Wilson leads Florida's fight for Blacks, students and the elderly

caines | 11/16/2011, 5:02 a.m.

Other members of Congress agree with Wilson

In a series of recent hearings at the U.S. Capitol Rayburn House Office Building led by Congressman John Conyers (D-Michigan, District 14), 82, leading attorneys from the ACLU, Barbara Arnwine, executive director of the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law and Representative Jerrold Nadler ( D-NY, District 8 ) all weighed-in on state voting laws and how recent changes in the law have impacted voters. We dont need to educate members of the legislature, especially Republican members, Nadler said. This is a deliberate attempt to disenfranchise poor people and minorities. They are in on the conspiracy and the effort is as concerted as were previous policies under Jim Crow. We just hope that we can make sure they dont succeed. Arnwine pointed to her organizations Map of Shame which uses color codes to illustrate the states that either have in place or are hoping to put in place laws that make it more difficult for people to vote. This is a serious situation and even with the lawsuits filed by the ACLU and other grassroots organizations, the 2012 election may already have come and gone before these cases make their way to court, she said. Voters and those who care about the right for all to vote must remain vigilant. By D. Kevin McNeirkmcneir@miamitimesonline.com