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I know EXACTLY who needs to hear this, but America's most #Socialist president was #LBJ, not #FDR. No president in US history created more socialist programs for this country, key among them:
#HeadStart #VotingRightsAct
#LBJ grew up dirt poor and credited access to public education with his ability to win a congressional seat at 27. His first year in office he DOUBLED the national budget for public education. LBJ also established the plan for the rural hospital system Trump is dismantling.
#LBJ established #NationalPublicRadio in 1967 to make arts and education communication accessible to everyone. He said, "America wants more than a chicken in every pot."
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If confused by the Amendment debate, read this statement of its content. Those opposing it late seek confusion to delay. Read for yourselves. The Voting Rights Act IS IN IT by NAME. VOTE YES. #RVA @NAACP @PostOpinions @FreePressRVA Levine omits this fact.…
#RVA @RTDOpinions 2/It says "Every electoral district shall be drawn in accordance with the requirements of federal and state laws that address racial and ethnic fairness, including the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States &
3/"provisions of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, as amended, & judicial decisions interpreting such laws. Districts shall provide, where practicable, opportunities for racial & ethnic communities to elect candidates of their choice." This is the actual amendment language #RVA
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#Democrats believe there is nothing to fear from the voices and votes of the American people. We will restore the full power of the Voting Rights Act and stamp out voter suppression in all its forms. 1/18 #DemPartyPlatform #votingrightsact #DemFuture
#Democrats will curb the corrupting influence of money in politics and protect the integrity of our elections from all enemies, foreign and domestic. We will never accept political gridlock as our fate. 2/18 #DemPartyPlatform #MoneyInPolitics #FreeAndFairElections
#Democrats will never tire in our fight to deliver results & create opportunity for all Americans.We will end the war on government that has politicized our institutions,denigrated public service & left the American people on their own instead of working to make them whole. 3/18
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#August1965 #VotingRightsAct #RaceMatters #BlackLivesMatter
On 6 August 1965, after a long struggle by Black Americans - led by Dr. Martin Luther #King - to see their voting rights realized, finally, President Lyndon B. #Johnson signed the #VotingRightsAct of 1965. Image
#August1965 #VotingRightsAct #RaceMatters
Prior to this event, peaceful protests were violently dissolved by law enforcement. In Selma, Alabama, protesters, young and old, were beaten up and also killed.
In his speech, President Johnson acknowledged that the promise for equality had not been kept for African-Americans and that although they were freed from slavery, their human rights continued to be denied.
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Today marks the 55th anniversary of the #VotingRightsAct. Today we honor Civil Rights leaders such as Rep. John Lewis, Martin Luther King Jr., Hosea Williams, Amelia Boynton, Annie Lee Cooper, and many more who fought toward a better world. #ItsAboutUs ✊🏾
In 1866, The Civil Rights Act granted citizenship and it was reinforced by the 14th amendment in 1868. Although citizenship inherently includes the right to vote (for men only at this time) discrimination continues.
The 15th Amendment passed February 26, 1869, and ratified February 3, 1870, prohibited voting rights discrimination on the basis of race. However, Black women are still not allowed to vote during this time.
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John Lewis' funeral is on in every room in the hospital. #3LivingPresidents are there - all but one... guess who?
@GWBLibrary George W. Bush is speaking now. @BarackObama @POTUS44 will speak later. (Not sure about @BillClinton ) But President Bush is speaking beautifully (and told a funny story.)
President Bush is tying John Lewis to the past as well as the present, including @BarackObama, and he's talking about how "differences of opinion are the inevitable elements of democracy in action." BEAUTIFUL!
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In 1943, LDF founder Thurgood Marshall argued before the Supreme Court in Smith v. Allwright. This #voting rights case was a watershed for Black rights and signaled the beginning of the civil rights movement. Marshall considered it his "greatest" case. #HBD #MrCivilRights ImageImageImageImage
The question at the heart of this case was whether state parties prohibiting Black voters from exercising their freedoms in the primary elections violated the 14th and 15th amendments. #SCOTUS found that it did. As a result of this case, Black voter registration skyrocketed. ImageImage
Of course, Smith v. Allwright was only one step. Ugly displays of voter suppression still mar our elections. The floodgates have opened to a torrent of voter suppression since the #ShelbyCounty decision in 2013 and today's #COVID19 pandemic has only exacerbated these issues.
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1/ A conservative friend of mine argued at various times and in different contexts (including racial preferences or affirmative action), that slavery ended in 1865, he had nothing to do with it, so why don't African-Americans "just get over it." #RaceMatters
2/ Yes, slavery ended in 1865 and while it contributed greatly to the wealth of white America, African-Americans were given nothing in return as the government reneged on its promise of 40 acres and a mule after the end of the Civil War. #RaceMatters…
3/ Compare this to the Homestead Act of 1866 which transferred an area of land in the west the size of CA and TX (10% of all US land) to whites who need only improve it for 5 years and file a deed.… #RaceMatters
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LDF represented #MLK and the Selma marchers in their legal battle to complete their Selma to Montgomery march & on March 21, 1965, a federal court order allowed the march to proceed. That summer, the #VotingRightsAct was signed into law.

