Monday, December 10, 2012

Letter of Concer-Section 5 VRA

Senator Dick Durbin,


Section 5 of The Voter’s Rights Act should not be lifted, for it has served a supreme purpose and needs to be maintained.  It is not a question of whether or not the 16 states with a history of racial discrimination, especially concerning voting, are beyond those years of discrimination.  It is a question of do we truly, as a nation and as rational people, believe that racism is fully behind us?  I do not believe so. 

                It may be sad to think that as a nation we still need to have our hand held on issues such as discrimination, especially based on race, but we do.  With the many incidents of prejudice against Hispanic aliens and even citizens it is not farfetched to believe that some states may discriminate in voting registration and voting acts.  Also, in the past few years children are still dying due to racial profiling; if children are still being racially profiled then people attempting to vote can surely be racially profiled especially in an effort to influence a state’s outcome.

                There have already been significant steps in eliminating the minority vote.  For example, Florida and the disenfranchisement of ex-felons; ex-felons could possibly be headed into a trap of voter’s fraud.  Tampa Florida for instance is a place where people desperately need a voice in government. Twenty-six percent of the population is black, and nearly one in five city residents lives below the poverty line. A July report from the Sentencing Project shows that Florida has the distinction of being the felony disenfranchisement capital of the nation, with more than a million of its citizens struck from the rolls. Nearly a quarter of all African-Americans of voting age in Florida are affected by the felon laws, as are one in thirteen black adults nationally. Nearly 8 percent of African-American adults are disenfranchised, as opposed to less than 2 percent of the non-African-American population.  Do we as a nation really think that discrimination is behind us, or is it under our feet and over our heads?


Section 5-Voter's Rights Act Should Not Be Removed

Due to time constraint we will not be able to show the film "Crash". I am sorry for the misguidance. Instead we have chosen to contact our Illinois democratic senator, Dick Durbin. 

Three days after the election this year the Supreme Court agreed to hear a conservative challenge for the constitutionality of Section 5 of the 1964 Voter's Rights Act. This is absurd!
There is no way that a nation that disguise and institutionalize racism and discrimination should stop reviewing states that are historically discriminatory.  Here is the letter, and I hope he responds. 

Monday, December 3, 2012

Prevention! **Viewing of "Crash" coming soon!

As racism is as difficult to eliminate as fear in the human race, prevention is ever necessary. Continued education of youths is forever primary, though since WWII, these declarations and conventions have been created to combat racism...

* Convention of the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide - 1948 Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide
* Declaration on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination - 1963
* International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination - 1965
* 21 March designated International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination - 1966
* International Convention on the Suppression and Punishment of the Crime of Apartheid - 1973 Apartheid.
* First Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination 1973-1982
* First World Conference to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination, Geneva 1978
* Second World Conference to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination, also in Geneva 1983
* Second Decade for Action to Combat Racial Discrimination l983-l992
* Third Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination 1994-2003
* World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance 2001

Artists Against Racism was founded not just because it was a 'cool way' to reach out to youth; it exists because the problem is not diminishing in our society, but becoming more hideous in different forms. To remain silent is to remain part of the problem, not part of the solution. We aim to be part of the solution, worldwide. We are all one people. Let's start to care.

Farewell, and so long..but we must move on.

Sorry to announce one of our partners will no longer be with us..a moment of silence..
Back to business!

In an effort to raise awareness of racial tension still prevalent in the United States, we will be having a viewing of the award winning film "Crash"!

The movie scheduling will be released within the next day.  Stay tuned!