Issues on the Section 5 Voting Rights Act toook to the steps of the Supreme Court today Feb. 27th, 2013. A small rally was supported by 64 individual rally sponsors. The National League of Women Voters and NAACP were a few of the represented organizations that had speakers to address the outcome of the case at hand. Al Sharpton and Martin Luther King Jr. III both gave direct comments on how the right's of voters are being effected around the country. While the decesion was being opened by the panel of Justices, a Congressional Press conference on the steps began with Nancy Pelosi addressing the public.
The case Shelby County vs. US Attorney General Eric Holder offers the debate of ending the Section 5 of the Voting Rights Acts. The case was filed in July of 2012 after a May 18th rejection in the lower court of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. The original petittion for a writ of certori was filed during the election of President Barrack Obama and Mitt Romney. Formulation of the suit continued to gain attention from several Civil Rights groups the following month. Over 50 briefs were filed through in the arguement to continue the Voting Rights Act, each by a diferent Civil Right's organization. Soon the issue to seek freedoms became associated to racial and gender equality. The want for freedom was shared today as Al Sharpton discussed the panel's split decesion.
The question raised on the issue is this, as it is written in the Supreme Court's format:
" Whether Congress' decesion in 2006 to reauthorize Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act under the pre-existing coverage of Section 4(b) of the Voting Rights Act exceeds it's authority under the Fifteenth Amendment and thus violated the Tenth Amendmend and article IV of the United States Constitution."
Al Sharpton told the people and the media in his speach about how much better our civil right's issue has made our country. " It is females (who) make it better", Rev. Sharpton spoke. His commentes were focused on the arguement that he and Martin Luther King III had the privillage to hear inside of the court room this afternnon. The three females Justices on the Supreme Court aided a softer side which agreed more with the leader's need to win for concern of our legal freedoms to allow everyone the same right to vote without discrimination.
Most appauling was the direct rejection of free idealism when the Rev. also told the public that Justice Scalia had stated that this issue was a " Propensity of Racial Entitlement." Al Sharpton told the public that," we are here to stop Racial entitlement." He encouraged the contiuation of freedom of rights amoung the community as he stated," We willl not take from us what our grandparents fought for us." As this year marks the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington, and the 1963 Voting Rights Act, it is generation behind us that enabled efforts of today to be available to be brought peacefully into the public attention as it did today.
While Martin Luther King III appraoched th podium the crowd cheered. The signs of the NAACP were being held high and the reporters present continued filming. The hope shared onto those who listened was to fight a good fight and make good change. King III stated," We have to march some more, tweet, facebook, and even use LinkedIN..." While the comments were an unexpected refference into the technologial age we live in, the crowd agreed and let out a cheer. King III contiued to explain that like his father had made the point in his spoken philosphies," Our destiny is tied together..." and' " we understand what our mission is, the work is not over." He also announced several other events which are being planned for later this year to include the celebration in August, and the anniversary of his father's death being honored in Memphis in April.
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