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Press Release - The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

Updated 2/26 -- Supreme Court Rally to Protect Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act
Voters, Activists, Members of Congress, and Civil Rights Leaders to Stand Up to Protect Real Voters from Discrimination

For Immediate Release
Contact: Scott Simpson, 202.466.2061, simpson@civilrights.org
February 26, 2013

Updated February 26th

(Washington, D.C.) On Wednesday, February 27, individuals, organizations, and institutions committed to protecting the rights of all voters will rally at the U.S. Supreme Court. The rally is scheduled for the day of oral argument in Shelby County v. Holder, a case challenging Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act (VRA).

The rally will be emceed by SiriusXM radio host Joe Madison and speakers will include Benjamin Jealous and Roslyn Brock of the NAACP, Chief Warhorse of the Tchufuncta Nation, Janet Murguia of the National Council of La Raza, Reverend Al Sharpton, Alabama State Senator Hank Sanders, Nina Perales of MALDEF, Dr. Charles Steele of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Mee Moua of the Asian American Justice Center, and many more. 

Impacted voters whose rights were protected by Section 5 will also be on hand for interviews. More information is available at www.ProtectTheVRA.org.

Quote from Wade Henderson, President and CEO, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights:
“This rally reinforces to the Court that the Voting Rights Act protects real voters from discrimination, from Alabama to Alaska. Legal precedent is already on our side and this rally demonstrates that the American people are on our side as well. We encourage all people who cherish the right to vote to join us on the steps of the Supreme Court on February 27.”

RALLY DETAILS:
WHERE:         RALLY STEPS OF THE U.S. SUPREME COURT
WHEN:           WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 27 -- 9:00 AM TO 1:00 PM / HEIGHT OF RALLY AFTER 11:00 AM

RELATED PRESS EVENTS ON FEBRUARY 27:
CONGRESSIONAL PRESS CONFERENCE ON COURT STEPS – 8:30 AM TO 9:00 AM
[Contact: Femi Kirby - Ayofemi.Kirby@mail.house.gov – 202.226.6715]

POST-ARGUMENT CALL WITH NAACP LDF, ACLU, AND LAWYERS’ COMMITTEE– 1:30 PM TO 2:30 PM
[Contacts: Valerie Holford, ValerieHolford@starpower.net ; Stacie Royster, SRoyster@lawyerscommittee.org; Vesna Jaksic – VJaksic@ACLU.org]

RICHMOND, VA COURTHOUSE PRESS EVENT WITH FREEDOM RIDERS FOR VOTING RIGHTS – 4:00 PM
[http://www.todaynvr.com – Contact: Cheryl Cole – 901.458.9737 – chercole2004@gmail.com]

POST-ARGUMENT ANALYSIS BLOG WITH LEGAL EXPERTS AND ALLIANCE FOR JUSTICE – 5:30 pm
[Web Address: http://afjjusticewatch.blogspot.com/search/label/VRAanalysis]

RALLY SPONSORS:  

A.Philip Randolph Institute
AAPD
Advancement Project
African American Ministers in Action
AFSCME
Alliance for Justice
American Federation of Teachers
Asian American Justice Center
The Asian American Legal Defense & Education Fund
Black Leadership Forum
Black Youth Vote!
Brennan Center for Justice
Bridge Crossing Jubilee
Center for Community Change
Common Cause
Conference of National Black Churches
Congressional Black Caucus Foundation
Generational Alliance
Hip Hop Caucus
IMPACT
Labor Council for Latin American Advancement
LatinoJustice PRLDEF
Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
League of Women Voters
LULAC
MALDEF
NAACP
NAACP National Voter Fund
NAFEO
NALEO Educational Fund
National Action Network
National Association of Social Workers
National Black Law Students Association
National Coalition on Black Civic Participation
National Congress of American Indians
National Council of Jewish Women
National Council of La Raza
National Council of Negro Women
National Council on Independent Living
National Urban League
National Voting Rights Museum and Institute
The Ordinary People’s Society
People for the American Way
Planned Parenthood Federation of America
Planned Parenthood of Metro Washington
Progressive National Baptist Convention
Rainbow PUSH
Rock the Vote
Save Ourselves Summit
SCLC
SEIU
SEIU 1199
Shelby County Community
Simply United Together
Southern Poverty Law Center
Trinity United Church of Christ
United Auto Workers
United Farm Workers

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