Black Leaders React to Supreme Blow to Voting Rights Act

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  • Rev. Al Sharpton, National Action Network
  • Wade Henderson, Conference on Civil and Human Rights
  • Ben Jealous, NAACP
  • Sherrilyn Ifill, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund
  • Barbara Arnwine, Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
  • Judith Browne Dianis, The Advancement Project
  • Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas)
  • Sen. William "Mo" Cowan (D-Massachusetts)
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  • President Obama
  • Attorney General Eric Holder
  • Marc Morial, National Urban League
  • Julian Bond, NAACP Chairman Emeritus

Ben Jealous, NAACP

“This decision is outrageous. The court’s majority put politics over decades of precedent and the rights of voters. Congress must resurrect its bipartisan efforts from 2006 to ensure that the federal government has the power to preemptively strike racially discriminatory voting laws. Without that power, we are more vulnerable to the flood of attacks we have seen in recent years.” 


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