Reverend Peter Johnson

“It has been fifty-five years since Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. stood on the Washington Mall and challenged our nation to make America a true democracy, by extending the right to vote to African Americans. It has been forty-nine years since Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. stood at the feet of the Abraham Lincoln Memorial, and shared his marvelous American dream with the world. The right to vote is stained with blood, sweat and tears. In June 1964 during our freedom summer, which was a ten week drive to educate and register voters, three men, Andrew Goodman, Michael Schwerner and James Chaney were arrested and then released and killed by the White Knights of the Klu Klux Klan in Neshoba County, Mississippi. Many more were brutally beaten, and homes and churches were burned to the ground. In March of the next year, 1965 in Selma, Alabama US Congressman John Lewis and the late Rev. Hosea Williams witnessed even more brutally and bloodshed on the Edmund Pettis Bridge in what is now termed “Bloody Sunday”. All of this violence, brutality and murder occurred simply because African Americans wanted their voice and vote to count in America. Now in the year of our Lord 2012, the Republican Party has conspired to use the illusion of voter fraud to systematically deny, suppress and limit our right to vote. This is a new version of Christian Knights of the Klu Klux Klan. Texas and other states controlled by this new version of the Christian Knights of the Klu Klux Klan is attempting to turn back the clock to that violent and difficult summer of 1964, a time where people of color could not participate in the democratic process without it costing them their lives. This is un-American and a threat to Democracy. Today I will travel to our nation’s capitol to provide testimony in Federal Court against this so called Voter ID Bill. I will do it in honor and memory of all those who lost their life for the right to vote.

 

 

"“It has been fifty-five years since Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. stood on the Washington Mall and challenged our nation to make America a true democracy, by extending the right to vote to African Americans. It has been forty-nine years since Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. stood at the feet of the Abraham Lincoln Memorial, and shared his marvelous American dream with the world. The right to vote is stained with blood, sweat and tears."

− Rev. Peter Johnson

"Johnson believes violence in America would decrease if it was harder to obtain weapons. He's helped take 22,000 guns off the streets in the past two decades during gun buy-backs.”, was found to violate the Voting Rights Act of 1965."

− Rebecca Lopez, KVUE.com

"The idea of putting homeless people in busses and sending them back to states where they came from is offensive to me. ... As a city, as a collective community, we won't be judged on how we treat rich people. We will be judged on what Jesus called the least of these."

− Rev. Peter Johnson