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E-M:/ A message from Rev. Jesse Jackson
- Subject: E-M:/ A message from Rev. Jesse Jackson
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- Date: Tue, 14 Dec 2004 00:10:22 -0500
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You remember Rev. Jesse Jackson....if memory serves me
correctly, he even won a presidential primary in Michigan in the past.
Today, Rev. Jackson has a message for you as a citizen.
I ask you to take this message to heart, as a clean environment
depends on civil liberties, clean elections and a well-defended
democracy. It is possible that corrupt officials in the United
States are far more of a threat to this country and its democracy
than any external enemy or other external threat. ....and it is
defense against this internal threat that is most important right now.
Will Americans be any less demanding of electoral justice than
Read Rev. Jackson's message and also watch the video at
Also, Michigan Congressman-environmentalist John Conyers, Jr.
is leading the charge on this as a senior member of the House
Judiciary Committee. Let's tell him to keep up the great work!!
Keep up with events at http://fairnessbybeckerman.blogspot.com/
Please take Rev. Jackson's word to heart.
From Selma to Palm Beach to Columbus
by Jesse Jackson
From Selma to Palm Beach to Columbus
Today as we gather the worth of the America?s vote and the credibility of
our democracy is being weighed in the balance. Why is the election in Ohio
certified 34 days after the election? Why was there such a large exit poll
gap in Florida, Pennsylvania and Ohio? Why are the parallels between Ohio
and Florida ? pre-election problems, Election Day irregularities and
post-election counting ? so consistent?
We must not adjust to tyranny and gloat that imperfection in voting
irregularities and suppression tactics are reasonable expectations. They
are not. Too many world changing events have hinged on one vote for us to
be cavalier when thousands are systematically disenfranchised.
I am here today to make a moral appeal for a thorough investigation ?
including forensic computer analysis of the machines ? in Ohio. To recount
the vote in the face of so many irregularities and inconsistencies. And for
those in charge to recluse themselves inasmuch as the judge or the referee
in a battle must have a detached objectivity with the appearance of
fairness. We must further change the law.
This system of a 50 state, separate and unequal elections must give way to
the fulfillment of the America promise, which requires an amendment to the
Constitutional affirming the individual right to vote, federally protected,
and an even playing field for all Americans. The Electoral College should
be abolished; it should not have the power to defy the popular will.
I am here today to speak up for those who we asked to stand in line for
hours to vote, in precincts with incomplete poll lists, facing out-of-state
shyster lawyers armed with caging lists, with non-auditable, privately
owned voting machines without paper trails, hemmed in by arbitrary rules
issued by partisan, biased and ambitious election officials.
I am here today to speak up for the poor, for too long denied the right to
vote. For women who?s right to vote was extended in the 1920?s, for whites
who could not pay poll taxes, and Latinos who are English language
challenged. For African Americans, this has been a 346 year journey, a long
road of bloody battles, denials, unjust laws, lynchings, work without
wages, and through it all, served honorably in our nation?s military to
create and defend democracy around the world. This right has been too slow
coming, survived by too much violence, for our leadership to be so cavalier
and with a shrug of a shoulder, to let it go.
In Ohio I stood in the rain for 2 hours, for 4 hours, for 8 hours, just to
cast a vote that might or might not be counted. Some were told they were in
the wrong line, sometimes with more than one precinct in the room, told to
go to the back of the line, in ?line 2.? For the poor, illiterate, the old
and sick, this was classic voter suppression.
I am here today to speak up for Latinos in Nevada, who were falsely
registered to vote by thugs who then tore up their voter registration
forms, throwing them in the trash. I am here today to speak up for Native
Americans, who continue to be mistreated and ripped off by powerful public
officials in so many states, who ask only to be allowed to go cast their
votes in a land that was taken from them by force.
We must not betray dreams of those that paid such a high price by silence,
impatience or surrender. I am here today to speak up for students and young
people, who turned out in force despite county officials who often tried to
deter and deny them polling places on campus.
Therefore, a legal complaint should be filed asserting a violation of
Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act - that the voting procedures in Ohio
resulted in disparate impact on minority voters.
Far too many are being far too silent and passive in the face of this
challenge to democracy. The Attorney General is charged with enforcement of
the Voting Rights Act, and must use the resources of its office to enforce
the equal protection provisions. Silence is betrayal.
For the tremendous legislative work lead by Lyndon Johnson in 1965, for the
awesome leadership of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., for the blood of
Goodwin, Schwerner and Cheney, Viola Luiza, Medgar Evers, and the wreaking
pain and humiliation endured by Fannie Lou Hamer, I continue to urge the
Kerry campaign, the DNC and Democratic Party, those who depend upon the
vote of African Americans, Latinos, people of color and the young ? those
that profess to love freedom and dignity of any party ? to join us. I urge
the Congress to act before Michael Moore comes back and exposes the
violations and the capitulation again.
Why 34 days before certification of Ohio?s vote, yet we keep hearing a
clean election without problems?
