Statement from Marc H. Morial, president and CEO of the National Urban League, re: Today's White House Meeting on the Voting Rights Act:
Earlier today, President Barack Obama, Attorney General Eric Holder, Labor Secretary Tom Perez, and White House Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett held a meeting with civil rights leaders as well as state and local elected officials at the White House to discuss strengthening the Voting Rights Act and safeguarding every eligible American’s right to vote.
Supreme Court Ruling On Shelby Erases 50 Years of Progress on Voting Rights
What the Supreme Court Decided:
In a 5-to-4 decision announced today, the Supreme Court held that the formula used in Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act to determine which states must receive preclearance for voting law changes was unconstitutional. This With this decision, the Court effectively turns back the clock and erases the voting protections guaranteed in the Constitution.
Marc H. Morial, President and CEO of the National Urban League, comments on this week's Supreme Court Civil Rights Decisions:
As we near the 50 year celebration of the height of the Civil Rights Movement, the Supreme Court ruled on two significant civil rights cases this week - today on Shelby County v. Holder re: the Voting Rights Act and yesterday on Fisher v. University of Texas re: affirmative action.