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Commemorating “Bloody Sunday,” Eric Holder Challenges Supreme Court on Voting Rights Act

Vice President Joe Biden and Rep. John. Lewis join in the annual crossing of the Edmund Pettus Bridge today in Selma, Alabama. [Tweeted Sunday]

Vice President Joe Biden and Rep. John. Lewis join in the annual crossing of the Edmund Pettus Bridge today in Selma, Alabama. [Tweeted Sunday]

More than 5,000 people followed Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma’s annual Bridge Crossing Jubilee. The event commemorates the “Bloody Sunday” beating of voting rights marchers – including a young Lewis – by state troopers as they began a march to Montgomery in March 1965. The 50-mile march prompted Congress to pass the Voting Rights Act that struck down impediments to voting by African-Americans and ended all-white rule in the South. – Biden Leads Re-enactment of Voting Rights March

THE PHOTO was taken earlier on Sunday in Selma, Alabama, where V.P. Joe Biden, as well as Attorney General Eric Holder made remarks.

“For our nation’s Department of Justice, the fair and vigorous enforcement of this and other vital protections — and their defense against all Constitutional challenges — constitutes a top priority,” read Attorney General Eric Holder’s prepared remarks for a speech he was set to give at the Edmund Pettus Bridge Crossing Jubilee. “Let me be clear: although our nation has indeed changed, although the South is far different now, and although progress has indeed been made, we are not yet at the point where the most vital part of the Voting Rights Act can be deemed unnecessary. The struggle for voting rights for all Americans must continue — and it will.” – Sam Stein, Huffington Post

From the Associated Press:

Referring to the Voting Rights act, the Rev. Al Sharpton said: “We are not here for a commemoration. We are here for a continuation.”

The Supreme Court is weighing Shelby County’s challenge to a portion of the law that requires states with a history of racial discrimination, mostly in the Deep South, to get approval from the Justice Department before implementing any changes in election laws. That includes everything from new voting districts to voter ID laws.

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3 Responses to Commemorating “Bloody Sunday,” Eric Holder Challenges Supreme Court on Voting Rights Act

  1. newdealdem1 March 3, 2013 at 9:38 pm #

    Watching Congressman John Lewis crossing that bridge in Selma where he was beaten mercilessly almost 50 years ago, makes me feel stronger knowing that no matter how many forces are set against one, it’s not always fruitless and might doesn’t always make right in this country and that good people will not only survive they will thrive. Mr. Lewis is a true American hero and role model for us all. My respect and affection for this man are boundless. I only wish I had his courage.

    I was listening on cspan this evening to the Oral Arguments in the Supreme Court re/Voting Rights Act of 1965. I finally had a chance to listen to Scalia speak those words which prompted a collective shocked reaction in the audience and which prompted Rachel Maddow to refer to Scalia a Troll. Even though I agreed with her assessment (and I don’t always agree with Maddow of Scalia, I didn’t hear the audience reaction until listening to cspan.

    Also, both Kagan and Sotomayor interrupted Scalia several times and did not back down with their comments which were directed at him (as well as and the attorney for Selma during the arguments) with force and they mostly shut him up. It was a beautiful thing to behold.

    I’m holding out hope that Justice Kennedy will come to his senses and vote with the liberals so that this important and crucial act will not be struck down.

  2. Taylor Marsh March 3, 2013 at 9:50 pm #

    Rep. John Lewis is an American hero, no doubt about it.

    Lyle Deniston, who I linked to before, is the one to read on Kennedy.

  3. secularhumanizinevoluter March 4, 2013 at 11:30 am #

    Were I a betting human I would go with Kennedy siding with sanity. But I’m not.

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