Advancement Project Supports Students, Faith Leaders In Civil Disobedience In North Carolina

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 29, 2013

Contact:          Jennifer Farmer, (614) 596-0432, jfarmer@advancementproject.org

ADVANCEMENT PROJECT SUPPORTS STUDENTS, FAITH LEADERS IN CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE AT NORTH CAROLINA GENERAL ASSEMBLY 

A Statement from Advancement Project

In response to the nonviolent direct actions planned at the North Carolina General Assembly today, about the package of voter suppression bills that state lawmakers are pursuing, Advancement Project Co-Director Penda D. Hair issued the following statement.

The extreme ideology coming from the North Carolina legislature, with its attacks on the poor and working people, is alarming enough. Even more shameful is that the lawmakers who have taken control of the House and Senate are now trying to rig the rules, and disenfranchise certain voters, in order to remain in power far after this legislative session. From requiring strict photo ID, to banning same-day registration and Sunday voting, to taxing the parents of students who vote at their college address – these measures have all been carefully crafted to make it harder to vote for people of color, students, seniors and the working poor.

The ballot box is supposed to be the one place where every citizen – rich or poor, young or old, and of every race – has an equal voice. We join North Carolina in fighting these attacks with every legal strategy and organizing tool at our disposal, to make sure that all citizens can vote in elections that are free, fair and accessible.

 

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