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Marc Veasey


Marc Veasey is a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives, representing the 33rd district of Texas.[1]

He is from Fort Worth, and is married to Tonya Veasey.

He was previously a State Representative from Texas.

Background

Marc Veasey was born and raised in North Texas where he and his wife Tonya make their home in Fort Worth, Marc Veasey earned a degree from Texas Wesleyan University, where he studied Mass Communication.[2]

Veasey worked as a substitute teacher and sportswriter, as well as writing scripts for an advertising agency. One summer, he volunteered for United States Representative Martin Frost, and was hired as a field representative. Veasey worked for Frost for five years.

State House

Marc Veasey was elected to the State House in November 2004 representing District 95.His colleagues quickly recognized his leadership and elected him Chair of the House Democratic Caucus where he has served as both a party leader and a coalition builder. [3]

Supported Progressive Health Care Reform

In late 2009, Marc Veasey was one of more than 1,000 state legislators to sign a letter entitled "State Legislators for Progressive Health Care Reform". The letter was a project of the Progressive States Network and was developed in consultation with national health care reform advocates, including the AFL-CIO, AFSCME, Community Catalyst, Families USA, Herndon Alliance, National Women's Law Center, Northeast Action, SEIU, and Universal Health Care Action Network. The letter reads in part,[4]

"Failure to pass national comprehensive health reform now will further jeopardize state and local budgets, undermining public services like education, public safety, and transportation infrastructure... We, the undersigned, call on President Obama and the Congress to enact bold and comprehensive health care reform this year – based on these principles and a strong federal-state collaboration – and pledge our support as state legislators and allies in pursuit of guaranteed, high quality, affordable health care for all."

Labor backing

According to Texas Communist Party USA member Jim Lane, in 2012, "the labor movement focused on Democratic Party races. Of these, the most critical was newly-created Congressional District 33 where pro-labor candidate Marc Veasey battled with Domingo Garcia in the runoff. Republicans in state government had set the stage by creating one district that contained a majority of Latinos living in Dallas and a minority of African Americans living in Fort Worth. That one mixed district was the total of new "Democratic" districts, while the Republicans gave themselves three.

The news media made District 33 "Black versus Hispanic" and "Dallas versus Fort Worth." The labor unions of both counties were early Veasey supporters because of the public records of the two candidates. When the results were final, Veasey publicly thankedd his union supporters and named several of them, most notably from the Auto Workers and the Machinists, in his victory speech".[5]

UAW Retiree Meeting - March 8, 2012

According to writer Gene Lantz

UAW Local 848 is in the center of one of the most important congressional districts in Texas. Congressional District 33 takes in most of Southeast Fort Worth and Southwest Dallas plus a strip in between that includes our union hall and the Triumph plant. Our speaker, Marc Veasey, is presently a Texas Rep from District 95 in Ft Worth and is one of five announced candidates for this special district.

He said that the biggest issue in the elections will be jobs. The extended jobs crisis is bad for everybody, but it’s even worse for the Latinos and African Americans living in CD33. Another issue of special interest to our retirees is voter suppression, because so many older people may find it much harder to vote in the near future because of Republican-backed changes in election laws.
President Romeo Munoz asked Veasey several pointed questions and was pleased with the responses. Veasey is proud of his 100% pro-labor record in the State House, and expects to carry it on in the U.S. Congress. He will continue his Labor Steering Council. He told the retirees, “I don’t play any games. I’ve always been for labor. 100%!”[6]

Friend of Gene Lantz

Gene Lantz, Marc Veasey, Elaine Lantz, and Leah Witherspoon, Veasey Facebook page

Mark Veasey claims to be a friend of Texas Communist Party USA member Gene Lantz.