The Black vote was the object of so much tyranny up to 1965 and so many
maneuvering schemes of gerrymandering, annexation, at-large voting, roll
purging and voter intimidation through the 1990s. The black vote, which is
so instrumental when our vote is counted, was again targeted in several
ways. The impact of that targeting affects us all: 1) the longest lines; 2)
the most spoilage and discounted votes; 3) the most eliminated provisional
votes; 4) the most inconvenienced; 5) the most victimized by precinct
Ohio, 34 days. Suppose five states had to wait 34 days for certification of
their elections. And they could be if people had the will to contest it.
Suppose the Ukraine or South Africa or Iraq had to wait 34 days before
Why 92,000 ?unprocessed? ballots, mostly among the poor, under-counts and
over-counts, often a result of a breakdown in machinery. Why 150,000
provisional ballots in 88 counties, using different voting machines and
standards for counting and dis-counting votes? Why in 2004 do we have an
uneven field, different standards and faulty machines characterizing the
vote in too many places?
Why in Warren County did election officials issue a ?homeland security
threat,? then lock out the press and independent observers while they
secretly counted the vote? Why are voting machines still used that are
privately owned by partisans, still subject to glitches and manipulation.
Why are absentee ballots and military ballots still issued in an
inconsistent, inaccurate, and untimely fashion?
Who is accountable? The integrity of the voting machines, and the machine
tabulation, is an issue. We need a forensic computer analysis of the voter
machines, and the machines left in the warehouses must be impounded.
The whole idea that partisans with a vested interest in the outcome can be
in charge of the election is unreasonable. Suppose two teams play for the
Super Bowl - and the election is the Super Bowl of American politics - and
the owner of the home, incumbent team was in charge of the judges, referees
and the replay. That would be unacceptable. Impartiality is a key to the
very appearance of fairness.
I urge Congress to come to Ohio to conduct a hearing and you will see the
classic calamity of a state?s rights election at work, with different
standards at work in every state and county. The richer counties have first
class machinery, the poorer counties get poorer machinery. People in rural
areas are yet another victim of the uneven playing field.
Do not take lightly the exit poll gaps, the most superior of ?polls.? Don?t
take lightly the vote disparity between Kerry and Democratic Supreme Court
candidate Ellen Connally ? in Cuyahoga County where she is best known,
Kerry got 120,000 more votes than Connally; but in 15 other Ohio counties,
Connally?s margin over her opponent was 190,000 votes GREATER than Kerry?s
margin over Bush. This abnormal and inexplicable vote disparity demands
In conclusion, this race is not over until it is certified that every vote
is counted and honored and until a full investigation shows that every vote
was honored. And for the future credibility of the process, we must end the
practice and precedent of voter suppression and disenfranchisement schemes.
As we approach the 40th year of the Voting Rights Act ending voter
discrimination in the states, we must honor the legacy of Dr. King and LBJ,
both of whom faced persecution and marginalization. It is a success of
their efforts that has given America credibility, our democracy bragging
rights around the world. Can you imagine America today without a Public
Accommodations Bill or the Voting Rights Act. Yet, the forces that resisted
those landmarks then, never ceased to find ways to manipulate and undermine
Those who never fought for the right to vote at home, who did not stand
with Dr. King and sought to marginalize Lyndon Johnson, now bomb for
democracy in Iraq, and judge democracy in the Ukraine, hold high standards
for democracy in South Africa. I cry out for this sense of urgency and an
even playing field for democracy at home.
I make this appeal today to honor the great American dream to make this a
more perfect union, to complete the task of honoring America?s highest
promises. Arguably, the four highest moments in our democracy are:
1)1865: the 13th amendment to abolish slavery, after 246 years;
2)1954: the end legal Jim Crow in 1954, after nearly another century;
3)1964: the passage of the Civil Rights Act;
4) 1965: the passage of the Voting Rights Act.
This promise of the founding fathers, this dream of Dr. King, this passion
of Lyndon Johnson, must be honored.
The unfinished business of this drive for an open, fair and transparent
democracy is our focus today. Before we go any further debating amending
the Constitution for immigrant access to the White House, though a noble
cause, it will only help some, we should implement a one person, one vote
democracy ? the direct election of the President ? that will motivate a
51-state campaign inclusive of the entire nation, not just 20 battleground
states. Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr.?s (D-IL) bill, which calls for a
Constitutional amendment on the right to vote for all U.S. citizens ?
Presidential elections with one set of rules where the individual right to
vote is protected by the U.S. Constitution ? will go a long way toward
achieving this goal.
Lady Liberty was presented to America as a gift by the French when we made
the bold and bloody step to end slavery and save the Union, when we broke
with the tyrants of suppression, colonialism and slavery ? it elevated
America to the mountaintop of hope, it allowed the whole world to look at
our beacon light. It is in the context of the conquest for a more perfect
union, of America honoring it?s promise that Lady Liberty can say, ?give me
your tired, your poor, your huddled masses ? who yearn to breathe free.? We
must not allow the flame to go out, even for the least of these.
Today this is our challenge and our opportunity. Let us celebrate 2005 the
year of Martin Luther King and Lyndon Johnson, the year democracy was born
for all of us. The year we complete the unfinished business of American
democracy. My brothers and sisters, we have unfinished business. Keep hope
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