Green Party leaders said Tuesday that the closing of 31 driver’s license offices in Alabama proves the need for full restoration of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 as well as other election reforms.
Green Party Black Caucus Co-Chair Thomas Muhammad said, “The government of Alabama made the case for the Voting Rights Act when it shut down 31 driver’s license offices, mostly in counties with black majority populations. Alabama’s restrictive I.D. law was a blatant attempt to obstruct blacks from voting. States are still vulnerable to the kind of abuses that the Voting Rights Act is designed to correct.”
The Green Party said Alabama’s combination of voter I.D. laws and obstruction of black voter registration are just the most recent and conspicuous assault on fair and democratic elections.
California Green U.S. Senate candidate Shamako Noble said, “Voter I.D. laws are one of several ways in which Republicans — and also Democrats — manipulate elections. Another way is gerrymandering by both parties’ lawmakers, especially by Republicans in 2011 to give them virtually permanent control over seats in statehouses and Congress. Democrats and Republicans have conspired to pass ballot access laws that privilege their own candidates and hinder third parties and independents.”
Beginning at the beginning, I will undertake the effort to provide at least some information about each state’s Green Party. Please do not assume that what is written here is complete or even fair, as I will have to depend on what Greens I can find in each state along the way. There is no set time table for these reports so don’t be upset if the state you are most interested in doesn’t get covered as fast as you might like.
The hope is that we can help bring new involvement to each state, and perhaps reinvigorate state parties that have lain somewhat dormant in recent months. Of course many states are not even close to needing any help from me, and in those cases I feel sure that readers will find their own way to use provided links and other resources.
The first state on the list is Alabama.
According to my contact in Alabama the state party is in serious need of new members and new leadership. The party leadership has, by and large, avoided deep involvement in national GP politics and thereby tried to avoid burn-out. Even so, Alabama has not yet become fertile ground for the Green Party. While apparently a bit worn out from years of trying to carry the banner aloft without much support the state’s leadership is committed to the long tern success of the Green Party and our ideals.
The most vital things the current state party leadership wants are new membership and some indication that their efforts will bear fruit.
I invite any readers who live in Alabama, or who have friends or family who live there, to comment here or write me at GreggJocoy@yahoo.com. I believe that Greens who attend the School of the Americas protest at Fort Benning GA will have a chance to meet folks from Alabama who share our Green Values, and while a protest is not enough to build a foundation for a growing Green Party, it may well give the Alabama Greens the sort of fresh ideas and new people they need to get the ball rolling again.
As I explained to my contact in Alabama, my goal is to focus attention on each state one at a time in hopes that we can help make them a bit stronger. This is not a national party effort. No one has “approved” this effort. No one, other than you, is being reported to. No one is responsible for doing anything with this information. It is just an effort by one Green to help other Greens in the belief that we are all stronger if each individual Green is stronger and if each Green has a viable group of other Greens to work with.