55 years later, we're still fighting. ImageImageImageImage
On our annual staff journey to Selma, we had the opportunity to reflect on our history and reinvigorate ourselves for the fight to ensure that poll site closures, discriminatory voter ID laws, & other voter suppression tactics don’t keep citizens locked out of the voting booth. ImageImageImage
“Civil rights workers are democracy maintenance workers.”--@Sifill_LDF

Just as we did 55 years ago, LDF will continue to dig out the rot of voter suppression and discrimination from the foundation of our democracy.
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“We are in a time when we must understand that we did not win anything we hold dear today with just lawyers...We always had to have movement in the courts and movement in the streets.” —@RevDrBarber Image
“It’s been 2,240 days and Congress still has not fixed the #VotingRightsAct.” Image
“The lie of fraud is fraudulent itself.”—@RevDrBarber

In NC, of the over 4.5 million ballots cast in 2016, there was only 1 case of in-person voter fraud.
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Since the destructive 2013 #ShelbyCounty decision, a wave of voter suppression practices have been allowed to keep citizens locked out of the voting booth. With the #VotingRightsAct gutted, discriminatory practices have diluted the voice of many people of color. Image
In 2016 we released #DemocracyDiminished, chronicling the new wave of threats citizens faced while trying to vote in the wake of the #ShelbyCounty decision. Image
In 2018 voter suppression tactics were deployed to deny many Black citizens their constitutional right to vote. Even after Floridians overwhelmingly voted for #Amendment4 to restore voting rights to returning citizens, legislators have blocked persons with debts from registering. Image
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#HappeningNow: @JNelsonLDF is joining a @UCILaw panel to discuss the state of our democracy and the challenges facing the #2020Election. Watch live:…
@JNelsonLDF @UCILaw .@JNelsonLDF stresses 4 points that we can't ignore when considering the upcoming election:

1. The rise in racist and xenophobic language
2. The documented rise in hate crimes
3. Stripping the #VotingRightsAct of critical protections
4. The changing demographics of the country
@JNelsonLDF @UCILaw "There needs to be much greater attention paid to the four bills before Congress right now that can protect our elections in addition to staving off and counteracting the targeted manipulation of Black voters in particular..." --@JNelsonLDF
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"Bernie doesn't smile enough"

"He's too angry"

Alright @TheDemocrats how about we just gaze on a few gifs (everyone else, feel free to add your favorite gifs and memes). Better?

#NotMeUs #FeelTheBern #BernieSanders #BernieSanders2020 #BernieIsTheFrontRunner #BerninForYou
We all know how important it is to swag

Well four years later, he's still got it

@TheDemocrats, can't you see the swag levels?

#NotMeUs #FeelTheBern #BernieSanders #BernieSanders2020 #BernieIsTheFrontRunner #BerninForYou
A wink

He's happy and he knows it

See the joy just jumping off the gif, @TheDemocrats?

#NotMeUs #FeelTheBern #BernieSanders #BernieSanders2020 #BernieIsTheFrontRunner #BerninForYou
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Voter suppression and election mismanagement are alive and well in #Alabama. Check out our new report released today detailing how Alabama laws and policies create and perpetuate obstacles to the ballot box.

#AlabamaVotes #VotingRights #All67…
Despite #Alabama being at the epicenter of the #VotingRights movement of the 1960s, the state remains one of the most difficult places in our nation for an eligible voter to register and successfully cast a ballot. #AlabamaVotes…
Since #SCOTUS gutted #Section5 of the #VotingRightsAct, #Alabama and localities have made it harder to vote by requiring photo ID to vote, closing polling places in predominantly Black counties and purging hundreds of thousands of people from voter rolls.…
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Welcome to the #Pennsylvania Member of Congress Tracking Report for the week ending 12/08/19.

This is where you'll find all the votes and quotes from ALL our PA House members as well as @SenBobCasey and @SenToomey.
#MoCTrack 1/19
@SenBobCasey @SenToomey The awesome folks at @538Politics help us assess the extent to which our MoCs vote along with the Trump Administration agenda. We track that index in each week’s #MoCTrack Report.
#MoCTrack 2/19
@SenBobCasey @SenToomey @538politics This week, the House voted on the #VotingRightsAct, a measure that would open the door for resumption of DOJ pre-clearance of new election laws in areas with a history of discrimination.
#MoCTrack 3/19…
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The #2020Census #CitizenshipQuestion was NEVER about enforcing the #VotingRightsAct.