Gene Lantz, Elaine Lantz, and Leah Witherspoon visited February 20 2013, at Congressman Marc Veasey's Dallas office, representing the Texas Alliance of Retired Americans.[7]

The Texas Alliance for Retired Americans continues its blistering trail of actions on behalf of retiree rights. This morning, February 20, we visited the new congressman of the new District 33, Marc Veasey. Leah Witherspoon, Elaine Lantz, and I thankedd the Congressman for his work so far. We checked to make sure that he will be listening to veteran Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson. The two are close friends, and we were very pleased to receive his assurance that he values her positions on seniors' issues as much as we do.
The first topic was the "sequester" cuts that are supposed to hit the federal budget on March 1. Unlike most of his colleagues, this Freshman Congressman bears none of the blame for having put us in the situation of seeing dramatic cuts that might set out economy back just when we need more thrust forward. Congressman Veasey, like all of us, is worried that the cuts may actually happen this time. They were originally scheduled for January 1, but they "kicked the can down the road" to March 1. The actual agreement came about in Summer of 2011, but all those who negotiated it and voted for it then are denying it now.

We also talked about some of the more confusing legislation that is being presented. We told the Congressman that we are against means testing and extending the age to qualify for Medicare, even if President Obama hinted in his State of the Union Address that he might negotiate on them. We also explained the intricacies of the "Chained CPI" issue that is really just a cut in Social Security retirement benefits despite its bewildering explanation.
Congressman Veasey is terrific for seniors.
--Gene Lantz, President[8]

'Tradition of placing signs at polling places' for Marc Veasey

,Texas Alliance for Retired Americans members Judy Bryant, Eddie Morgan, Billy Betts and Hobie Hukill post photo supportive of Marc Veasey

In March 2018, TARA posted the following on Facebook:

"Dallas TARA members (l-r) Judy Bryant, Eddie Morgan, Billy Betts and Hobie Hukill continue a tradition of placing signs at polling places for Cong. Marc Veasey, a true friend of working families and retirees. — with Judy Bryant, Eddie Morgan, Billy Betts and Hobie Hukill.

TARA event

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Tony Padilla, Secretary for the Texas Alliance for Retired Americans in Dallas, Texas May 3, 2013, greeted guests at a Fiesta Dinner to Honor Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson.

"Greetings and Good evening Brothers and Sisters, President Gene Lantz, Officers of Board of the TARA, Vice President Emeritus of the National AFL-CIO Linda Chavez Thompson, Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson, Congressman Marc Veasey, Officers of the National Board of ARA, Members and Distinguished Guests.

Today is a very special night as we honor congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson, and it is a historical night for seniors.

Congressman Marc Veasey, we also want to say thank you for the support you give to seniors and the Machinist union on issues before congress, and for your contribution to honoring Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson on this very special historical night.[9]

The photographer was Communist Party USA member Jim Rivers.

Endorsed by communists

Democratic Precinct Chair Elaine Lantz, and her husband Gene Lantz, both involved with the Communist Party USA, endorsed Marc Veasey in his 2012 run for Congress.[10]

Immigration reform

On March 8th, 2013, the "newly-elected progressive congressman from Dallas/Fort Worth, Marc Veasey", hosted a forum with local political and community leaders to talk about immigration reform. The main attraction was Congressman Luis Gutierrez of Chicago, who was touring the country to spread information and hope for genuine change in the present session of Congress.

The first set of panelists Dallas City Councilwoman Monica Alonzo, Constable Beth Villareal, Congressman Veasey, Congressman Gutierrez, and State Representative Roberto Alonzo. The second panel included businessman David Alameel, College Trustee Diana Flores, Tarrant County (Fort Worth) Community College Chancellor Erma Johnson Hadley, and Dallas County Community College Chancellor Wright Lassiter.

Congressman Gutierrez stressed the importance of Black/Brown unity on the immigration issue. He said that all 40 members of the Congressional Black Caucus had voted for the Dream Act to benefit young Latinos. He said, "If there is a community that understands racism, bigotry... it is the African American community, and I just want to thank them!"

He particularly applauded the new African American Congressman Veasey, because Veasey had not waited to be asked, but had sought Gutierrez out on the House floor to volunteer to help with immigration reform. Gutierrez also pointed out that immigration reform would benefit all races, not just Latinos. He expects, for example, to see 80,000 Haitians documented this year!

