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December 21st, 2011

NAACP documentary defends voting rights

Washington, D.C. - The NAACP, in collaboration with Brave New Foundation, recently released a documentary short chronicling the modern-day attack on voting rights and the fight to defend the right to vote. Titled "We Will Stand", the film exposes the significantly negative impact that voter photo ID laws will have on our ability to cast a ballot.

The film highlights the new voter photo identification law in South Carolina and introduces viewers to Brenda Williams, a community doctor who is fighting back by donating both her time and money to help her indigent patients get their identification.

"Dr. Williams is a hero in her community - but she cannot do it alone. It is going to take the efforts of people everywhere to help strengthen our front line and ensure our right to vote in 2012 and beyond," stated NAACP president and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous. "The right to vote empowers us to defend our other rights. Enemies of justice will target your voting rights to take away the rest of your rights, knowing that when they come for your right to vote, the whole house of cards we call democracy starts to fall."

In addition to the film, the NAACP has taken several steps to raise awareness of the attacks on voting rights. Last Saturday, the NAACP led a coalition of thousands in the "Stand for Freedom" march and rally in New York City to protest the voting rights attacks. Last week, the civil rights organization also released "Defending Democracy: Confronting Modern Barrier to Voting Rights in America", a report that looks at the current state voter suppression efforts and lays out a road map to defeat them.

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