuck down the Voting Rights Act in the first place, and as any lay reader knows the Voting Rights Act is necessary on the federal level because the federal constitutional guarantee to vote is relatively weak.

[Note: Rep. James Sensenbrenner (R-White People), the VRA 'fix' co-author, has convinced a lot of people that during his time at Stanford University (1961-1965) and UW-Madison Law School (1965-68) before he dove into GOP politics, Sensenbrenner was a secret Freedom Rider and colleague of King's who laid his body on the line at Selma, so strong is Sensenbrenner's commitment to voting rights.

That some 11 percent of Americans lack government IDs and over half of African-American and Hispanic males and almost half of minority females in Sensenbrenner's own Milwaukee County lack drivers' licenses and would not be able to vote, is "reasonable" to Sensenbrenner.]

The fact there exists virtually no Voter Fraudthe GOP-asserted policy rationale for its new precondition to votehas in a recent major voting rights case in Pennsylvania been stipulated in open court by all parties. No fraud. (The Wisconsin GOP did not get the memo though.) Last week the voter obstruction law was ruled unconstitutional by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court under the Pennsylvania Constitution. Wisconsin State Senator Alberta Darling (White Folks, Wisconsin) said in 2012 that had Wisconsin's Voter ID law (Act 23) not be enjoined, Mitt Romney would have won the state. Darling implied that over 200,000 in-person cases of voter fraud occurred that would have carried the day for Republicans.

Across the nation, the struggle continues against poverty, against prevention of humanity.

King, courageous in the face of attempted FBI assassination and harassment, never wavered in his commitment to love and peace.

Writes Gary May:

"King left us a rich legacy. Nonviolence became an effective tool in the hands of reformers throughout the world as well as the United States, which experienced the end of segregation in a relatively bloodless revolution. Despite his self-doubts and the attacks of critics in his own camp, he persevered, committed always to nonviolence and to the fulfillment of American democracy however long it would take. That is what we should be celebrating on this day."

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