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Congressman Mark Pocan

Representing the 2nd District of Wisconsin

Pocan Honors 50th Anniversary of March on Washington

Aug 28, 2013
Press Release
Pocan calls for continued vigilance against threats to our right to vote

MADISON, WI—U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan (WI-02) today released the following statement on the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, which featured Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., delivering his historic “I Have a Dream” speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.

“As we mark the 50th anniversary of the historic March on Washington, we recognize the tremendous progress our nation has made, both in the halls of our legislatures and in the hearts of our people. But the efforts to live up to Dr. King’s call to “make real the promises of democracy” continue. While the March on Washington is largely credited with inspiring the passage of the landmark Voting Right Act of 1965, we now face renewed threats to our fundamental right to vote. We do a disservice to the memories of Dr. King and Bayard Rustin if we do not protect against forces wishing to promote the rights of certain citizens while limiting those of others.

“That is why I have introduced an amendment to the U.S. Constitution enshrining the right to vote. Passage of this amendment will mean that no matter who you are, where you live, or where you come from, every American would have the right to vote, and the ability to protect their individual rights and freedoms. Any less is a disservice to the legacy of the March on Washington.”