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On the 51st Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, Now Is the Time to Restore It to Its Full Power

Lyndon Johnson and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Anniversaries can be celebratory or somber. Today we celebrate the 51st anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, and it is the kind of anniversary in which we hail the success of the act while also acknowledging the deficiencies in our democracy that make the full act necessary.

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Working Families Demand Restoration of Voting Rights Act

Working Families Demand Restoration of Voting Rights Act

In Roanoke, Va., part of the district of Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R), working families joined with a broad coalition of activists and concerned Americans to demand restoration of the Voting Rights Act, key provisions of which were struck down by the Supreme Court two years ago. Here are some of the key tweets from those in attendance.

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Horrible: Supreme Court Allows North Carolina’s Voting Restrictions to Go Forward

North Carolina AFL-CIO photo

The U.S. Supreme Court yesterday allowed key parts of one of the most restrictive voting rights laws in the nation to go forward. A federal appeals court had enjoined the provisions and North Carolina officials asked the Supreme Court to stay that ruling.

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Tell Congress to Restore the Voting Rights Act

Tell Congress to Restore the Voting Rights Act

Forty-nine years ago today, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and that has been a cornerstone of the civil rights movement, by ensuring that every American citizen, regardless of race or language, has equal access to the vote. But about a year ago, the U.S. Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act

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Congress, It's Time to End Voting Discrimination

Philadelphia voter registration day, 2012.

One year ago, a majority of Supreme Court justices weakened the federal government's ability to prevent voter discrimination. In a sweeping decision, they decimated the Voting Rights Act, which has helped fulfill the ideals of our democracy for nearly 50 years, and added a new stain to the United States' complicated history on the issue of voting rights.

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Since 2010, New Laws in 22 States Restrict Right to Vote

Since 2010, New Laws in 22 States Restrict Right to Vote

Since Republicans gained control of many state legislatures in the 2010 elections, 22 states(see map above)—nearly all of them in the South and the Midwest—have rolled out new restrictions on the right to vote. Voters in many of those states were protected by a key section of the Voting Rights Act that covered parts of 16 states with long histories of voter discrimination until the U.S. Supreme Court overturned it in 5–4 ruling last year.

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Executive Council Calls for Strong Voting Rights Act Repair, Salutes VW Workers, Moves to Increase Young Workers’ Voices

Photo va Adios Arpaio Facebook page

In statements adopted Wednesday at its annual winter meeting in Houston, the AFL-CIO Executive Council:

  • Called for the restoration of the Voting Rights Act that the U.S. Supreme Court weakened in a 2013 decision;
  • Vowed its continued support for Tennessee Volkswagen workers and condemned the actions of extremist politicians and outside groups in the recent union election; and
  • Set steps to involve more young workers in all levels of the AFL-CIO.   

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Black History Month: IBEW Leader Breaks Down Voting Barriers for People of Color in Mississippi

Charlie Horhn. Photo via the Electrical Worker online.

It took years of hard work, but Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 2262 member and former local president Charles Horhn didn't give up on his dream. Horhn, a member of the A. Philip Randolph Institute, marched with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the 1966 March Against Fear in Mississippi and worked with the Mississippi AFL-CIO, the NAACP, as well as other community and faith groups to register voters of color all over the state starting in the 1960s.

Text HISTORY to 235246 to hear workers reflect on Black History Month (standard data and message rates may apply). 

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