Gutierrez gave his ideas on the essential elements of the coming agreement. He said it will include a path to citizenship. Immigrants on that path will have a renewable work permit. Gutierrez did not qualify his remarks with "if" or "maybe," but affirmed throughout the discussion that meaningful immigration reform will happen in 2013! "Yes, I see a lot of hope," he answered directly to a question from the audience.

As Congressman Veasey put it, "Comprehensive immigration reform and immigrants are good for America. That's the bottom line![11]

TOP immigration forum

Texas Organizing Project (TOP), and North Texas Immigration Coalition (NTIC) hosted an immigration reform town hall meeting with special guest Congressman Marc Veasey (TX-33) Saturday, Aug. 31 2013 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Grace Fellowship in Christ Jesus Church, located at 411 S. Westmoreland Rd. in Oak Cliff. The town hall was free and open to the public.

“Every immigrant comes to our country with hope, determination and optimism – reinvigorating America and making America more American,” said Congressman Veasey. “During the 113th Congress, we have a real opportunity to pass comprehensive immigration reform that adheres to our basic American principles. I look forward to hearing from Dallas residents on this proposed policy measure that will modernize our immigration system and help grow our economy while reuniting families.”

The town hall featured a presentation on the comprehensive immigration reform proposal brought to Congress earlier this summer, testimonials from Dallas residents whose lives have been impacted by our nation’s broken immigration system, a “Question & Answer” panel on the immigration reform debate, as well as a keynote address from Congressman Veasey.[12]

No to TPP

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February 2015, CWAers, Texas Organizing Project, and Sierra Club members met with Rep. Marc Veasey, Democrat of Texas's 33rd District (seated), calling him to reject Fast Track for bad trade deals, especially the TPP. Veasey committed to Vote No on Fast Track and said he has serious concerns about the TPP and how it could harm his constituents. Texas Organizing Project, along with Sierra Club, has mobilized their members around the TTP fight. [13]

Voter ID case

A federal appeals court ruled June 2016 that Texas’ controversial voter ID law discriminates against minorities and ordered temporary changes be put in place before the November election.

In a 9-6 vote, the New Orleans-based 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals dealt a blow to Republican leaders in Texas by saying the law, considered the most restrictive of its kind in the country, violates a key section of the Voting Rights Act. It still will be enforced during the November presidential election, but a lower court will have to come up with a way to remedy the law’s “discriminatory effect.”

The 5th Circuit bounced the case back to a federal judge in Corpus Christi to come up with a interim fix before the election to accommodate Texans who cannot obtain one of seven forms of approved identification. A more comprehensive solution will have to be put in place after the next election.

“This is a huge win for hundreds of thousands of Texas voters,” said Chad Dunn, a Houston lawyer representing U.S. Rep. Marc Veasey, D-Fort Worth, and the League of United Latin American Citizens in the case.

Dunn said he knows plenty of people in the Houston area who have not been able to vote because of the law, but they would go to bed Wednesday “with a smile on their face.”

Mary Moreno, a spokeswoman for the Texas Organizing Project, an advocacy group, said she hoped the courts would quickly and aggressively move to make it easier to vote and that state officials would follow suit.

“It is really embarrassing for us that Texas is near the bottom of voter participation,” she said. “We would really like for our elected officials to focus on enrolling the electorate than trying to find ways to exclude people.”

Moreno said the voter ID law had a direct impact in making voting harder for a relative of a coworker. The relative, Moreno said, had registered to vote in the primaries but only had a school identification card, which is not accepted under the law.

Passed by the state’s Republican-led Legislature in 2011, the law was not used until 2013, when the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the preclearance provision of the Voting Rights Act. The law since has been used in three statewide elections.

Young people whose most easily accessible identification is issued by a school are among those who have been most affected by the voter ID law, according to Blake Green, the former deputy director of the Houston-based Texas League of Young Voters, which educates and registers voters on high school and college campuses.

Carlos Duarte, the Texas state director for Mi Familia Vota, which is headquartered in Houston, said the 5th Circuit’s decision could be particularly powerful because of who issued it.

