Target: The United States Supreme Court
Goal: Show the Supreme Court know that their decision to gut the Voting Rights Act was wrong and that it won’t be accepted by the American citizens
On the morning on June 25th, 2013, the United States Supreme Court made a landmark decision to completely strike down a key part of the Voting Rights Act. This act was put into place in 1965 to ensure that all citizens, more specifically minorities, had the equal right to vote. The Court had been making a decision on whether or not it should keep the part of the legislation that requires certain states to get federal permission before changing their voting laws. Now, it has ruled that nine states – with a history of discrimination at the polls who prior to this had to get permission to change their voting laws – can do so freely. This not only provides the opportunity for these states to make unfair voting laws, but it takes away the protection that minorities have when they go to the polls. This discrimination and unjust ruling is not acceptable, and the Court must know that we won’t tolerate it.
In 1965, President Johnson signed the act to protect the rights of all voters from the discriminatory practices of 9 states, 12 cities, and 57 counties, most of them in the South. For the most part, minorities have been completely protected by this piece of legislation. It has been renewed four times since being enacted. Now, the U.S. Supreme Court has completely struck down a key part of the act that requires those states to get federal permission before changing voting laws. The act has been invoked often since being enacted 48 years ago, and in all cases it has done its job by blocking attempts at discrimination at the polls. Because of the decision by the Court, minorities will not be protected and all citizens may not have the same right to vote.
This decision by the Supreme Court is not only wrong, but it proves to be a huge setback for us as a nation that has come so far in the fight for civil rights. Sign this petition to show the Court that the citizens of the United States do not support and will not accept this decision.
Dear Supreme Court Justices,
Since being signed by President Johnson in 1965, the Voting Rights Act has ensured that all Americans have the right to vote regardless of race or other factors. It has required states to get federal permission before they change voting laws, and thanks to this legislation, minorities have been able to vote when the discriminatory lawmakers of their state have tried to block them from it. This key part of the act was a huge step forward for us as a nation during the time in which it was enacted, and because of the decision you have made that strikes it down, you’re standing in the way of the progress set forth by civil rights activists 48 years ago.
I signing this petition today to let you know that the American citizens won’t accept your decision, and we will fight to ensure that all people have the right to vote. Your decision has furthered promoted discrimination and has gone against what this country is all about.
[Your Name Here]
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