Beaver County Blue

Progressive Democrats of America – PA 12th CD Chapter

Defend Our Voting Rights!

Posted by carldavidson on July 10, 2012

BUSES FROM BEAVER TO HARRISBURG on July 24

By Tina Shannon

At time when we need to increase the number of people voting, our State legislature has passed a law that will turn voters away from the polls.

Although there are no cases of voter fraud in PA, the Republican controlled legislature is requiring a picture ID to vote. This is part of a nation-wide Republican strategy to reduce the vote in order to defeat Obama.

John Jordan from the Pennsylvania NAACP will be in Beaver County on July 11th to explain the Voter Suppression Law, along with details of the rally and petition for injunction. Please join us for this important public meeting.

Public Meeting
John Jordan

PA NAACP Director of Civic Engagement

July 11th at 7:00 PM

USW Local 8183

1445 Market St, Bridgewater

Sponsored by a coalition of labor, civil rights, and community organizations

In a recently speech Republican Representative Mike Turzai said: “Voter ID, which is gonna allow Governor Romney to win the state of Pennsylvania, done.”

According to the Philadelphia Inquirer: “More than 758,000 registered voters in Pennsylvania do not have photo identification cards from the state Transportation Department, putting their voting rights at risk in the November election, according to data released Tuesday by state election officials.”

The NAACP, ACLU & League of Women Voters have petitioned the Commonwealth Court for an injunction to stop implementation of the Voter ID Law. This will give their lawsuit time to make it to court to see if this law is constitutional. It would be a travesty to allow this law to decide the Presidential election only to later have it ruled invalid. 

A rally will be held at 1:00 PM on the steps of the Capitol in Harrisburg on July 24th, the day before the Court holds the hearing on the petition.

Many of you have attended protest rallies in the past. This rally is different. We are now moving into the phase of pre-emptive action. We will gather in Harrisburg to support this court action to protect our voting rights. The courts do not operate in a vacuum. A large crowd of angry voters gathered at the Capitol steps will have an impact on the political climate around their decision.

Although I get discouraged at times with the impact money and campaign financing is having on our democracy, this attempt to curtail voting lets me know that our participation still matters. Otherwise why would our opponents be so intent on limiting it?

Please join us on the bus to Harrisburg.

RALLY AT THE CAPITOL

TO DEFEND VOTING RIGHTS

BUSES FROM BEAVER TO HARRISBURG

JULY 24TH AT 6:00 AM

FROM THE IBEW HALL IN VANPORT

RETURN FROM HARRISBURG AT 3:00 PM

FEATURED SPEAKER

REVEREND AL SHARPTON

HOST OF MSNBC POLITICS NATION &

KEEPIN IT REAL RADIO

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One Response to “Defend Our Voting Rights!”

  1. Peter Deutsch said

    I attended this meeting and took what notes I could.
    A second bus was added to the roster during that very meeting, provided by one of the local participating unions. Likely that was SEIU or the appropriate corresponding Local.
    A sheet, actually a pad of yellow lined paper was made available there for sign up for the buses. I personally signed that. It was said that lunch will be provided for riders of the bus for the trip connecting Vanport to the July 24 rally in Harrisburg.
    It was said that the Voter ID bill was a deliberate and targeted attack on voting. A third descriptive adjective modifying the word attack like aggressive or concerted was also employed. However it was said that the attack itself was not well thought out.
    The discussion was in my opinion energetic, engaging, useful, important, and dignified.

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