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Jesse Jackson, Liberal Activists Launch Voter Registration Drives In Ferguson

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Patrick Howley
Political Reporter

Jesse Jackson and other liberal activists are rolling out voter registration efforts as part of a coordinated left-wing push to sign up voters during the wave of violent protests engulfing Ferguson, Missouri in the aftermath of the Michael Brown shooting.

Racial activist and former Democratic presidential candidate Jesse Jackson met with St. Louis clergy Monday to plan a formal Ferguson voter registration drive.

“Five thousand new voters will transform the city from top to bottom” Jackson explained during a stop at a Ferguson McDonald’s, where he discussed voter registration with local denizens.

Liberal activists — including from the George Soros-funded Center for Constitutional Rights — have promoted voter registration booths at multiple locations in Ferguson, including at the roadside memorial marking the spot where Brown was shot.

 

Al Sharpton said in a Ferguson rally speech Sunday that the change could come at the ballot box. “Nobody can go to the White House until they stop by our house,” declared Sharpton, who personally briefed President Obama before Obama’s infamous 2012 speech during America’s last major racial crisis, in which Obama said, “If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon.”

Obama’s Ferguson remarks called for calm, but noted that there’s “No excuse for police to use excessive force against peaceful protests.” Obama’s Attorney General Eric Holder is on his way to Ferguson, where his much-maligned civil rights unit is already on the ground interceding in the conflict.

Activists have also linked the Ferguson standoff to calls for voter registration in the mainstream media.

“Elected officials don’t have to care about black citizens as long as they don’t fear them at the ballot box,” wrote Emory University law professor Dorothy A. Brown in an editorial for CNN. “Every member of the city council who has sat by silently while citizens were treated like second-class citizens should be voted out of office; Michael Brown’s death must result in one of the largest voter registration drives in the history of the state of Missouri. That would be a lasting legacy for such a senseless and untimely death.”

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