Anti-voter laws worse than Russian meddling

By:  Mary Claire Blakeman

(New America Media) — Although alleged Kremlin connections may ultimately sink Trump’s Presidency, the Rev. William Barber, II, contends that homegrown voter suppression poses a greater threat to U.S. democracy than Russian election tampering.

“Voter suppression hacked our democracy long before any Russian agents meddled in America’s elections,” said Barber, who has gained national interest through his vocal opposition to restrictive voting laws.

In fact, Barber recently announced that he will step down as president of the North Carolina NAACP this month to assume a new role as president and senior lecturer of Repairers of the Breach and will co-lead the Poor People’s Campaign. That campaign—to reignite the one begun by the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., almost 50 years ago—seeks to reorder national priorities to address systemic poverty, racism and the war economy.

Bolstering the effort are recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions that rejected Republican redistricting plans aimed at illegal racial gerrymandering.

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