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Resolutions & Amendments

37th International Convention - Chicago, IL (2006)

Support for Extension of the Voting Rights Act of 1965

Resolution No. 12
37th International Convention
August 7-11, 2006
Chicago, IL

Our nation's history provides many disturbing examples of rich and powerful citizens placing barriers of discrimination in the way of the poor and disenfranchised; and

The Voting Rights Act of 1965 was signed into law to address the voting rights of African-Americans, who were routinely subjected to "tests and devices" designed to deny them their vote; and

The National Commission on the Voting Rights Act issued a report in February of 2006, showing that discriminatory practices are highly prevalent in the 21st century, specifically:

The report concluded that "the evidence ... strongly suggests that the two major problems which have been the focus of the Act - restricted ballot access and minority vote dilution - continue in twenty-first century America;" and

Portions of this Act will expire in 2007, and will be eligible for renewal by the United States Congress; and

Esteemed participants in the National Commission include the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund; the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN); the Black Leadership Forum; the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation; the NAACP National Voter Fund; the National Asian Pacific American Legal Consortium; the National Congress of American Indians; the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition; Rock the Vote; and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

That AFSCME International and its affiliates supported this extension and commend all members of the United States Congress who voted accordingly.
SUBMITTED BY: Gerri Jackson, President and Delegate
AFSCME Local 2244, Council 88

Jeanette D. Wynn, President and Delegate
AFSCME Council 79
Jeanette H. Bartley, President and Delegate
AFSCME Local 1328, Council 79
T. Arthur Finley, President and Delegate
AFSCME Local 1279, Council 79