The Milwaukee Branch of the NAACP and Voces de la Frontera should be congratulated for their efforts resulting in a state Circuit Court judge placing a permanent injunction against Wisconsin’s Voter ID Law, which stops the law from taking effect.
In his decision, Flanagan reportedly said the law was “not sufficiently narrow to avoid needless and significant impairment of the right to vote.”
We think Richard Saks, an attorney working with both civil rights organizations against the ID law said it best during a news conference Tuesday at the NAACP headquarters announcing the victory: “To those 300,000 voters to have to spend $20 or $40, or eight or 10 or 12 hours to get a photo ID, that’s what the judge found to be an unreasonable voter’s burden.”
If the decision is upheld at the state Supreme Court level, voters won’t be incumbered by this modern day version of the “poll tax” in the upcoming August 14 election and–hopefully–the presidential election in November.
Through his work on this ruling, as well as pro-active initiatives focusing on unemployment, police conduct, education and the need to develop new visionary leaders for the future, Milwaukee NAACP Branch President James Hall has made the organization relevant again for Black Milwaukeeans.
Hall has kept the promise he made when he was running for the position to make the NAACP in Milwaukee the go-to civil rights organization in the city. The branch is a reflection of what we see as a renaissance of the national organization under the leadership of Benjamin Jealous.
The NAACP’s partnership with Voces de la Frontera points to another seachange: The necessary joining of Black and Latino civil rights organizations to protect and defend the rights guaranteed under the U.S. Constitution of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
We hope this partnership will continue and spark other ethnic organizations to do the same for not only the protection of civil rights, but the creation of economic opportunities that will be beneficial for everyone involved regardless of race.
Those who doubt alliances between different ethnic groups are possible should look back on Tuesday on what the NAACP and Voces accomplished; working together to protect the most precious right an American can have…the right to vote!