Don’t let filibuster stop voting rights
Recently I was part of a group of folks from across the Capital Region that organized a 24-hour event in Albany to thank Sen. Schumer for supporting the For The People Act (S1) and to urge him not to let the antiquated filibuster stand in the way of passing desperately needed democracy reform.
Folks of all ages, all backgrounds from across our region kept a filibuster going for 24 hours through oppressive heat and a lightning storm because we know that we are in a fight for the future of our democracy.
As we mark the 57th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, we cannot stand by as state legislators across the country have introduced over 380 bills surgically tailored to reduce access to the ballot box, especially for Black and brown Americans.
We cannot stand by as a Supreme Court packed with conservative justices shreds a core provision of the Voting Rights Act, ignoring the reality of voter suppression.
All of us have a choice right now — will we fight for an inclusive multiracial democracy that represents the interests of the majority or will we stand by as the same forces behind the attack on our Capitol on Jan. 6 seek to further entrench White minority rule?
Sen. Schumer understands what is at stake here and knows that in order to protect the right of every American to participate in our democracy, our senators must not let the filibuster stand in the way.
With surge in cases, vaccinations are vital
Looks like we’re in deep doo-doo with a new pandemic crisis — cases surging and people still refusing to get vaccinated.
We are at war with a monstrous virus, and our best armor is our vaccine. No more time for “pleases” and “wouldn’t it be nices.” It is absolutely essential that everyone (who can physically get it) should step up, line up, roll up and “humanity” up.
As the old idiom advises, ”He who hesitates is lost.”
Carole Anne Frank
Government must respect our rights
Letter to the government: If I wanted a weapon, I’d not ask you for permission.
I’d not fill out a permit. I’d not ask a police department or judge.
Our founders forced the bill of rights in our Constitution, and this list of rights is a leash around your neck.
Freedom of religious and political speech and assembly and bearing arms are not gifts to us from you as if you’re some big-hearted father. They tie your hands. They limit your power.
Our founders knew the danger of government. You get to thinking that we serve you, while you need to be reminded that you serve us.
Why in the world would I ask the government for something that is already mine? Our founders considered these rights “endowed by our Creator” and “unalienable rights.”
You say that you’re nervous about us having weapons? You’re nervous that the regular people are too heavily armed? Good. You should be nervous.
Our founders knew well what tyranny was and wanted you to be uneasy. Therefore, think carefully about how you govern and do it well as our servant.
Consider carefully and remember that “we the people” are the highest authority in this land.
Remember the tyranny of the British Empire. No state or town will be allowed to impose any law which contradicts, reduces or undermines our Bill of Rights.
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