Leaders Rally for Voting Rights for Today

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  • Sherrilyn Ifill
  • Lorraine Miller
  • Earl Cunningham
  • Steve Cohen
  • Francys Johnson
  • James Clyburn
  • Bobby Scott
  • Janaye Ingram
  • Nicole Austin-Hillery
  • Wade Henderson
  • Voting Rights Amendment Act Rally
  • Steny Hoyer
  • Nancy Pelosi

Earl Cunningham

Former Shelby County commissioner Earl Cunningham said voting rights opponents are not fighting by the usual rules. Any time public-policy changes were proposed, he said, "we had a public hearing. If Earl Cunningham had too many beer coolers in his yard, a public hearing. If we're going to move a stop sign, a public hearing. If Earl Cunningham played his boom box too high, a noise and public nuisance disorder, a public hearing. But with this, the most important civil rights act in 50 years, [they go straight to a court challenge]. The fight goes on, the  struggle continues. It might not be as brutal as it once was, but it still continues."

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