I have received the below announcement to “community leaders” from Al Sharpton. In it, Sharpton announces that his race-baiting tour is coming to the Commonwealth of Virginia. He plans on teaching people how to “combat” new “restrictive” voting requirements such as Virginia voter ID, which was approved by his allies in Eric Holder’s Justice Department. One wonders how he plans to “combat” the law.
Sharpton probably won’t mention his role in the deaths of Angelina Marrero, Cynthia Martinez, Luz Ramos, Mayra Rentas, Olga Garcia, Garnette Ramautar and Kareem Brunner. His allies and friends (like Eric Holder) don’t like to think about the time Sharpton’s race-baiting preceded the fiery murder of these people at Freddie’s Fashion Mart. Fashion Mart?
Yes, for those of you who don’t know and don’t click the link, this says it all:
The Sharpton-led protests began in August and came to a head on the morning of Friday, December 8th when Roland James Smith, Jr., who had been part of the Sharpton’s protests, walked into Freddy’s Fashion Mart, pulled out a gun, ordered all the black customers to leave, spilled paint thinner on several bins of clothing and set them on fire.
Sharpton is a reprehensible race baiter who should never escape his past unless he publicly atones. That Eric Holder associates with Sharpton’s sort tells us even more than that racialist quote Holder carries around in his wallet.
So Sharpton will arrive in Richmond on October 9. Danny Finnegan at the Richmond Times will dispatch a reporter to cover Sharpton’s appearance and not a whiff of his crazy race inciting past will appear on the pages of the paper on October 10. The local media won’t make mention of Sharpton’s long history of racial demagoguery and will treat him like a respected figure instead of how they would rightfully treat the public appearance of a Kleagle.
Here is the announcement for the big event:
October 4, 2012
Dear Community Leaders:
It’s hard to comprehend that in 2012 we must fight for the right to vote in this country. But as you are well aware, that is precisely the action that is needed as voter suppression efforts work to threaten the very notion of democracy as we know it. When about 5 million Americans may be disenfranchised from the polls this November according to the Brennan Center for Justice, we understand that complacency is not an option. As Founder and President of National Action Network (NAN), I would like to invite you to participate in our 2012 voter engagement efforts on October 9, 2012 in conjunction with Dr. Anthony Chandler at Cedar Street Baptist Church, 2301 Cedar St. Richmond, VA.
Continuing through Election Day, NAN’s goal is to educate and empower the electorate on how to combat new restrictive voter requirements and ultimately protect voter rights. Our voter engagement work is led by Pastor Michael A. Walrond, Jr. the head of NAN’s Ministers Division in conjunction with our partner, Education for a Better America (EBA). We will tour many of the states and cities impacted by these draconian laws and align ourselves with the local community. Our day-long program will begin with a luncheon attended by local elected officials, civil rights leaders, college presidents, youth activists and other community leaders. Teaming up with Education for a Better America, a 501(c)(3) partner, we will host a workshop during the afternoon. The evening will feature a rally at a local church where I will deliver the keynote address. A private meeting with vital community leaders will focus on creating an infrastructure in each city to continue voter education and protection.
We would like to invite you to our Richmond event which will take place at Cedar Street Baptist Church. The luncheon begins at 11 am and we invite you or one of your staff to attend the workshops from 2 pm -4 pm. At 7 pm we will host a community worship service. Additionally, we would like your support identifying community groups and leaders that you think we should invite to our other events, including our worship service. Time is of the essence in preparing communities for the upcoming election. Our concern is simple: each and every eligible American should be allowed to participate in the process regardless of party affiliation or economic standing.
If you have any questions regarding any of the events, please contact our Executive Assistant to the Director of the Minister’s Division of National Action Network, Malaika Thomas, at 917-805-9823 or by email at [email protected] If you or a representative from your office plans to attend, kindly take a moment to RSVP at [email protected]
We hope to partner with you on this very critical effort.
Rev. Al Sharpton
President & Founder
“No Justice, No Peace” is on the logo of his organization. Given Sharpton’s history, we have some idea what the absence of peace looks like.