Tens of thousands of voters will be disenfranchised in the April 22nd
election in New Orleans, most of them Black. State officials know it, and
they know how to prevent it - by providing satellite voting for displaced
New Orleanians outside the state of Louisiana. But despite large grassroots
efforts demanding satellite voting, the state has refused to take the
necessary measures for ensuring a valid election process and setting up
satellite voting. The only thing preventing this important election from
becoming a fair election is one signature by one person: Gov. Kathleen
Hillary Charlot and two other displaced survivors are set up below the steps
of the State Capitol. They are taking part in a hunger strike to pressure
Governor K. Blanco to sign an executive order to postpone the election until
satellite voting can be put in place. They will stay until Governor Blanco
takes appropriate action to ensure a fair election, or until the day of the
Please Join Us
For the evacuees' voice to be effective, they need as much support as they
can get. If you can, please join them in Baton Rouge today through the
scheduled 4/22 election date, either to participate in the hunger strike or
to stand in solidarity with them and the cause for a just election.
Contact James Rucker (415.505.9048 or firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have
questions or are able to provide help in any way.
Forward this to anyone you know who might be interested in participating in
or supporting the effort.
(Via Jordan Flaherty.)