This year alone, 30 state legislatures have introduced bills intended to make it harder for Americans to exercise their rights to vote. “This effort is coordinated and targeted, and it is a throwback to a time that no one in our nation will want to revisit,” says Ben Jealous, President and CEO of the legendary National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).
Jealous was referring to the days after slavery ended in the United States and Whites eager to regain political power enacted laws stating the no “person” could vote unless their “grandfather” had voted - - which effectively cut of the newly freed Blacks and their children whose forefathers could not vote because they were human property. (Women did not have universal suffrage.)
On December 10th, United Nations Human Rights Day, progressive groups will hold a series of rallies and events all over the country. In New York City, they will march from the office of the Koch brothers, the right-wing funders of many of the anti-voting rights measures, to a rally at the United Nations Building.
The NAACP is also gathering signatures to combat the proposed new laws that can affect the presidential election in 2012 and beyond.