Statement by NEA President Dennis Van Roekel Commemorating the Selma to Montgomery March
Voting rights resources available for election 2012
WASHINGTON - March 05, 2012 -
“In March 1965, thousands marched to claim their democratic right of political expression. Their brave steps not only changed our country forever, but gave a voice and a vote to an entire generation. The bravery and willingness of these men and women to stand up for what they believed in is a crowning example of the American promise of liberty and justice for all.
“This week we remember and honor the commitment of all those who stood up for the rights of disenfranchised Americans, and we celebrate their courage.
“NEA believes that the right to vote and to have that vote count is integral to a democratic society. We are committed to helping ensure the right of all Americans to be fully engaged in our representative democracy. We have united with others across the nation who are organized and fighting against deliberate and systematic attempts to prevent millions of voters from exercising their constitutional right to engage in the democratic process.”
NEA has resources available to help you learn more about what you can do to protect the right to vote:
- visit http://www.educationvotes.nea.org/voterprotection/, to learn about new and restrictive voting laws in states across the country
- To register to vote, visit http://www.educationvotes.nea.org/voterprotection/ and click on the “Rock the Vote” logo.
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