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Friday, June 03, 2011

 8:27 PM 

Moore calls voter ID law racist

U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore told convention goers that the state’s newly passed voter ID bill is racist and she has already contacted the Justice Department to look into the matter.

Moore cited statistics showing that 23 percent of elderly do not have a photo ID, about 50 percent of African American and Latinos in the state do not have a driver’s license, while about two-thirds of those aged 18-24 do not have one either.

“This bill is racist,” Moore said emphatically to a standing applause.

“I’ve already contacted the Justice Department of this bill,” she added later.

Moore talked at length about the history of Milwaukee, its role in fighting for eight-hour work days, how it was the first city to have a feminist journal and how it was a major stop on the underground railroad.

She stressed that the city has always stood up for the rights of women and minorities.

She also said the city is the economic engine of the state and stressed that it was built by Democrats.

“This is a place where Republicans do not mess with Democrats,” Moore said to applause.

Listen to Moore's speech.

-- By David Wise


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