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Fight for voting rights and Medicaid continues

The Tuskegee News of Tuskegee, Alabama

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On Wednesday, July 16, citizens and leaders of Macon County joined in a press conference in front of the office of Attorney General Luther Strange before joining in support of a youth rally, for the extension of Medicaid on the steps of the State Capitol. The events were organized by the youth leadership of SOS (Save Ourselves for Democracy and Justice).

The purpose of the press conference was to continue to send the message loud and clear to Attorney General Luther Strange that our fight for voting rights in Macon County continues and that we cannot and we will not stop until we have VictoryLand fully reopened and the more than 2,000 jobs that were lost restored.

We will not stop until we have restored the millions of dollars that we are losing for our schools, our city, our county, our charities and other agencies and organizations which benefited economically from VictoryLand.

We want the Attorney General and everyone to know that in addition to our verbal and physical protests, we are continuing our fight in the Federal Court. We are also preparing to use, at the next opportunity, the very right to vote that he and Governor Bentley are not respecting by closing VictoryLand, to elect state officials who will see to it that our voting rights are not violated as he and others have done in the past.

In addition we want him to know that fighting with us for jobs and justice are the citizens from Greene County whose voting rights have also been violated by the closing of their gaming industries and the state-wide members of SOS.

We joined in support of the youth in their rally on the steps of the State Capitol because we must also continue to send a message to Governor Robert Bentley that we will not be satisfied until Medicaid is extended in the state of Alabama.

Extending Medicaid would mean that approximately 300,000 Al abamians would benefit from health care and more than 30,000 jobs would be created.

The only apparent reason the Governor refuses to extend Medicaid is because he is opposed to President Obama's Affordable Health Care Law. That is no reason to be responsible for the death of the many Alabamians who will die for lack of health care if Medicaid is not extended.

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Original Publication Date: July 17, 2014

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