Organizing for Voting Rights


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By Louis King

The San Francisco Bay Area VotingRightsRestoration Movement is being organized at 6 p.m., Tuesday, July 2, at the West Bay Community Center located at 1290 Fillmore St. in San Francisco to protest the U. S. Supreme Court’s decision to drastically modify Section 5 of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.
Organizers are seeking the support of African American, Hispanic, Asian American, LGBT, and labor, student and senior communities to plan a major “in-the-streets” protest in San Francisco on Saturday, Aug. 3, to inspire other cities throughout the country to replicate their action.
Among those who are co-sponsoring this meeting is Wilfred T. Ussery, former national chairman of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) and chair of the Direct Action Committee of the San Francisco United Freedom Movement, which in the late 1960s planned and conducted the historic Auto-Row demonstrations in San Francisco in which more than 1,000 persons were arrested.
Other co-sponsors include Carl L. Williams, Esq., president of the San Francisco African American Democratic Club; Frederick E. Jordan, president and chairman of the San Francisco African American Chamber of Commerce; Perry L. Lang, executive director, BCA Rafiki Wellness; Cedric Jackson, president, San Francisco Black Leadership Forum; Jesse Brooks, co-chair Bay Area Regional African American HIV/AIDS State of Emergency Coalition; Zoraina James, a faith-based community organizer.
For more information, call (415) 931-9465 or email