February 2, 2023

Human and civil rights activist, acclaimed political commentator and SiriusXM City View (Ch. 126) host Joe Madison is on day 68 of his starvation strike for voting laws. Discover out extra about his resolution beneath and listen to him discuss it on his podcast, Joe Madison the Black Eagle.

Madison, who admits that he’s keen to die for the trigger, has misplaced 23 kilos to date in his quest to get the Freedom to Vote Act or the John Lewis Voting Rights Development Act signed, sealed and delivered. The starvation strike is supposed to attract parallels between the need of voting rights to maintain democracy very like meals is crucial for sustaining life. All through this journey, Madison has vowed to not devour any strong meals till Congress takes motion in mild of the introduction of over 400 payments proposing voting restrictions in 49 states final yr.


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“I’m not going to have my youngsters, grandchildren and great-grandchildren undergo what our ancestors went via,” Madison stated. “The distinction between a second and a motion is sacrifice.”

The Freedom to Vote Act goals to protect elections from voter suppression, gerrymandering, partisan sabotage and monetary affect. The FTVA’s objectives embrace making election day a nationwide vacation, requiring states to simply accept mail-in votes and restoring voter rights to previously incarcerated civilians, to call just a few. John Lewis Voting Rights Development Act would restore and strengthen elements of the Voting Act of 1965, which was enacted to make sure voter safety in states with histories of discrimination.

And regardless of Martin Luther King Jr. Day on the horizon, Madison has no plans to have a good time and can as an alternative deal with it as one other day of motion in honor of what activists earlier than him would have anticipated.


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“No celebration with out laws,” Madison declared.

Hear Madison share common updates on his starvation strike — which has drawn consideration and assist from bestselling creator Don Winslow, acclaimed filmmaker and comic Judd Apatow, CNN anchor Don Lemon, Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (who shared encouraging commentary on The Dean Obeidallah Present this week) and plenty of others — on SiriusXM City View.For extra details about City View, click on right here.


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