We're sorry, Medgar Evers, James Reeb, Jimmy Jackson, James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, Michael Schwerner, Vernon Dahmer, Herbert Lee, George Lee, Lamar Smith, Addie Mae Collins, Denise McNair, Carole Robertson, Cynthia Wesley, Louis Allen, Oneal Moore, Viola Liuzzo, Jonathan Daniels and Lemuel Penn. The SCOTUS owes you all an apology for undoing important safeguards to the legislation you died for, directly or indirectly. Some of us will never forget.

Try telling the surviving family members that the voting problem has been fixed in the states where their loved ones died, and federal oversight is no longer necessary

Note: The names are of those killed because they were associated with people or places where voting rights activities were happening or being planned, before passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. But, there could be many more who deserve to be listed. 

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Edmund Pettus Bridge, Selma, Alabama, just before the tear gas and beatings, Bloody Sunday, March 7, 1965.

 


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07/01/2013 12:55

This was such a shocking decision. But, as many people have said, this will not be the last we have heard of this issue. With Texas immediately saying they will require ID cards it seems there will be plenty of opportunities for further court cases.

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paula
07/11/2013 10:09

Pat---Thanks for your comment. I agree, no one is going to roll over and play dead on this issue. States that ram ID cards down the throats of their electorate are in for some serious resistance. This time, it will be up to a new crop of young people to stand up for those whose rights have been hijacked, and I expect those young people will have attitudes quite different from those of us who participated in non-violent protest and confrontation during the 1960s. Good luck, Texas.

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07/11/2013 08:38

Denny is fond of saying, "We live in primitive times." This decision is a symptom of the malady.

And our home in Texas is right in the middle of it, with legislation to add requirements for voting AND to limit women's reproductive rights. Evidence of lack of logical thinking skills. So is that a failure of Texas education or a by-product of the religious culture?

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paula
07/11/2013 10:05

You might say the fault falls on both camps, which I see as inter-related. When a state insists that science textbooks teach creationism and history texts leave out the injustices that led to the civil rights movement, you have a recipe for raising a very poorly informed bunch of young people. Do you think there's a reason why Texas consistently is at the bottom of the heap in national achievement test scores? The religious right insists on keeping kids in the dark about evolution and the prehistoric world, keeping women in a state of pregnancy or celibacy, and keeping minorities in their place, period. Good luck, Texas.

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