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Sharpton, Jackson Decry Stand Your Ground Laws and Court's Voting Rights Limits

July 17, 2013

The Rev. Al Sharpton this morning decried Florida's stand-your-ground law as the worst violation of civil rights in the nation and vowed to overturn it, during NAACP's national convention in Orlando.

Citizens should not have to tolerate a law that allows someone to "follow them and kill them and call it self-defense," Sharpton said to a standing ovation.

Earlier, the Rev. Jesse Jackson had warned NAACP members that the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling limiting a key provision of the federal Voting Rights Act could cost black representation in Congress.

"What is under attack is not just the right to vote, but the entire voting infrastructure," Jackson said at the civil rights group's 104th annual convention.

The high court's ruling late last month struck down the formula used to determine whether local jurisdictions must get "pre-clearance" to changes they make to voting laws.

Part of the solution, several speakers said, is for citizens to report any proposed or actual changes to the NAACP in order to document the problem.

Source: (c)2013 The Orlando Sentinel (Orlando, Fla.). Distributed by MCT Information Services.

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