A chorus of voting rights activists blended their voices to shut down a voter suppression attempt against African Americans in rural Randolph County, Georgia.
“We were at the meeting with court papers in hand and we were prepared to file suit on behalf of People’s Agenda, Georgia NAACP and New Georgia Project and African American voters in the county if the proposal went forward,” Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, told NewsOne.
Election officials voted at a public hearing on Friday not to close seven of the nine voting location in the predominantly African-American county.
The officials came under fire from civil rights organizations and residents for considering the proposal, claiming that the seven sites were not wheelchair accessible. Closing the sites would have forced scores of residents to use alternative polling places, miles away, for the November general election.
Opponents believed the claim about handicap accessibility was a pretext to veil underlying racism and to keep the governor’s office under Republican control. Georgia’s Black voters have the opportunity to elect Stacey Abrams, who could become the nation’s first female African-American governor.
“This is a victory for African-American voters across Georgia who are too often subject to a relentless campaign of voter suppression,” Clarke said. “The defeat of this proposal also shows the power of resistance and the impact that we can have by leveraging our voices against injustice.”
In 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court rolled back a portion of the Voting Rights Act that required several jurisdictions, mainly in the Deep South, to obtain federal permission before changing how residents are allowed to vote. Since then, civil rights groups have been fighting to stem the steady erosion of voting rights.
To that end, Lawyers’ Committee submitted a pre-suit demand letter on Aug. 20 to the Randolph County Board of Elections, objecting to the proposed closures.
“The right to vote is the most sacred civil right in our democracy, and we stand fully prepared to defend that right throughout the midterm election cycle,” Clarke stated.
Twitter Is Outraged After The French Open Bans Serena's Catsuit: 'You Have To Respect The Game'
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Bernard Giudicelli, the French Tennis Federation chief announced a dress code for the 2019 French Open, which includes outlawing Serena Williams catsuit. Makes perfect sense for a fat, bald, aging man to be making fashion decisions for elite athletes. #FrenchOpen #SerenaWilliams pic.twitter.com/VDQyQmv4ln— Minimal Effort with Jason Sweet (@MinimalEffortJS) August 24, 2018
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The idea that Serena Williams' catsuit signals she doesn't respect the game of tennis is ridiculous for a number reasons, but especially because her catsuit wasn't unprecedented. Anne White wore a catsuit back in 1985 at Wimbledon. pic.twitter.com/ekAzc9k1De— Nadra Nittle (@NadraKareem) August 24, 2018
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During the French Open I saw many White players who were nearly naked, but Bernard Giudicelli decides Serena Williams' catsuit was disrespectful?!?! What would powerful White people do if they didn't spend so much time policing Blackness? He is being disrespectful! pic.twitter.com/dHRBo5vShA— We STILL Can't Breathe (@Fiorentina5) August 24, 2018
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According the French Open organizers, this catsuit that Serena Williams wore this year is 'inappropriate' so they've banned it. Ja no, being black and excellent is tough 🙄— Zweli Mbhele (@TheZweli) August 24, 2018
It literally has her entire body covered. pic.twitter.com/NgplF4hdMf
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"You have to respect the game and the place." 1. Didn't Anne White wear a white catsuit during Wimbledon? 2. If a white woman champion wore the same outfit, would he have said anything? (Yes, I'm going there.) 3. All the women players should boycott until Serena gets an apology.— Julie London Ferguson (@DearBubbie) August 23, 2018
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I don’t get this thing of Serena’s catsuit being deemed inappropriate for the French Open. All the women in professional tennis wear tiny, “revealing” clothes but the catsuit is inappropriate? You absolutely cannot convince me that this is anything other than misogynoir.— Generically Black (@THISisLULE) August 24, 2018
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This is wrong on so many levels. How are we still in an era where a man decides what a woman wears to work?— Tobi Oredein (@IamTobiOredein) August 24, 2018
Coz Serena playing tennis is her job. https://t.co/ZQyA26uXVx
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It's no coincidence that Serena Williams is being dress coded at the same time black kids are being pushed out of school because of their hair. It's not the catsuit or the hair that's the problem. It's the anti-blackness.— Nadra Nittle (@NadraKareem) August 24, 2018
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I would like Serena to show up in this outfit for French Open next year and then remove it revealing a catsuit with a crown emblem. 👑 pic.twitter.com/uYwE9yorYb— LaWanda (@lawanda50) August 23, 2018
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The French Open banning Serena from wearing a catsuit is the epitome of the word HATER. Jealousy is such an ugly trait.— LaChina Robinson (@LaChinaRobinson) August 24, 2018
12. Even Shonda Rhimes Was Not Here For It...
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The game seems quite content to be played no matter what women wear. Perhaps this man should focus on his own fashion choices and respect the GOAT's rights to wear whatever the hell she pleases. #getoffhercourt https://t.co/sS7QcyJp3y— shonda rhimes (@shondarhimes) August 24, 2018
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