Original Link: http://www.examiner.com/public-policy-in-cincinnati/the-koch-brothers-supported-legislation
By Ishton W. Morton
Recently, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine address the Cincinnati Branch NAACP membership on a number of topics. Amongst the topics he was very adamant of his commitment on civil rights issues.
However, Ohio is a leading state with a legislative agenda to suppress voters’ rights. This state has some of the most aggressive attack on the right to vote since the voting rights restrictions since segregation.
According to Benjamin Todd Jealous President and CEO NAACP the stand for freedom will be greatly diminished if Charles and David Koch get their way. Millions of eligible Americans won't be able to cast a vote in 2012.
In recent years, billionaires and political operatives have used their vast fortunes to finance drafting, introduction and promotion of model bills restricting people's ability to vote, and so far legislatures in 38 states have introduced the Koch Brothers’ supported legislation.
During the week of November 8th, 2011 Brave New Films debuts a new video shining the spotlight on the Koch Brothers and their role in the voting rights attacks. "Koch Brothers Exposed" is a call to action for all Americans concerned about protecting this most fundamental of rights.
The voter suppression laws take many forms prohibitive voter registrations requirements, sharply reduced early voting periods, government issued photo ID requirements, and discriminatory laws that disproportionately deny voting rights to people with felony convictions.
He noted in the video, these attacks on voting rights are only the beginning. The reason that you take away somebody's right to vote is so that you can take away the rest of their rights.
Everything we care about is at stake: the right to equal opportunity, the right for every child to attend a quality school, for clean water to drink and clean air to breathe, and basic protection of civil and human rights.
Consequently, Benjamin Todd Jealous President and CEO of the NAACP who said; “we are organizing aggressively to stop these rollbacks, on December 10th, 2011 is International Human Rights Day and we will organize a series of rallies and events around the country.”
He continued to say, “In New York City, we will begin our march at a demonstration outside the Koch brothers' offices, and continue on to a rally at the United Nations Building.”
Benjamin Todd Jealous is calling on you as he said; “Please join the resistance against these fundamental attacks on human rights.”
Finally, he said; “The NAACP has never stood on the sidelines when the extremists of any era attacked the voting right of Americans. We will fight the Koch brothers and their ilk, and with your help, we will prevail.”