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March 7, 2019 – The Legacy of Selma
A potluck and facilitated discussion
Thursday, March 7; 6:00pm – 8:45pm
Voting rights has returned as an issue in our times. This evening we will share a potluck meal and look at both the historical roots and contemporary concerns around this issue.
On Sunday, March 7, 1965 nearly 600 people gathered in their Sunday best to march 50 miles from Selma to the state capital in Montgomery to protest voter suppression. Since known as “Bloody Sunday” that day and those leading to it saw people subjected to great violence resulting in injury, and even death, in events that led to the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. People bled and died for the right to vote.
Fifty four years later, in the midterm election of 2018, restrictive voter registration resurfaced as a justice issue across this country. Measures such as “exact match” requirements, aggressive voter role purges, disqualifying the use of post office addresses, and requiring proof of citizenship to vote all disproportionately hamper the ability of elderly, minority, poor, and indigenous people to vote. Voting – a sacred right and the hallmark of democracy – must be available to every eligible voter.
There is no charge to attend, but donations are always welcome. Bring a dish to pass and be part of community in support of democracy.
Paper products, cutlery, coffee, hot tea and iced water will be provided. Please preregister so that we can set a place for you!
Seating is limited, so register early.
Come to be part of a discussion of what has been, what is, and what might emerge!
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