“The fact that this is a conservative court goes to show this is a nonpartisan issue and that one of the cornerstones of our democracy is the right to vote,” Duarte said. “We are really happy with the decision, and we urge the court to come up with a remedy in time for the November election.”[14]

JwJ May Day event

On Saturday, August 31, 2013, Jobs with Justice and the Worker Rights Board hosted a Labor Day action: “Can’t Survive on $7.25!” which included the first Annual Dallas Labor Day March and Rally since the 1940s. The purpose of the actions, which included a discussion panel involving state and

national representatives as well as representatives from the AFL-CIO and OURWalmart, was to bring to attention the plight of workers with minimum wage jobs. The members of the panel Congressman Marc Veasey, Texas House Representative Roberto Alonzo, the AFL-CIO’s Education Director Rick Leavey, and OURWalMart organizer Colby Harris, along with the moderator, Professor Dr. Joerg Rieger, discussed this issue and offered some insights.

First to speak was Congressman Veasey, who represents District 33 (Oak Cliff). Not earning enough is not a question of laziness, he explained, as even if a person worked full time a minimum wage job would only earn them $15,000 a year. Veseay says he will continue to fight for a higher minimum wage, mentioning that he is the co-sponsor of the Minimum Wage Act that is currently going through Congress. This bill, HR 1010, will raise the minimum wage to $8.50/hour in three months, and from there to $10.10/hour over the next two years to keep pace with inflation.[15]

Congressional Black Caucus

Rep. Veasey joined the Congressional Black Caucus, at a press conference, urging the Senate to move on African American judicial nominees. [16]

PDA contact

In 2013 Progressive Democrats of America assigned activists to deliver their material to almost every US Congressman and several Senators. Robert Seltzer, was assigned as contact for Rep. Veasey.[17]

Texas Alliance for Retired Americans

ARA endorsement, 2012

The Alliance for Retired Americans endorsed Marc Veasey in 2012.[18]

Mid-Cities TARA

Congressman Marc Veasey had no trouble holding the attention of 31 retirees at the Mid-Cities Chapter meeting on October 31, 2013. His record on retiree issues is second to none. He spoke at length on the shameful cuts to SNAP, the Supplemental Nutrition program, that took effect the following day. Veasey pointed out that many seniors are barely making it now, and these cuts make the situation much more perilous.

The Congressman has also championed the retirees in the fight against voter suppression in Texas. He launched the basic lawsuit against it and has accepted the help of other progressives, including the Dallas County Commissioners Court. Voter suppression flies in the face of this nation's commitment to democracy and freedom for all.

The group met in the Betty Warmack Library, 760 Bardin in Grand Prairie. President Brenda Warner, Vice President Jeannettea Flores, and other volunteers "put out a fine spread of food".[19]

TARA endorsement

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On August 19, 2014, the Texas Alliance for Retired Americans announced the endorsement of Rep. Marc Veasey for re-election, at an event in Grand Prairie celebrating Social Security's 79th anniversary.[20]

Electoral help

In 2014 Cong. Marc Veasey's campaign asked Texas Alliance for Retired Americans to place his signs at polling places in Oak Cliff and West Dallas.

This is a good way to thank him for his strong support of working families and retirees. If you'd like to join us, please reply to this email or call me.
Judy Bryant, Field Organizer Texas Alliance for Retired Americans.[21]

ARA PAF endorsement, 2014

The Alliance for Retired Americans Political Action Fund endorsed Marc Veasey in 2014.[22]

Office visit, July 2007

Congressman Marc Veasey's District Director Anne Hagen was visited by Gene Lantz, Ethel Castaneda, Ada French Goring, Grace Akbar, Rose Brown, Ben Willett, and Tony Chenevert, July 2007.[23]

TARA fundraiser

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The Texas Alliance for Retired Americans honored Congressman Marc Veasey at their fund raiser at UAW 848 union hall on May 29, 2015. Ray Kramer of CWA and Carl Johnson of APWU each delivered tributes. Judy Bryant presented the award. Filmed by Kim Thomas and edited by Gene Lantz.[24]

2016 meeting

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Texas Alliance for Retired Americans Facebook page February 18 2016, carred a picture of a meeting between the Congressman and TARA. ·

With Lewis Fulbright, Cong Marc Veasey, Ray Kramer, Gene Lantz, Maralyn Hamaker and Jim Rivers.

