Radio Announcer Says He Won’t Eat Until Congress Passes Voting Rights Legislation

An African-American radio host says he won’t eat until Congress passes voting rights legislation.

“As a political protest, today I am on a hunger strike by refraining from solid food until Congress approves, and President BidenJoe Biden Nicaragua Ortega Prepares to Win Election Amid International Criticism Representative Gosar Releases Anime Video Showing Him Hitting Biden, Ocasio-Cortez Overnight Energy & Environment – Presented By ExxonMobil – Activists Cry Over COP26 Draft MORE signs, the Freedom of Voting Act or the John lewisJohn Lewis: Is American democracy sustained by life? US Navy Launches Boat to Commemorate Gay Rights Activist Harvey Milk To Counter Racial Politics, Congress Must Protect Federal Voting Rights for All MORE Law for the Promotion of the Right to Vote ”, Joe Madison, host of SiriusXM Urban View, said on your Monday show.

“And I repeat, just as food is necessary to sustain life, the right to vote is necessary to sustain democracy,” he said.

Last week, Senate Republicans blocked the legislative body from starting debate on a voting rights bill named after the late Representative. John lewis (D-Ga.).

Other voting rights legislation – the bills would have gone beyond strengthening the Voting Rights Act of 1965 – has also failed to advance in the Senate this year. Last week’s version got two key moderate votes in Sen. Lisa murkowski (R-Alaska) and Sen. Joe manchin (DW.Va.), but still failed to get the 60 votes needed to move forward.

Madison, a progressive broadcaster and longtime activist, said acting “is not just a catchphrase” for him.

“It’s what drives me and inspires me,” he said. “So I started this hunger strike, I must say this, in solidarity – let me repeat, in solidarity – with all who are calling on Congress and the President of the United States to protect our voting rights.”

Over the summer, President Biden implored members of both parties on Capitol Hill to take swift action on voting rights, saying such action is necessary to combat laws in Republican-controlled states that he and other prominent Democrats they have argued that they are trying to suppress minority votes.

“Perhaps most of all, it means continuing the cause John was willing to give his life for: protecting the sacred right to vote,” Biden said in July. “Since the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s we have seen such relentless attacks on the right to vote and the integrity of our elections, from the Big Lie to the January 6 insurrection and new waves of voter suppression. and a new front of electoral subversion “.

Improving voting rights is one of the issues that some Democrats and outside advocacy groups have cited as an action item that cannot be achieved with the current Senate debate rules in place. In September, a renewed push to advance the legislation was accompanied by calls by several Democratic senators to abolish legislative obstructionism.

“I’m here to say that at some point we have to turn these moments into movements,” Madison said on her radio show. “And the difference between a moment and a movement is sacrifice. And although this is a moral and political cause for me, it is a component of a much larger movement.”

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