NAACP: SCOTUS Decision Attack On Minority Vote, Press Conference Wednesday

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The North Carolina NAACP announced it will hold a news conference Wednesday morning in Durham to discuss the Supreme Court decision Tuesday to strike down part of the Voting Rights Act

"Make no mistake, this is a direct attack on the power of the changing vote and power of the African American and minority vote in the South by Tea Party and ultraconservative forces," said Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II, President of the NC NAACP.

"This is a direct attempt to hold on to the Solid South and break the back of the growing 21st century fusion politics movement that is reshaping electoral politics now and for the future."

The court's 5-4 ruling in the case from Alabama frees states and some municipalities with a history of racial discrimination from having to clear changes in voting procedures with the federal government.

That restriction applied to nine states and parts of six others, including most of eastern North Carolina.

The NC NAACP called Tuesday's ruling a "shameful decision to gut one of the crown jewels of the civil rights movement, the Voting Rights Act of 1965."

The news conference will take place at 114 W. Parrish Street in Durham on the 3rd Floor at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday.