Wish I could be in Alabama for this event, but unfortunately I can’t.
A voting rights march from Selma, AL to Montgomery is being held starting today and running for several days to not only commemorate the upcoming 47th anniversary of Bloody Sunday (March 7, 1965) , but protest the Republifool attacks on the voting rights of African-Americans and others in the run-up to the 2012 presidential elections.
The 50 mile march from Selma to Montgomery helped galvanize support for the passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act after the nation and the world watched as the first march was halted by police wielding billy clubs and firing tear gas into the crowd after they crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge.
It’s also why Rev Al Sharpton and several congressmembers led by Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) are retracing the historic 1965 marchfrom today until March 9 along US 80 to draw attention to the GOP Block the vote efforts Rev. Al will also be doing his MSNBC PoliticsNation show from the road as well.
For those of you who can be a part of it, i urge you to do so, even if it’s only for a day or at the rallies in Selma or Montgomery. Alabama is one of the GOP controlled states that are pimping voter ID laws designed to disenfranchise voters and draconian SB 1070 style anti-immigration laws.
And frankly people, our democracy is at stake because the basic bedrock principles of it are under attack by a conservafool movement that wants to repeal the 20th century.
That’s how critical this November 6 election is, andI don’t want to hear any excuses from anybody sharing my ancestry or who is a member of a marginalized community as to why they can’t or won’t vote. You have time to register to vote and need to do so immediately.
As I have said more than a few times on this blog in terms of our trans human rights push, while we have had a decades long struggle in many cases to get trans human rights coverage enacted, passing the laws is the easy part. The hard part is staying vigilant against the Forces of Intolerance and defending what you paid for in effort, sweat and in some cases blood to enact.
And when it comes to the 1965 Voting Rights Act, it is under attack from the 1% who only want people like them voting, electing politicians that look like them, and enacting policies that benefit them.
They ain’t happy that the hands that once picked cotton are now picking presidents.
As Dr. King said, “Now is not the time to to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy.”
And one of those promises of democracy is enshrined in the basic act of voting.