Saturday, June 29, 2013

News from Garland TX NAACP

In less than 24 hours after the Supreme Court's egregious ruling on Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott started implementing a strict new voter ID law in our state.

And he's pushing through the patently discriminatory Texas redistricting plan, too.

It's time to be vocal. Let Attorney General Abbott know what you think of his plans to disenfranchise Texas voters by sending him one (or all) of these tweets:

@GregAbbott_TX Stop your blatant attempts to discriminate at the polls. #ThisIsMyVote and I won't give it up.

We should be making it easier to vote in Texas, not harder. @GregAbbott_TX #ThisIsMyVote

@GregAbbott_TX The voter ID law puts "strict, unforgiving burdens on the poor," as Bull Connor did 50 years ago. #ThisIsMyVote

A clear direction has been set by Attorney General Abbott's office:

A federal court originally struck down the Texas voter ID law because it would hurt turnout among minority voters and impose "strict, unforgiving burdens on the poor."

And the redistricting plan? According to a separate federal court, there was "more evidence of discriminatory intent [in the plan] than we have space, or need, to address."

We have a choice in Texas, Texas Youth & College. We either sit idly by while Attorney General Abbott destroys voting rights for communities of color and the poor, or we start fighting back against him right now.

Tweet @GregAbbott_TX and tell him to stop his assault on voting rights:

"In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends." 
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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