REPORT: Why dozens of black senior citizens were ordered off a bus taking them to vote (Photos, Video)
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Dozens of black senior citizens were ordered off a bus taking them to vote this week in Georgia.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that the bus was preparing to leave a county-operated senior center when the center director told them to get off.
The article goes on to state the following:
LaTosha Brown, co-founder of Black Voters Matter, the group who arranged for the bus to take the seniors to vote early, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that a county clerk called the senior center to raise concerns about the bus.
Brown said that Black Voters Matter had secured permission from the senior center for the event.
“We knew it was an intimidation tactic,” Brown said. “It was really unnecessary. These are grown people.”
Jefferson County Administrator Adam Brett told the AJC that the county considered the transporting of the group to be “political activity,” which would violate county policy, since they operate they senior center.
“…someone apparently saw the bus, painted with the words ‘The South is Rising Tour,’ and called county government offices…” https://t.co/hfePO8Y6Xn
— Dan Zak (@MrDanZak) October 17, 2018
— AJC (@ajc) October 16, 2018
— The Hill (@thehill) October 17, 2018
There’s more to the story than has been told:https://t.co/YbQL1qmcz5
— Karoli (@Karoli) October 17, 2018
“The “South is Rising Tour” sponsored by Black Voters Matter aims to spur more African Americans to vote in November’s crucial midterm elections.” https://t.co/8buzQsYD58
— Ava Gabrielle (@LuvAvaGabrielle) August 25, 2018
“Government officials in an east Georgia county told about 40 African-American senior citizens to get off a bus taking them to vote Monday, leading to complaints of voter suppression.”
— Jeffrey Ballou (@jpballoujourn1) October 16, 2018
Give this a watch–BlackVotersMatter Tour https://t.co/uWMBlupMjz
— hivelady2018 (@hivelady2018) October 13, 2018
— Jazlyn ™ (@jazlyn_fuller) September 19, 2018
Tomorrow join us and @BlackVotersMtr for the “South Is Rising Tour” as we organize ourselves and Stand in our Power. The Nov. 6th election is about us & OUR POWER.@FISK1866 at 5:30 pm (in front of the chapel) & @TSUedu at 7:00 pm (at John Merritt Plaza/Across from Hale Stadium.) pic.twitter.com/SHM4bIaL3R
— Community Oversight Nashville (@OversightNow) September 9, 2018
— ko “that’s it” bragg. (@keaux_) September 5, 2018
They are hiring a security detail for the bus. Please consider a donation to keep Black Voters Matter: The South Is Rising tour bus moving and doing great work!
BLACK VOTERS MATTER . @BLMDirector @BLMNational @BLMCHI https://t.co/Cgvysulkrb#BLM #Resist #stopwhitesupremacy
— Lynette Hish (@lynettehish) September 3, 2018
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