TARA "friend"

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Marc Veasey is TARA's "friend".

TexasVoter ID lawsuit

Texas Alliance for Retired Americans September 10, 2016;

Our friend, Cong Marc Veasey, the lead plaintiff in the TexasVoter ID lawsuit, spoke about many situations leading to the legislation being passed.

Putting out signs for Veasey

Texas Alliance for Retired Americans, November 8, 2016;

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It's become an election eve tradition for TARA to post polling place signs for our friend of working families and retirees, Cong. Marc Veasey. Thanks to Linda Coleman, James Kille, Eddie Morgan and Rick Schoolcraft who were super volunteers and much appreciated by Field Organizer Judy Bryant.

Cuddling up to Communists

Marc Veasey with Elaine Lantz, and Gene Lantz, April 2016

TARA award

Gene Lantz September 3 2018:

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With Eddie Morgan, Susan Duarte, Judy Bryant, Dan Wood, Marc Veasey, Ada French-Goring, Barbara Jo Rojas, Maggie Kramer, George Nolan.

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Breakfast with the AFL-CIO

At the 2014 Dallas AFL-CIO Labor Day breakfast, Texas AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer John Patrick said: "We must focus for the next 64 days on the November elections. We consider this to be a life or death struggle!"

Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson: "Today begins a new era in Texas politics. You can do it!"

Texas Lieutenant Governor Candidate Leticia Van de Putte: "Nothing is as important as education for our children! ...I call for an end to high stakes testing in Texas schools. We have to get back to where our teachers can teach! ...This election is not about us. It is about our children and grandchildren!"

Other speakers included Congressman Marc Veasey, County Judge Clay Jenkins, American Federation of Teachers leader Rena Honea, Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1338 President Kenneth Day, and others representing efforts to win wage increases and win the November elections.[25]

PowerPAC+ supported Elected and Appointed Leadership

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Victory

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"Social Justice Champions"

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PowerPAC+ 2014 "Social justice Champions" - Marc Veasey, Hector Balderas, Pete Aguilar, Steven Horsford, Pete Gallego.

Blue Collar Caucus

North Texas labor leaders gathered at UAW 848 in Grand Prairie on August 3 2017 to meet Askia Suruma, the new Chief of Staff for labor's champion, Congressman Marc Veasey. He was introduced by Jane Hamilton, who is returning to Dallas from the Washington office.

Suruma started by addressing labor's hopes that President Trump would create a job-building infrastructure program as he promised. Suruma summarized, “He promised infrastructure building but he hasn’t done anything.” Suruma said that Congressman Veasey is Co-Chair, along with Congressman Brendan Boyle of Pennsylvania, of the Blue Collar Caucus.[27]

Ride to Revive Section 5

A group of sixty community activists from Alabama went to Washington, D. C. in six vans from Sunday to Tuesday (June 24-27, 2017) to support the Voting Rights Advancement Act (VRAA), HR 2948, introduced last week by Alabama Congresswoman Terri Sewell.

The bill was introduced on the eve of the fourth anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Shelby vs, Holder decision, which gutted Sections 4 and 5 of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.

The bill also carefully defines what constitutes a voting rights violation and which election changes must be submitted for pre-clearance. Congresswoman Terri Sewell said, “The VRAA is an advancement bill, it advances voting rights throughout the country. Under this bill, all eleven states that were part of the Confederacy, including Alabama, as well as other political subdivisions around the nation and on tribal lands would be covered and subject to the pre-clearance provisions.”

