Coalition of 100 organizations plans protests and march

USA Today,  January 18, 2016

What many view as the gutting of the Voting Rights Act has prompted civil rights advocates to take action. A coalition of 100 organizations including the NAACP will stage a string of protests, acts of civil disobedience and even a mid-April march from Philadelphia to Washington to garner momentum to reverse those setbacks [including in the 33 states that now have Voter ID laws in place with increased identification requirements for people seeking to cast ballots], particularly as the country looks toward the presidential election, said Cornell William Brooks, president and CEO of the NAACP.

“We believe that announcing this on Martin Luther King’s birthday is a fitting form of commemoration and celebration,” Brooks said in a telephone interview. “It’s not enough for us to perform community service as though the state of democracy is intact.”

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