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From the White House, the Vice President of the United States, Kamala Harris, who is the first woman, African-American and person of Asian origin to achieve this position, He delivered a message that was shown virtually at the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, where Luther King Jr. was a pastor with his father.and.
The Vice President of the United States, Kamala Harris, warned this Monday that “freedom to vote is under attack” today in the country, in a speech on the occasion of Martin Luther King Jr Day (1929-1968).
From the White House, the vice president, who is the first woman, African-American and person of Asian origin to reach this position, delivered a speech that was shown virtually at the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, where Luther King Jr was pastor. next to his father.
Harris spoke of the danger that voting restrictions, which the Republicans have imposed in some states in which they govern and which especially affect minorities such as Afro-Americans and Latinos, endanger democracy.
“In Georgia and across our nation, anti-voter laws are being passed that could make it difficult for some 55 million Americans to vote, that’s one in six people in the country,” the vice president stressed.
In addition, he warned that those who propose these laws – he did not explicitly mention the Republicans – are not only putting obstacles in the polls, but also working to interfere in the elections to achieve the results they want and discredit those they do not want.
“This is not how democracies work,” he said.
Given this situation, Harris considered that one cannot stay without acting, because the next generations will pay the price.
In that sense, she recalled that she and President Joe Biden traveled to Atlanta (Georgia) last week to launch a message: “It is time for the US Senate to do its job and for a fundamental law to reach the Senate, the free vote law and the John Lewis”.
Harris alluded to two bills, the so-called “Freedom to Vote Act” and the “John Lewis Voting Rights Promotion Act” to protect the right to vote, which have few prospects of getting ahead in the upper house due to the slim majority available to the Democrats.
The vice president recalled that more than 55 years ago “men, women and children marched from Selma to Montgomery to demand the vote”.
“When they arrived at the Alabama State Capitol -he continued-, Dr. King lamented what he called normality, complacency, that they were denying the freedom to vote”.
Therefore, he added, “we must not accept being complacent or complicit, we must not give up, we must not leave it to truly honor the legacy of the man we celebrate today.”
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