DETROIT – The UAW released this statement after Tuesday’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Shelby County v. Holder:
“This was a major setback for America. The UAW has had a long and storied history of working on civil rights issues, and we are extremely disappointed that a conservative majority on the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a key provision of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
“This is the same court that has continued their assault on democracy with the detrimental decision of Citizens United; this same court is trying to undo affirmative action and other civil rights protections. The ruling has ended a much-needed law that has been central to the United States’ commitment to addressing and trying to end racial discrimination in voting, especially in the deep South.
“The court declared that the so-called ‘coverage formula” used to determine which states should be required to obtain preclearance for changes in voting laws was unconstitutional, but that Congress retains the authority to update the coverage formula.
“Last Saturday on June 22, we commemorated the historic Detroit freedom march where the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. first delivered his ‘I Have a Dream’ speech 50 years ago. We are not about to let Dr. King’s dream become a nightmare.
“Fortunately, this fight is not yet over, and we will continue to fight for the civil and human rights of all Americans. We must call on Congress to come together with bipartisan legislation to respond to this decision.”
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