It was ALWAYS intended to silence our immigrant communities.

I knew it was a bogus excuse when @TheJusticeDept testified before @OversightDems last year & I’m glad #SCOTUS agreed with me today.
I’ve been working on this issue since I became a Congressman because I know the addition of an untested & politically-motivated #CitizenshipQuestion will undoubtedly:

◾️Corrupt the integrity & accuracy of the #2020Census

◼️Silence the voices of our immigrant communities Image
Today’s #SCOTUS ruling is a BIG WIN but the #CitizenshipQuestion fight is far from over.

As we move to the next phase in this process, I’ll continue working with local & federal partners to ensure EVERYONE is counted & secure the vital resources our communities need & deserve. Image
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6 years ago today, the Supreme Court’s Shelby County decision gutted the #VotingRightsAct. Several states then rushed to impose new discriminatory restrictions on voting. The right to vote is fundamental. We should be making it easier, not harder, to take part in our democracy.
Both the Supreme Court and our democracy face a similar test today: whether to allow a citizenship question on the #Census. The Trump administration has blatantly misrepresented the partisan origins of the question—to increase Republican voting power.…
That includes Commerce Secretary Ross, who falsely & inexcusably claimed DOJ is “the one” that asked for the question when I questioned him during a Senate hearing.
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Where to even start

First, you’re not speaker any more

And your party’s “ideas” were so soundly rejected during the midterm elections that you lost an historic 40 seats

But let’s go a little deeper. Let’s look at Trump’s “accomplishments” and see if we are “better off”
With Trump and the GOP gutting the ACA and fighting Medicaid expansion, people who pay for healthcare are certainly #NotBetterOff

But healthcare and drug companies, and people that own them, sure are. Just ask your friend Chris Collins.…
The millions adversely affected by the #GOPTaxScam are #NotBetterOff

On the other hand, all the companies and wealthy CEOs who used the tax cut to buy back stocks and become richer were probably thrilled…
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Folks hate it when I remind them that our most progressive president was #LBJ, because someone told them it was #FDR.

(But it would have been great if FDR's VP #HenryWallace had succeeded him instead of #Truman.)

Almost a Socialist.
Unmatched to this day.
For those unfamiliar with LBJ, he gave us:
War on Poverty
Great Society
Head Start
Immigration and Nationality Act (expanding immigration)
doubled federal spending on education
expanded wilderness preservation
gun control
LBJ also gave us:
Food Stamp Act (now SNAP)
Regional Medical Program
Higher Education Act
Public Broadcasting Act
National Endowment for the Humanities
National Endowment for the Arts

And yes, he gave us Vietnam.
But he was the most Socialist president in US history.
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I am seriously jazzed. We now have the details of the first bill the Democrats will present in the 116th Congress. It's basically an anti-corruption bill. They're tackling #VotingRights, #CampaignFinance, and #Ethics!!

Here are some of the specifics of the bill: Thread/
And to be clear, it's not just the incumbent Democrats that worked on the bill. A group of freshmen House Reps have been involved too. 👍🏼
1. The bill would create a NATIONAL automatic voter registration system. Citizens could opt out if they wish. We know from the states that have automatic voter registration, it increases the number of registered voters dramatically. 💯
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.@CarterCenter @splcenter - what can we do to get election monitoring here in #Georgia?

@UN @UNPOL- please help! Someone needs to oversee this election, esp given Republican #Governor candidate @BrianKempGA's server wipe-out after the last elections:…
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Movement thoughts on the 53rd anniversary of the #VotingRightsAct:

The popular imagination "schoolbook" version of the Civil Rights Movement is that MLK appeared in Montgomery & led a bus boycott, which started a protest cycle that culminated in "I Have A Dream" & the VRA. /1
The Golden Age narrative obfuscates organizing work of everyday people through the brutal Jim Crow south & the falsely "colorblind" North of the 1920s-50s. There were countless efforts to organize black political power from the farmhands of the west coast to the NYC boroughs. /2
This classical framing of the "golden age of the civil rights movement" ignores a lot of what led to the passage of the VRA: 1st, decades of work done by communists that laid down the roots of the movement in the deep south of the 1930s. /3
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The American voting system is busted. Shattered. They’re trying to take away your vote by saying you’re not a citizen, by saying you voted in another state, by giving you provisional ballots for some cockamamie reason, by purging you from the voter rolls
These obstacles are put in the way of mostly voters of color — that’s the real issue. We have an apartheid election system in the US. And I’m very concerned that some groups and politicians talk about #VoteSuppression but avoid the issue of race.…
Q: Do you think that's out of fear, obliviousness, or something more sinister?

A: The Democratic Party was the party of #JimCrow. It’s in its DNA. If everyone got to vote, the party’s elite would be out on its ass — right, Bernie?…

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