The VRAA would classify voting changes such as strict voter photo identification requirements, and voter registration requirements to be reviewed and possibly overturned if they were deemed to be more stringent than the requirements in Section 303b of the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) of 2002.The VRAA, HR 2948, has 182 co-sponsors in the House of Representatives. They are all Democrats. And the companion legislation S.1490 in the Senate has 46 co-sponsors, also all Democrats, so far.

On Tuesday morning, the Alabama group joined by other activists in Washington from the Rural Coalition, Food and Water Watch, National Family Farm Coalition and other groups had a rally and press conference on the Capitol grounds facing the Cannon House Office Building on Independence Avenue and First Street NE.

The rally had many chants supporting the revival of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act along with civil rights freedom songs. Several Congresspersons, including Terri Sewell, G.K. Butterfield of North Carolina, Marc Veasey of Dallas, Texas and Katherine Clark of Massachusetts addressed the rally. Congressman John Lewis drove by the rally on Independence Avenue and saluted the crowd. On Monday night, the group had a meeting at Howard University Law School, which was addressed by several civil rights veterans, including former D. C. Congressman Walter Fauntroy, Viola Bradford, who wrote for the Southern Courier newspaper in Montgomery, Antonio Harrison, a former Alabama State Senator, who lives and works in D. C. Professor Ardua of the Law School spoke on the need for reparations to address the continuing impact of slavery on Black people.

The Ride to Revive Section 5 was sponsored by the SOS Coalition for Justice and Democracy, Alabama New South Coalition and other local groups in Alabama.[28]

Medicare For All Congressional Caucus founders

In August 2018 Medicare For All Congressional Caucus founding members included Representative Marc Veasey.

References

  1. National Journal "The New Faces of the 113th Congress," November 15, 2012
  2. Veasey campaign website, accessed March 2013
  3. Veasey campaign website, accessed March 2013
  4. Progressive States Network: State Legislators for Progressive Health Care Reform (accessed on Dec. 23, 2010)
  5. PW, Texas elections hinge, so far, on big money, by: Jim Lane August 2 2012
  6. UAW Local 848-Retirees Corner,Retiree Meeting - March 8, 2012,Union Is Critically Situated, By Gene Lantz
  7. TARA website, Today We Visited Congressman Veasey, Tomorrow Senator Cruz
  8. TARA,Today We Visited Congressman Veasey, Tomorrow Senator Cruz
  9. IAM website, Retiree Tony Padilla and others Honors Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson, Mon. May 06, 2013
  10. [ http://www.marcveasey.com/endorsements/, Marc Veasey endorsements. accessed may 8, 2014]
  11. reform moving ahead in Texas, by: Jim Lane , March 14 2013
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  15. [http://wrbdallas.blogspot.com/, Dallas Workers Rights BoardWednesday, September 18, 2013 Labor Day Workers Rights Board Hearing, March, and Rally]
  16. RepVeasey Rep. Marc Veasey 17 Jul @OfficialCBC press conf. urging Senate to move on African American judicial nominees. http://1.usa.gov/13vX7oC pic.twitter.com/q3c3W04D8p
  17. PDA May 2013 Educate Congress Digest Letter drops (191 in total – 105 in April )
  18. PAF
  19. TARA Congressman Veasey Speaks to Mid-Cities TARA
  20. [https://www.flickr.com/photos/retiredamericans/14970804895/in/set-72157622255407423, Alliance for Retired Americans Rep. Marc Veasey Endorsement]
  21. TARA Getting Through the Dallas Area Elections
  22. PAF
  23. TARA Retirees Train "On the Job" for Visiting Congresspersons
  24. Youtube, veaseyhonored, Published on May 30, 2015
  25. articleID=b32952d9-4685-4299-97f5-9fda8f96f54f, Dallas Labor News September 2, 2014
  26. PowerPAC+Elected and Appointed Leadership, accessed Dec. 1 ,2014
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  28. [https://greenecodemocrat.com/tag/alabama-new-south-coalition/Greene County Democrat ‘Ride to Restore Section 5’ grassroots lobbyists push Voting Rights Advancement Act in Washington, D. C. Posted on June 28, 2017 by greenecodemocratcom Special to the Democrat by: John Zippert,]