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Voting is a Right NOT a Privilege ~~ The Struggle continues


votingTime to pass the Voting Rights Act, change redistricting rules, and make it easier for ALL Americans to VOTE

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Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” -George Santayana (16 December 1863 in Madrid, Spain – 26 September 1952 in Rome, Italy) was a philosopher, essayist, poet, and novelist. 

 On March 7, 1965, hundreds of brave unarmed nonviolent women and men dared to March for African Americans’ right to vote.

The fact is that less than 1% of eligible Blacks could vote or register to vote.

A group of people organized a Peaceful Protest: The March would start in Selma then move on to the state capitol in Montgomery.

However, as these peaceful protesters tried to cross the Edmund Pettus Bridge to Montgomery the police, seemingly already assuming a defensive posture; some on horses had, looking back, a predetermined tactical intervention plan against protesters. The protesters, mostly young African Americans also walked quietly with a mixture of older individuals and white Students as well: and as they did so police proceeded to try and control the protesters  which quickly resulted in the “excessive use of force.”

As protesters continued, it became clear that the excessive force was now an active use of police brutality and acts of murder; the grotesque beating of a young black leader of nonviolent protesting #RepJohnLewis had his skull cracked open among other injuries to his body.  These Montgomery officers were out to do harm as they surrounded and knocked out young protesters using their nightsticks,  sprayed water cannons at close range while others used tear gas.

These kids had no weapons; they did NOT fight back because they were not there to fight, but showed much courage and strength in the face of absolute brutal violence by an adversarial organization minorities are expected to respect. These men in police uniforms hired to protect and serve citizens were actually a force activated by the state to show physical power,  discrimination, and racism in all its worse forms.

We must never forget that some of our fellow  Americans died for our right to vote! In what was an attempt to March in peaceful disobedience quickly became an adverse harmful environment to young black and white women and men,  students from all backgrounds, folks who believed voting is a right had to quickly retreat while journalists and photographers became witnesses to the suffering violence and death.

The brutal reaction by the police was not only caught on tape it forced then-President Johnson,  once against civil rights programs as a Senator to call on Congress for equal voting rights for all on March 15.

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The Voting Act of 1965 became a law on August 6; is a landmark piece of national legislation in the United States that outlawed discriminatory voting practices that had been responsible for the widespread disenfranchisement of African Americans in the U.S.

A day that started out peacefully quickly descended into an awful johnlewisbeatwithknightstickugly March of death for the right to vote called, “Bloody Sunday”.

Now, some 50 years later, a new “Jim Crow” era has emerged with a major step backward in the fight for civil and voting rights. Conservative states are targeting not only African Americans but Senior citizens, first-time voters, early voting, Students, low income, immigrants, and the undocumented though Republicans call them (illegals) Dreamers; some born or brought to the US as youngsters all victims of circumstance now voting age. Also, Governors from the Republican-controlled States are allowing election officials to purge voters, people without birth certificates were given limited or completely denied access to the voting booth failing to meet new voter ID regulations in time, and were treated like possible (illegals). This is the 21st Century; we should be on a progressive path toward equality for all not one that will re-engage folks in the act of racism or exclusion leading to suppressing participation in the election process. In 2017, Republicans tried to pass and or enforce new, even stricter voter ID legislation or influence their districts with strange redistricting rules and regulations.  While some judges … have struck down some of these restrictive laws that ultimately suppress the vote, it is clear the effort to shut people of colour out of the election process sadly continues.

We need to push back on all attempts to suppress the Right to Vote.

With so much at stake, it is time to stop sitting on the sidelines. If we are going to succeed, Conservative lawmakers NEED to hear our Voices.

We cannot turn back the clock on Voting Rights For the sake of the Next Generation

Thank You for Taking Action

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~ Nativegrl77

5 Tips for a Safe Spring Break


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It’s the season when college students are off for spring break. But if they’re traveling, they’ve got to stay safe.
The Office of Women’s Health (OWH) at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is taking new steps to ensure that young women have access to timely wellness information.
To do this, OWH is launching a new web page with information about health issues to help young women stay safe on vacation and beyond.

Stop spying on Black activists! Brandi Collins … ColorOfChange.org


Help expose FBI surveillance of Black Lives Matter events!
The FBI and DHS are illegally monitoring and spying on our movements for justice. Hv

Chip in $15 to help expose FBI surveillance of Black Lives Matter events!

