Tag: Voting Rights

Honoring 56 Years of the Voting Rights Act

Today marks the 56th anniversary of the signing of the Voting Rights Act, one of the most sweeping pieces of civil rights legislation in U.S. history. This ground-breaking measure was signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1965 after the courageous efforts of Civil Rights leaders who marched, fought, and bled for the movement everywhere from Washington, D.C. to Selma, Alabama. The Voting Rights Act was designed to knock down legal barriers at state and local levels that prevented African Americans from exercising their right to vote. These barriers may seem like a distant past, but the truth ... Read more

Statement of UAW President Rory L. Gamble on Efforts To Restrict Voting Access in Michigan

Detroit – “As a nation we have a bloody history when it comes to efforts to circumvent the right to vote. In my own lifetime, I have watched activists and disenfranchised southern minority voters risk their lives for these rights in Selma, Birmingham, Mississippi and throughout our nation. The right to vote is a fundamentally protected right, and yet women suffragists had to fight for those rights; minorities had to fight Jim Crow laws geared at cruel political games meant to suppress those rights. And here we are today, with a radical Republican Legislative faction that has a goal to ... Read more