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A Supreme Court Split on Voting

  • October 20, 2020

In Milwaukee — a city ranked among the worst places in the nation to be Black according to metrics like employment, education and incarceration — Black voters are hearing an increasingly vocal and unified message from neighbors they trust.

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When Harris debated Vice President Mike Pence this month, about 25 members of Alpha Kappa Alpha’s Marquette University chapter, Mu Beta, gathered for a watch party via Zoom.

“The question about racial justice was really important and could be a deciding factor for voters,” said JaMisha Matos, one of the people on the call.

Camille Willis, who was also watching, noted how Harris attacked Trump’s record on judges. “I didn’t know Trump didn’t appoint any African-Americans to the federal appellate court,” she said.

Jasmine Johnson, 39, who is a member of the Delta Sigma Theta sorority, which is part of the Divine Nine, said in an interview that Harris’s nomination was empowering. “In corporate America, I almost never interact with someone who looks like me” in high-ranking positions, said Johnson, who has a master’s degree in management.

The nomination has also re-energized the coalition Johnson spearheaded in 2018 to merge the efforts of 15 local Black community organizations — including the N.A.A.C.P., Jack and Jill of America, the Milwaukee Urban League, the Links and Divine Nine chapters — to hold voter registration drives and candidate forums and staff local polling sites on Election Day.

While the Divine Nine, like other nonprofit groups, do not endorse political candidates, Johnson said their “unified messaging” emphasized voting and health care rights.

Article source: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/20/us/politics/supreme-court-voting.html

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