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As we celebrated the 50th anniversary of the historic March on Washington last week, we were reminded of an important fact -- our fight for environmental justice is interconnected with the struggle for civil rights.
And right now, one of our most important civil liberties -- the right to vote -- is in danger.
The Supreme Court recently issued a decision that guts a key piece of the Voting Rights Act and gives states free reign to pass discriminatory election laws that could suppress the vote of countless Americans.
This doesn’t just put voting rights in danger; it also puts our environment at risk. Our elections need to be as fair and accessible as possible so all of us can vote for candidates who will protect our air, water and public lands.
Do you remember last year when states tried to pass election laws that would have disenfranchised a huge number of American citizens, including students, the elderly, minorities, and low-income voters?
Across the country Tea Party-backed, Koch-fueled governors tried to deny American citizens the right to vote. They tried to pass laws that limited when you could vote, what you needed to bring to vote, and even who could register people to vote. But because of the Voting Rights Act, the Department of Justice had the power to review those unfair laws and stop them in their tracks.
Now the Supreme Court decision has taken that power of pre-approval away from the federal government. And states like Texas and North Carolina have already jumped on the opportunity to implement Voter ID laws that will make it difficult for many people to vote in future elections.
Luckily, Attorney General Holder has the power to use the remaining parts of the Voting Rights Act to sue these states -- and he has already announced plans to do so in Texas.
But if we want to protect voting rights for all Americans, we need Attorney General Holder to promise he will challenge any state that tries to pass one of these dangerous laws. And he’ll only do that if we can show that there is a huge amount of support for protecting the right to vote.
Will you help us reach 50,000 signatures on our petition urging Attorney General Holder to challenge unfair election laws and protect our right to vote? Add your name here >>
Barbara, since issues like the quality of our air and water affect everyone, we know that the more people vote, the more environmental victories we win.
So we have to speak up now if we want to enlist Attorney General Holder’s help to protect voting rights in 2013, 2014, and beyond. Add your name to our petition today to make sure we get Attorney General Holder’s attention now.