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Why do the FBI and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) think fighting for Black lives is a threat to national security?123

From protests to candlelight vigiles, the FBI and DHS are illegally monitoring and spying on our movements for justice.4 If you attended a protest or rally in the last two years- they may even have a file on you! This is a blatant assault on our First Amendment right to organize and speak out against injustice.

Enough is enough! We’re launching an investigation to uncover the FBI and DHS’s monitoring activities of Black Lives Matter protests. Help us fully expose the government’s discriminatory and dangerous spying.

Chip in $15 to help expose FBI surveillance of Black Lives Matter events!

Black and brown folks are dying in the streets daily while our federal government refuses to track police shootings and the group identified as the biggest terror threat to the United States: white extremists.5 Instead of addressing police brutality, the FBI is monitoring and trying to intimidate Black activists. Instead of working to prevent the next Dylann Roof, the DHS is monitoring and trying to block justice movements.

We have too many fights to win and too much on the line to let our movement come under attack!

Over the last few months, it’s been revealed that the FBI, DHS and local police departments have been monitoring the social media accounts of activists and have even tried to intimidate activists at public events.6 They’ve used that information to compile “threat assessments” and provide “situational awareness” — coded language used by law enforcement agencies to conduct surveillance of lawful, First Amendment-protected political speech.

This surveillance serves not only to keep tabs on activists, but also to deter them from pushing forward. Surveillance is a tool of fear. These techniques are designed to create a chilling effect on people’s organizing.

With your $15 donation, we can put in FOIA requests for Black Lives Matter protests from the past year plus and pull back the curtain on government spying.

The current surveillance strategy follows a history of domestic surveillance of social movements, including the civil rights movement in the 1960s.7 The FBI notoriously monitored the activities of social justice activists like Congressman John Lewis, Cesar Chavez and the Native American resistance movement through COINTELPRO (COunter INTELigenece PROgram). They subjected Dr. Martin Luther King jr. to extensive wiretapping and even tried to blackmail him into committing suicide.8

Instead of trying to protect Black Americans from actual terrorists and police brutality, they are trying to silence us. This is made all the more disturbing by the fact that these agencies are targeting activists of color with their counter-terrorism units.9 Peaceful protests, vigils, and community organizing should not be treated as national security threats by our government, and yet they are.

What we currently know is a small fraction of the state surveillance against the Black Lives Matter movement. We are going to do everything we can to expose radical and illegal surveillance tactics by the FBI and DHS.

Chip in $15 to help expose FBI surveillance of social justice activists!

Thanks and Peace,

–Brandi, Rashad, Arisha, Evan, and the rest of the ColorOfChange team.
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References:

1. “Emails Show Feds Have Monitored ‘Professional Protester’ DeRay Mckesson,” Vice News, 8-11-2015
http://act.colorofchange.org/go/5221?t=8&akid=4728.1174326.n-STiE

2. “EXCLUSIVE: FEDS REGULARLY MONITORED BLACK LIVES MATTER SINCE FERGUSON,” The Intercept, 7-24-2015
http://act.colorofchange.org/go/5222?t=10&akid=4728.1174326.n-STiE

3. “5 Examples of Our Government Treating BlackLivesMatter Movement Like a Terrorist Group,” Alternet 4-27-2015
http://act.colorofchange.org/go/5223?t=12&akid=4728.1174326.n-STiE

4. “EXCLUSIVE: FEDS REGULARLY MONITORED BLACK LIVES MATTER SINCE FERGUSON,” The Intercept, 7-24-2015
http://act.colorofchange.org/go/5222?t=14&akid=4728.1174326.n-STiE

5. “White Americans Are Biggest Terror Threat in U.S.: Study,” NBC News, 6-24-2015
http://act.colorofchange.org/go/5224?t=16&akid=4728.1174326.n-STiE

6. “At Last Night’s Solidarity March, the NYPD ‘Came Out Swinging’,” The Nation, 4-30-2015
http://act.colorofchange.org/go/5225?t=18&akid=4728.1174326.n-STiE

7. FBI Records: The Vault: Black Extremist, FBI
http://act.colorofchange.org/go/5226?t=20&akid=4728.1174326.n-STiE

8. “The History of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the F.B.I.,” Huffington Post, 1-20-2014
http://act.colorofchange.org/go/5227?t=22&akid=4728.1174326.n-STiE

9. “EXCLUSIVE: FEDS REGULARLY MONITORED BLACK LIVES MATTER SINCE FERGUSON,” The Intercept, 7-24-2015
http://act.colorofchange.org/go/5222?t=24&akid=4728.1174326.n-STiE

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