Saturday, August 24, 2013

Rep. Lewis At March On Washington: "Fix The Voting Rights Act"

Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), veteran civil rights leader who had his skull fractured in the 1960s struggle for voting rights, criticized the Supreme Court when it struck down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act. Since then, as dissenting Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg observed, Southern states have been passing laws suppressing the vote. Speaking today at the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington, Lewis made an impassioned plea to renew the fight for voting rights, stating, "I am not going to stand by and let the Supreme Court take the right to vote away from us. ...We must say to the Congress, ‘Fix the Voting Rights Act.’" Watch:



LEWIS: I am not going to stand by and let the Supreme Court take the right to vote away from us. You cannot stand by. You cannot sit down. You've got have to stand up, speak up, speak out and get in the way. Make some noise. The vote is precious. It is almost sacred. It is the most powerful non-violent tool we have in a democratic society and we’ve got to use it. Back in 1963 we hadn't heard of the Internet, we didn’t have a cellular telephone, iPad, iPod, but we used what we had to bring about a non-violent revolution. And I said to all of the young people, you must get out there and push and pull and make America what America should be for all of us. We must say to the Congress, ‘Fix the Voting Rights Act.’

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