Saturday, Dec. 3, the People’s Organization for Progress is hosting a rally and march protesting the election of Donald Trump at noon beginning at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Statue on Martin Luther King Boulevard in Newark.
At the recent State of the Black World Conference, Chairman Lawrence Hamm said that the election was stolen through voter suppression and that as many as 6 million African-American voters were not allowed to participate in the election because of voter suppression strategies.
Hamm attributes those strategies to the Supreme Court’s 2013 decision in the Shelby City, Alabama v. Holder case that ruled a key provision from the Voting Rights Act to be “unconstitutional,” considerably weakening the Act.
The march and rally is one of many mass protests that have sprung up all over the country protesting the election. The purpose of the events is to question the validity of the Electoral College system, call instead for direct elections and bring attention to the weakening of the Voting Rights Act by the Supreme Court and the new voter ID laws that were created in some 33 states.
The march and rally will also be a call for a massive voter registration drive to offset the strategies of suppression in the future and a meeting to organize a statewide conference in March to create a Black agenda to be addressed in the 2017 New Jersey governor’s race.