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My Soapbox Runneth Ovah: Rosa Parks, The Voting Rights Act, The First Lady & Let’s Move


By Jueseppi B.







Repealing The Voting Rights Act Of 1965:


Greg Sargent: Judging by all the early reporting on the first round of Supreme Court arguments about a key section of the Voting Rights Act, that provision may be in real peril. Conservative justices expressed sharp skepticism of the law, with much attention being paid to Antonin Scalia’s description of it as a “perpetuation of racial entitlement.”


…. all may not be lost. That’s because proponents of the Voting Rights Act are focused mainly on holding on to Justice Anthony Kennedy.


Full post here




If The United States Supreme Court Justices intend to take sections of the U.S. Constitution and repeal them, and upgrade them and redo them…..let’s give the entire U.S. Constitution a remake. Start with the antiquated 2nd amendment of 1791, BEFORE YOU REPEAL THE VOTING RIGHTS ACT OF 1965.


I mean how many have died from voting in America as opposed to the death toll figures from guns in America? Let me repeat: If the SCJOTUS wish to repeal The Voting Rights Act of 1965, these dumbass better for sure repeal the 2nd amendment written in 1791 to ensure a well regulated militia to combat slavery uprisings and save caucasian slave owning families lives.


Which Constitutional right is relevant in 2013?



Rep John Lewis: Scalia‘s ‘racial entitlement’ comment an affront to a cause ‘people died for’







The Full White House Dedication Ceremony Speech From POTUS Obama:










President Obama Dedicates a Statue Honoring Rosa Parks


Published on Feb 27, 2013

President Obama speaks at a ceremony dedicating a statue in honor of Rosa Parks at the U.S. Capitol. February 27, 2013











Statutory Hall: Rosa Parks Takes Her Place Among American History Giants











Ms. First Lady Michelle Obama visits Northside Elementary School to promote Let’s Move



Michelle Obama Visits Mississippi


Published on Feb 27, 2013

First Lady Michelle Obama visits Northside Elementary School in Clinton to celebrate three years of the White House’s “Let’s Move!” campaign to fight childhood obesity and promote exercise, nutrition education and healthy eating in school cafeterias.







President Barack Obama touches the Rosa Parks statue after the unveiling during a ceremony in Statuary Hall at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., Feb. 27, 2013. Helping with the unveiling, were, from left: Sheila Keys, niece of Rosa Parks; Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev.; House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio; House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.; Assistant Democratic Leader Rep. James Clyburn, D-S.C.; and Elaine Eason Keys. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)





President Barack Obama with a three-year-old relative of Rosa Parks after unveiling a statue in her honor.




Rosa Parks has a Permanent Place in the U.S. Capitol


Matt Compton
Matt Compton

February 27, 2013

National Statuary Hall inside the U.S. Capitol was once the meeting place of the House of Representatives. Now it’s home to a collection of statues and monuments — two from each state — representing some of the defining figures in our nation’s history.


Today those sculptures were joined by that of a civil rights icon. One hundred years after she was born and 58 years after she refused to give up her seat on an Alabama city bus, Rosa Parks has a permanent place in the halls of Congress.


President Obama was one of the leaders on hand for the unveiling of the statue this morning.


“Rosa Parks held no elected office,” he said. “She possessed no fortune; lived her life far from the formal seats of power. And yet today, she takes her rightful place among those who’ve shaped this nation’s course.”


The statue is close to nine feet tall and depicts Rosa Parks in bronze wearing the same clothes she wore on the day she was arrested. The monument consisting of both her statue and the granite pedestal on which it rests weighs 2,100 pounds.


“Rosa Parks’s singular act of disobedience launched a movement,” President Obama told today’s crowd. “The tired feet of those who walked the dusty roads of Montgomery helped a nation see that to which it had once been blind. It is because of these men and women that I stand here today. It is because of them that our children grow up in a land more free and more fair; a land truer to its founding creed. And that is why this statue belongs in this hall — to remind us, no matter how humble or lofty our positions, just what it is that leadership requires; just what it is that citizenship requires.”








From Amnesty International USA:



Need an AK-47? How about 6,000 for an army of child soldiers?


The International Defense Exhibition and Conference (IDEX), which concluded last week in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, bills itself as one of the biggest arms bazaars in the world. However, among the more than 1,100 companies exhibiting at IDEX were manufacturers whose products have made it a lot easier for bad guys to wreak havoc. After all, there are currently no global checks in place to keep guns out of the wrong hands.


We’ve got less than a month to go before states convene at the United Nations in New York to finalize a historic Arms Trade Treaty. Take action now to make this Arms Trade Treaty strong so that no more weapons can fall through gaping loopholes and into dangerous hands.


Amnesty International has been able to trace the flow of weapons from manufacturers exhibiting at IDEX to the very weapons used in countries where serious human rights abuses have taken place.


There were no checks in place then to stop the free flow of weapons:

  • from Pakistan to Sri Lanka, even though the country was embroiled in a brutal civil war that lasted three decades
  • or from China to the Democratic Republic of Congo, where both armed groups and government forces alike use child soldiers
  • or from the United States to Bahrain, like the tear gas used by government forces against peaceful protesters




But we can ensure that there are checks in place now if we urge the Obama administration to support a strong Arms Trade Treaty.



All the while, NRA officials keep fueling a false#gunversation about the Arms Trade Treaty claiming that its purpose is to infringe on American gun owners rights — knowing full well that it has no impact on gun rights within U.S. borders whatsoever. In fact, the gun lobby will be in D.C. today continuing to spread their misinformation campaign during Congressional hearings about gun control.



So if NRA officials have their way and the Arms Trade Treaty is weakened, then we would see more children recruited as soldiers, more women raped in conflict zones, more families driven from their homes and more senseless deaths.



We’ve got to make sure the record is set straight before March 18, when Arms Trade Treaty negotiations begin. We must do all we can to close dangerous loopholes, like the one that makes international gun shows an open bazaar for the suppliers of warlords and human rights criminals.



The Arms Trade Treaty has the potential to protect families from gun violence on a global scale. Show President Obama that you care about protecting families worldwide against gun violence by taking action now.



Your voice makes a difference in the global gun debate.



Thank You,

Michelle Ringuette
Chief of Campaigns & Programs
Amnesty International USA















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