FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 21, 2023
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Faith in Action Alabama calls for the removal of a new legislative district map that contradicts the recent Allen v. Milligan decision
BIRMINGHAM, AL – Faith in Action Alabama is criticizing Gov. Kay Ivey and the states’ legislators for approving a redistricting map that is in opposition with last month’s U.S. Supreme Court decision in Allen v. Milligan.
The SCOTUS decision declared that Alabama’s legislature violated the Voting Rights Act of 1965 with gerrymandering practices that diluted the political power of Black voters, and required the state government to draw in a new district that was composed mostly of voters of color. The new map approved by the legislature today contains those same violations.
“Many of our state legislators and Gov. Kay Ivey approved a new congressional map that contradicts the spirit and letter of the law of last month’s U.S. Supreme Court Allen v. Milligan,” said Dr. A.B. Sutton, Jr., chairman of Faith in Action Alabama and senior pastor of Living Stones Temple. “Gov. Ivey and Alabama’s current legislative leadership are sadly trying to take us down a well-trodden Alabama byway – one that would lead to undermining the democratic rights of the African American community in Alabama. We will pray that our federal judiciary provides the needed courageous leadership to help strengthen our state’s democracy. A thriving democracy brings honor to the God of Liberation. Today our state’s leadership denigrated that spirit.”
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