In June of 2013, the Supreme Court ruled that states no longer can be judged by the voting discrimination that went on decades ago, a decision that argues the Country has fundamentally changed since the racially motivated laws of the civil rights era. What had make this Act viable and strong was struck down and discarded.
From the beginning of the 2018 primaries for the midterm elections until today, the media has been reporting widespread voter suppression, and in approximately half the States, it is now harder for brown and poor people to vote and absolutely impossible for individuals with felony convictions.
According to the U.S. Department of Justice, the Voting Rights Act was considered to have been the most effective piece of federal civil rights legislation ever enacted in the
Before and during the Civil Rights Movement, people died for African Americans to have the right to vote.
The Christian holiday, All Saints Day, is dedicated to a conviction that there is a spiritual connection between those in Heaven and those of us on Earth. This day honors all who have passed on to the Kingdom of Heaven. It is a holiday when thanks is given to God for the lives and the deaths of His saints. This Church honors St. Elizabeth, the mother of the prophet, John the Baptist, who prepared the way before Jesus. We also honor our friends, our siblings and our parents who we love and who loved us and were instrumental in the development of our faith in God and in ourselves. We reach out to connect with and to honor those who, though pushed out of white congregations throughout the City of Elizabeth, let faith guide their way, and, with their bare hands, built St. Augustine’s. Now, their stories and their sacrifices guide and strengthen us as we hold on dearly to St. Elizabeth’s.
But in these very difficult times, we must hold on to everything dearly, and because of the beliefs we learned from all of those who have passed on and the faith generated through those very beliefs, we know there is something bigger; somethings to which we must connect, somethings for which we must fight. My friends, it is our very freedom; freedom to worship God the way we want; freedom to love whom we want; freedom to live where we want; freedom to go to school, to live our dreams, freedom to vote. We can do these things and we do them to honor all those who were strong and sacrificed all so we can have these freedoms.
It behooves us all, in fact, it is our sacred duty to honor those who lived and died for something bigger than themselves, not for their sake, but for the sake of our children. It is a simple but sacred act of our continuing faith.
On November 6, 2018, VOTE as if your life and the lives of your children depend on it. They do! You have the right to vote now, but if you don’t, you will surely loose this right.