Rallying at the Board of Elections for National Voter Registration Day
Congresswoman Marcia Fudge gathered a whole bunch of civil rights and voting-rights minded leader outside the Cuyahoga County board of elections today. They came not just from the black community but from the Asian and Latino communities as well to speak about the importance of voting on National Voter Registration Day.
Here the Rev. Otis Moss Jr., one of the deans of Cleveland's religious community, invokes the names of civil rights leaders and martyrs including Medgar Evers, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, Viola Liuzzo, James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner — all icons in the black community for their work in fighting to make the ballot accessible to all
"Anyone who tries to stop people from voting doesn't believe in democracy," he said. Congresswoman Fudge added that as far as she's concerned such people aren't Christians, and issued a threat: "Those who don't want people to vote, we will see you in November."
They drew a sizable crowd who demonstrated a deep, passionate commitment to voting rights for all, even, as the congresswoman said, if they don't vote the same way you do.
"Seriously, Republicans — you thought we were going to sit out the election because President Obama didn't give us all ponies? The laugh is on you!"