Inside SB 202 and the latest accusations of voter suppression in Georgia
Georgia was the first state to blow the whistle against voting rights. For almost five days now, protests have been stirring on Georgia's streets, and across social media from civil rights groups who are enthusiastic about challenging SB 202 in Georgia's senate, which was signed on March 25, 2021.
According to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, this bill "restricts voting at every stage" and targets Black voters. The new law will give the state more control over the elections and inhibit voting through the mail.
The Atlanta Journal Constitution reported that after signing the voting restrictions, Georgia's Republican governor Brian Kemp said, "Significant reforms to our state elections were needed. There's no doubt there were many alarming issues with how the election was handled, and those problems, understandably, led to a crisis of confidence in the ballot box here in Georgia."
"I guarantee you if that was a Black Lives Matter protest in D.C., there would already be people shackled, arrested or dead." ~ Joy Reid
Congress convened yesterday to certify the election results for President-elect Joe Biden, and they were bombarded by a mob of angry Trump supporters who still believe that the election was rigged. For safety reasons, Congress vacated the U.S. Capitol building.
Afterward, the Trump-supporting mob entered the Capitol building and began causing chaos. As a result, nearly one hundred Democratic Congress members are calling for Trump’s impeachment, according to NBC News.
Despite President Trump challenging the results, the presidential race has been called by the Associated Press and other official sources. Now, the focus has shifted to Georgia, where a contentious runoff election may determine who controls the Senate.
Today, Georgians will vote in two important run-off elections: Jon Ossoff (D) faces incumbent Senator David Perdue (R), and Reverend Dr. Raphael Warnock (D) faces Kelly Loeffler (R), who was appointed to the Senate last year after Senator Johnny Isakson (R) retired due to health issues.
If the Democrats secure these two seats, that would mean a Democratic controlled Senate for President-elect Joe Biden.
We don’t just need Black leadership. We need pro-Black leadership.
Lori Lightfoot made history in Chicago.
She was the first Black, openly gay woman to be elected mayor, which people celebrated. Yet, this past summer, she also made history in another, more daunting way. During protests following the death of George Floyd, Lightfoot made a controversial move to raise the bridges in the downtown area.
This would be the first of several times she raised the bridges over the summer. Given Chicago’s status as one of the most segregated cities in the U.S., according to a 2019 analysis, the implications of her raising the bridges was that she wanted to protect one side of the city from the other.
Working class Americans seem to be victimized thrice over by COVID-19. From states reopening prematurely to unsafe working conditions that have led essential workers to strike, the damage is almost tangible.
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