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Eric Holder Backs Lawsuit in Alabama, Georgia, and Louisiana to Create Majority-Black Congressional Districts

Eric Holder Backs Lawsuit in Alabama, Georgia, and Louisiana to Create Majority-Black Congressional Districts

Eric Holder’s National Democratic Redistricting Committee is aiming to help citizens create one new majority-Black congressional district in Alabama, Georgia, and Louisiana in time for the 2020 general elections, according to new federal lawsuits filed Wednesday in each state. Citizens are suing their states over congressional districts that violate Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act. The lawsuits seek valid congressional maps that unite African Americans to form an additional majority-minority congressional district in each state thereby allowing African Americans an equal opportunity in each state to elect their candidates of choice. Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp, Louisiana Secretary of State R. Kyle Ardoin and Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill are defendants in the filings, which note each state’s history of racially polarized voting and disenfranchisement of Black voters. "You can't ignore the progress we've made over the past half century, but there's no doubt that in too many places, African Americans are still not afforded an equal opportunity to participate in our electoral process,” Holder said. More here.

Karen Finney Returns to DNC

Karen Finney Returns to DNC

Bonnie Watson Coleman Wants Congress to Apologize for Failed War on Drugs

Bonnie Watson Coleman Wants Congress to Apologize for Failed War on Drugs