Talk show host Joe Madison goes on hunger strike until Biden passes the voting rights bill
Talk show host Joe Madison is frustrated that the franchise bills haven’t passed yet, so he’s taking matters into his own hands to raise awareness of the issue. SiriusXM Urban View podcast host “Joe Madison The Black Eagle” announced he was on a hunger strike until President Joe Biden signed the bills.
“Today I begin a hunger strike by abstaining from eating until Congress passes and President Biden signs the Freedom to Vote Act or the Advancement of Voting Rights Act from John Lewis, “Madison tweeted on Nov. 8.
Member of the National Radio Hall of Fame, Madison also announced in his program that he was going on a hunger strike to protest the violation of Senate voting rights, EUR reported.
Madison took action after Senate Republicans last week blocked the start of debate on a voting rights bill named after the late John Lewis, congressman and civil rights icon, reported The Independent.
Both bills were passed by the House of Representatives but stagnated in the Senate.
The John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2021 (HR 4) would reinstate and strengthen parts of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The Freedom to Vote Act would protect elections from voter suppression, partisan sabotage and gerrymandering.
Some on Twitter praised Madison’s efforts. “Committed to the cause!” power to the people, ”BeeBee81 tweeted @blk_buttaflyy.
“It is sad but necessary that we have to make so much effort to obtain this most fundamental right in a ‘democracy’… You all already know it: this country will only become a democracy when we make one. Appreciating @MadisonSiriusXM the Black Eagle for always standing up for our interests, ”tweeted Makani Themba, chief strategist at Higher Ground Change Strategies, a social justice consultancy.
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“I call him basically starving for the right to vote,” Madison, a former national political director for the NAACP, said on his SiriusXM program. “And it started on that date. And I repeat, just as food is necessary to sustain life, the right to vote is necessary to maintain democracy. Yes, my life matters. My health matters, but our right to vote matters more. “
Madison said he is going on hunger strike in solidarity with all who call on Congress and President Biden to protect voting rights.
“As you all know my show is action oriented. He personifies action. I always say, “What are you going to do about it? And for me, it’s not just a slogan. That’s what motivates and inspires me, ”he said.
Madison referred to the Supreme Court decision, Shelby (County) v. Holder of 2013, which he said watered down the 1965 voting rights law. Five years after the ruling, nearly 1,000 US polling stations had closed, many predominantly African. American counties. There have also been cuts to early voting. Since the ruling, nearly all restrictions on voting have been enacted by Republicans.
Since Shelby v. Holder, Madison said, “State houses across the country have passed (a myriad) of laws that made it harder for people to vote. And I’m here to say that at some point we have to turn those moments into movements. And the difference between a moment and a movement is the sacrifice, and while that is a moral and political cause for me, it is a component of a much larger movement.