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Video: President Lyndon Johnson - Speech on Voting Rights

December 15, 2011

This YouTube video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MxEauRq1WxQ) is part of President Johnson’s March 15, 1965, speech before Congress on Voting Rights. He begins by talking about the ‘dignity of man and the destiny of Democracy.’ The clip ends with him saying, “There is no Negro problem. There is no Southern problem. There is no Northern problem. There is only an American problem.”

NAACP warns black and Hispanic Americans could lose right to vote...petitions UN over 'massive voter suppression'

December 6, 2011

From The Guardian, by Ed Pilkington

NAACP warns black and Hispanic Americans could lose right to vote

Civil rights group petitions UN over 'massive voter suppression' after apparent effort to disenfranchise black and Hispanic people

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/dec/05/civil-rights-naacp-voter-war...

NAACP report; Defending Democracy: Confronting Modern Barriers to Voting Rights in America,

December 5, 2011

Press release includes:

On December 5, 2011, the NAACP released a new report revealing direct connections between the trend of increasing, unprecedented African American and Latino voter turnout and an onslaught of restrictive measures across the country designed to stem electoral strength among communities of color.

TN: Nashville homeless man says he got voter ID runaround

December 1, 2011

Nashville homeless man says he got voter ID runaround

http://blogs.tennessean.com/politics/2011/nashville-homeless-man-says-he-got-voter-id-runaround/

 

Al Star, a Nashville homeless man, says he got the runaround from the Department of Safety when he attempted a few days before Thanksgiving to apply for a free state identification to vote,

 

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