Mitchell Reports | March 05, 2012
>>> it has been 47 years since bloody sunday, the attack by alabama state troopers and their dogs on peaceful civil rights demonstrators marching from selma to montgomemontgomery. over the weekend, protesters gathered to march again for what th they describe is a new assault on votesing rights. it's great to see you mark.
>> thanks for having me.
>> let's talk about what you think, what we see as the assault of voter's rights.
>> it's not coincidental, it's an efforts that has reached 34 states where there's been proposelials s to suppress the vote. requirements that could affect as many as five million voters. it's across the fact, alabama, south carolina , texas, tennessee have already passed new voter i said laws. in texas, restrict s the use of student id, but allows the autos of a conceal to carry id, it's bizarre and it demonstrates the sinister nature of this effort.
>> now, are we talking about driver's licenses in most states?
>> in most states that would work, but in a lot of states there's an elimination of student ids and other sorts of government i saids like social security cards and other forms that have been allowed historically. we only had two states before and now we are up to 34 with proposals and seven that have passed and many it's pending. that is why this year, in black america , it's about about preserving the vote.
>> your annual report is coming out on wednesday but this is the preview. you are talking about the building blocks of democracy.
>> it's the right to vote. we are fighting wars overseas to defend democracy in iraq and afghanistan, this is about defending it here in the united states . what we want people to understand is, without the vote, you have no voice when it comes toly schools and education, jobs pau policies and all the things we need to focus on as we try to climb out of a recession.
>> do you think it's a coincidence that it is coming out in an election year?
>> we want voters to understand that the argument of voter fraud is nothing but a smoke screen --
>> kwha is the -- what is the percentage of rovoter fraud?
>> most of it is by the hands of election officials not by voters. indeed the secretary of state in indiana was charged with voter fraud . it's a misplaced remedy and we have to throw heat and light on it. in maine , where you are having a history of same-day registration, it was put to a vote of the people of maine , maine rejected it. so, the voters across nation, the people across the nation are seeing what it's all about.
>> the the signal that we should be sending is vote. the issue is participation, it has been a scandal in the country of the lack of voting compared to what the other people overseas are trying to get.
>> this is a year where we need to be good citizen ises, we need to be participating, thises a year when we -- this is a year when we need to step up to be a part of the conversation. this year of state of black of america will be at howard university on wednesday night, great institution with the student s. we are bringing the message to the campus.
>> it's great to see you, thank you for visiting.