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Oh the emotions!

June 26, 2013

The last 26 or so hours have been quite the roller coaster. Happily, the bulk of the emotions as of now are wonderful!

It started with bad news: the U.S. Supreme Court yesterday morning struck down the 1965 Voting Rights Act, because, apparently, racism is dead. If you haven’t read up on this news yet, here’s the New York Times coverage, and here’s coverage from PBS Newshour (video).

Of course, one of my heros, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, wrote a dissent described multiple times on my Twitter feed as “fiery” – here’s a compilation of her best lines and arguments. At least one other constitutional law expert also disagrees, as do leaders of major African American advocacy groups like the NAACP, and the Black Women’s Health Imperative – oh, and also President Obama.

There is always room to do more: join the campaign to restore voting rights.

I haven’t had the chance to read up on this as much as I would have liked, because about an hour after learning of the SCOTUS ruling my attention was taken up by the amazing badassery of Texan women, largely, and especially Texas Senator Wendy Davis. The drama was intense last night as the whole world watched the Texas Senate. Cecile Richards was there, of course, and also covers the action & why it’s important for everyone. *Update! Check out Andrea Grimes’ recap of the top 9 moments of the WHOLE battle – not just last night, but the Texas House of Representatives’ hearing last week, too.

Now this morning, DOMA and Prop 8 are officially dead. No H8.

SCOTUS can do so much good, yet, the justices are clearly not always on the side of the people as opposed to the power (state governments). They don’t seem to see the issues as all interconnected in the same way that many activists like me and you do. Texas continues to be a great case in point. Senator Davis used the Voting Rights Act to protect her seat and continue her fight for fairness for all Texans, no matter their race, sex, income, geography, etc. And within a few hours of SCOTUS declaring the Voting Rights Act dead, the Texas Attorney General sought to put a discriminatory law previously struck down by the VRA into effect, immediately.

I think I will take some time to bask in the happy news today – and then as usual it’s back to work. What do you think?

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  1. samanthalifson permalink*
    June 26, 2013 5:23 pm

    I so agree; It’s so important to feel these victories fully when we have them. Definitely a rollercoaster few days!

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