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of The National Coalition of Leaders to Save Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act
Tuesday called on Justice Antonin Scalia to recuse himself from Shelby County,
Alabama v. Attorney General Eric Holder, et al.
Leaders also announced a
Caravan for Voting Rights to take place on Friday, June 14th, which
will be led by Minister Louis Farrakhan and other state and national leaders.
Hank Sanders said, "The National Coalition of Leaders to Save Section 5 is
extremely concerned that Justice Antonin Scalia has discussed and will continue
to speak out about a case that is pending before the U.S. Supreme Court.
His actions are unacceptable. The prejudice he showed in his remarks during
oral argument before the Court on February 27th and his prejudicial
remarks since that time in California and elsewhere demand he recuse himself
and make it all the more important that we have a Caravan to Save Section 5 of
the Voting Rights Act on June 14th."
CEO Dr. Charles Steele said the Coalition is calling for Scalia to recuse
himself because he has been talking about the case and publicly arguing his
position while the Court is deliberating Shelby County v. Holder, which
is the Alabama case pending before the nation's highest Court and seeks to
strike down Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act.
oral argument before the Court in February, Scalia called voting rights "racial
entitlements." He reiterated that on April 15th in remarks at the
University of California Washington Center, where he compared racial minorities
to "child abusers" and said that child abusers could also be considered a
minority group. Scalia has repeatedly stated his opposition to Section 5
and openly argued that minority groups do not need voting rights protections –
all while the challenge to Section 5 is pending before the Court on which he
Mayor Johnny Ford said, "Section 5 is critical to the protection of voting
rights in the South and across our nation. With a Supreme Court Justice
improperly talking about the case while the challenge is before the Court, it
is more important than ever that we do all we can to fight this case and to
educate and involve the public and the media. That is why we are having
Minister Louis Farrakhan lead the Caravan for Voting Rights in Alabama on
Friday, June 14th. We in Macon County have had our voting
rights trampled on, we know firsthand that Section 5 is needed today as much as
ever because our voting rights are being denied right now."
Attorney Faya Rose Toure' said, "Section 5 is the heart of the Voting Rights
Act, and if the heart dies the rest of the body will die. We are
extremely grateful that Minister Farrakhan will lead this Caravan for Justice
on Friday, June 14th."
said the Caravan for Voting Rights will first be at the 16th Street
Baptist Church in Birmingham at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, June 14th.
Then at 10:30 a.m., the Caravan will be at the Courthouse in Columbiana in
Shelby County, where the case challenging the Voting Rights Act arose.
Next it will travel to Selma to join a rally that is beginning at noon and to cross
the Edmund Pettus Bridge at 12:30 p.m. The Caravan will end up in
Montgomery on the steps of the State Capitol at 4:00 p.m.
Alabama Democratic Conference Chair Dr. Joe Reed
said, "Without Section 5, the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and the 15th Amendment
to U.S. Constitution won't mean much at all. We must save Section 5."
organizations of the National Coalition of Leaders to Save Section 5 include
National SCLC (the Southern Christian Leadership Conference), SOS (Save
Ourselves Summit), the World Conference of Mayors, the International Black
Broadcasters Association, the National Voting Rights Museum, Bridge Crossing
Jubilee, Inc., the Slavery and Civil War Museum, the National Policy Institute,
Women of Will, the Alabama New South Coalition, the Alabama Democratic
Conference and the National Conference of Black Mayors.
INFORMATION SOURCE: The National Coalition of Leaders to Save Section 5
12 East Delano Avenue
Montgomery, AL 36105