Page 20

from p. 7

Voting Rights Under Fire member of the five-person Calera City Council, winning in a district that was almost 71 percent black. Two years later, the city redrew its district lines, leaving Montgomery in a district that was only 23 percent black (even though the city’s total percentage of black voters had increased at the time). He narrowly lost re-election in 2008 to a white newcomer who’d only lived in Calera three years. But the Justice Department invalidated the election under Section 5, because the city had failed to get approval in advance. The city ultimately adopted citywide elections, and Montgomery was elected with more votes than any

President Lyndon B. Johnson introduced the Voting Rights Act in 1965. It has been renewed and extended by Congress four times including a 25-year extension signed by President George W. Bush in 2006. File photo.

other candidate. The candidate who beat him in 2008 came in next-to-last. This is a classic example of why Section 5 exists: blacks gain more of a voice, so the white power structure changes the rules to take that voice away. The details of how this is done

When you need help, think local. Support the Independents.

In Random Lengths News

Income Taxes & Dieting. At least we can make one of these easier. Van Buren & Associates

Don’t stress out about

Income Taxes!

Let Just Relax Tax Service help you with your personal or business income tax preparation & filing. Make an appointment today.

Rep. John Lewis, who was on the “Bloody Sunday” march in Selma said, “…we didn’t march for some racial entitlement. We wanted to open up the political process and let all of the people come in.…”

Tax & Accounting Solutions •

George A.Van Buren, EA, MBA 1536 W. 25th St., Suite K San Pedro, CA 90732 Phone: 310.519.8600 Fax: 310.519.8008

Palma Mattera Mejia, EA 870 W. 9th St., Ste. 100A, San Pedro


• Payroll • Tax • Notary Service



• Custom Shirts • Custom Embroidery

• Car Decals & Stickers • Signs & Banners • Picture Printing Coppa Woodworking, Inc. 310.548.4142

Great for Gifts & Special Occasions 803 S. Gaffey St., San Pedro

(310) 519-1656


March 8 - 21, 2013

Serving the Seven Cities of the Harbor Area

Grand Openin Great De g als!

• Custom Printing • Union Printing • Graphic & Logo Design • Email Marketing

1302 S. Pacific Ave., San Pedro (310) 519-1442

46% of independent shopping dollars goes back into the local economy. Make the Pledge to support independent retailers & services whenever possible.

can take a seemingly endless variety of forms, but the end result is persistent racial polarization, with blacks and other minorities on the short end of the stick. That’s why election changes need to be checked out in advance. If Shelby County may be the wrong party, as Sotomayor pointed out, the law firm representing them—Wiley Rein— is questionable as well. Last year, it represented both Florida and Ohio in federal court, unsuccessfully defending their attempts to restrict early voting. And behind both the firm and the client is the man who recruited both of them, Ed Blum, director of the Project on Fair Representation, a conservative outfit devoted to fighting minority rights protections in public policy. In 1992, Blum lost a congressional race to Houston congressional race to Craig Washington, one of the first black legislators in Texas. Blum was outraged that blacks should have any district at all which gave them a chance to elect one of their own, and thus began his decades-long crusade against the voting rights act in particular, and minority-protection laws in general, which has been backed by $1.2 million from anonymous conservative donors since 2006, according to reporting by Ari Berman in the Nation magazine. It was Blum who convinced Shelby County to challenge the Voting Rights Act after Calera was forced to undo its dirty work from 2006. Kevin Myles, southeast regional director for the NAACP, told Berman that the lawsuit was like “a fox filing a lawsuit saying the chicken coop is too secure.” It seems the foxes want their country back.

RLn 03-07-13 Edition  

Wronging Rights: U.S. Supreme Court Conservatives Take Aim at The Civil Rights Voting Act

RLn 03-07-13 Edition  

Wronging Rights: U.S. Supreme Court Conservatives Take Aim at The Civil Rights Voting Act