Workers Rally to Strengthen Voting Rights Act

More than 1,000 people approached Congress and demanded lawmakers to restore and strengthen the Voting Rights Act. Participants in the Voting Right lobby included union leaders, civil rights leaders and sympathetic lawmakers.

It was expressed that “without the right to vote, other rights—including workers’ rights—are meaningless.”

Larry Cohen, the former president of the Communications Workers of America, was one of the speakers at the rally.

“We will continue to work, we will continue to fight, we will to march until we have justice, the right to vote and democracy in our country” Cohen said. “We care about workers’ rights, which are in a shambles and are a disgrace, but we can’t win these fights if 30 million can’t vote.”

The possibility to wait until 2017 to 2018 to pass the legislation is not an option. Several speakers warned that if “solons did not act now, marchers would be back, with sit-ins and risking arrest.”

Such possible actions would be similar to the “original civil rights marchers crusaded, sat in and were arrested 50 or more years ago.”

Source: PAI