Sunday, March 02, 2008

DC Statehood Green leader Asa Gordon to speak on the Supreme Court's Bush v. Gore ruling (2000)


For immediate release:
Monday, February 25, 2008

Scott McLarty, DC Statehood Green Party Media Coordinator, 202-518-5624, cell 202-904-7614,

Lecture topic: "Supreme Redemption: Larceny, the Elections and the US Supreme Court," Tuesday, February 26, 7 pm at the Martin Luther King, Jr., Library in Washington, DC

WASHINGTON, DC -- DC Statehood Green Party leader Asa Gordon will deliver a lecture on "Supreme Redemption: Larceny, the Elections and the US Supreme Court" on Tuesday, February 26 at the Martin Luther King, Jr., Library in downtown Washington, DC.

The library is located at 901 G Street NW. Mr. Gordon's lecture will take place at 7 pm in room A-5. For more information about the event, call (202) 727-1211.

On December 12, 2000, the Supreme Court resurrected racial redemptionist era precedents and ruled in Bush v. Gore that the US Constitution guarantees no right to vote. According to Bush vs. Gore, "the individual citizen has no federal constitutional right to vote for electors for the President of the United States" -- an opinion based on an article that established a constitutional franchise with the original intent to preserve supremacy based on race, sex, and class.

Asa Gordon's lecture will provide the historical and contemporary context of the Supreme Court's role in voter disfranchisement in the elections of 2000, 2004, and possibly the coming election of 2008.

A Congressional Research Service (CRS) report titled "The Voting Rights Act of 1965, As Amended: Its History and Current Issues" (Order Code 95-896 GOV), prepared for members and committees of Congress, highlights the arguments raised in an electoral lawsuit addressing the 2000 and 2004 presidential elections.

Gordon v. Cheney (formerly Gordon v. Gore), filed by the Douglass Institute of Government, was given precedence over all other civil actions filed by the NAACP, the American Civil Liberties Union, and other organizations.

Asa Gordon is the chair of DC Statehood Green Party's Electoral College Task Force, a member of the Delegate Apportionment Committee of the Green Party of the United States, and the founder and executive director of the Douglass Institute of Government. His work covers studies on democratizing the Electoral College, the constitutional penalty for voter disfranchisement, the 14th Amendment right to vote provision, and neo-confederate culture in American politics. Mr. Gordon's work has been recognized by public officials like Rep. John Conyers, who in response to a proposed solution discussed by Mr. Gordon on voting rights remedy, declared, "This is the most amazing proposition that has ever been brought forward, and if it is accurate, it could change the whole outcome of the voting process in the United States."


The DC Statehood Green Party

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