Voting Rights

Opening Remarks at Public Forum on Restoring and Expanding the Voting Rights Act - Greg Coleridge, 9-28-2013

Opening Remarks at Public Forum on Restoring and Expanding the Voting Rights Act
Greg Coleridge
Saturday, September 28, 2013
Laborer’s International Union 310, Cleveland, Ohio
Welcome to this community forum on restoring and expanding the voting rights act.
The August 24 Washington, DC rally marking the 50th Anniversary of the historic1963 March for Jobs and Freedom featured literally dozens of speakers in front of the Lincoln Memorial. The themes of their reflections varied considerably.

Looking back at 1963 voting rights project in rural North Carolina

Eva Clayton

Eva Clayton

Eva Clayton, who served North Carolina's 1st district in the U.S. House of Representatives for more than a decade, initiated AFSC's 1963 Citizenship Education Project in Warren and Franklin counties. In September 2013, she spoke to her fellow project participants when they gathered to mark the project's 50th anniversary.

In the segregated South, in the summer of 1963, the first interracial group to live together in Warren County took up residence in a tiny, sweltering apartment over Brown's Superette and Grill. 

Fourteen college students and three adults among them, they had come to Warrenton after local residents approached the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) about starting a project to encourage voter registration and civic activism among the impoverished black majority population.

Civil rights still need protection

By striking down Section 4 of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, the Supreme Court threatens making second-class citizens of many, especially people of color. The Voting Rights Act has been crucial in giving the federal government the ability to keep discriminatory voting laws from going into effect. 

AFSC Iowa joins call to end voter suppression efforts

On January 3, 2013, over three dozen Iowans spoke at a public hearing in opposition to an attempt by Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz to suppress voter turnout in the name of fighting voter fraud. AFSC and other groups have signed on to a statement by the ACLU of Iowa calling on Secretary Shultz to withdraw the proposed rule changes.

Letter to DOJ on Photo ID, NH Chapter 284

Letter asking US Department of Justice to deny "pre-clearance" of NH law requiring voters to produce a photo ID.

AFSC Remembers Voting Rights Work in 1960’s Rural South

AFSC Active in Promoting Voting Rights in 1960’s Rural South

Fiftieth Anniversary Reunion Planned

by Judy Vaughan

6th Annual Historic Thousands on Jones St (HKonJ6)

Saturday, February 11, 2012 - 9:30am - 12:30pm

Join THOUSANDS who will be Marching for Justice.


Forward Together Not One Step Back:
We must stand for Freedom and defend Democracy
We will not be deafeated or divided
We shall pursue Liberty and Justice for all
We the People shall not be moved


If you believe, you need to MARCH WITH US, STAND WITH US and ORGANIZE WITH US!

Begin Assembling at Shaw University at 9:30. March begins at 10:30.

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