“Voter ID laws fire up South Side pastor at Obama’s former Chicago church” @ Chicago Tribune

Posted on September 26, 2012

Mayna B. Brachear — September 26, 2012: “Though President Barack Obama’s former church on Chicago’s South Side wants to avoid the political limelight of four years ago, the church has been rolling out a campaign to make sure minorities, senior citizens and the poor overcome any obstacles standing in their way at the polls this year.

The Rev. Otis Moss III, senior pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ, has invited ministers across the nation to find and register thousands of young voters before the Oct. 9 deadline. He also has urged them to take up collections for cash-strapped voters in states requiring the purchase of IDs and stage a 24-hour prayer vigil on Election Day.

‘The right to vote is something that the African-American church has fought for for decades,’ said Moss in an exclusive interview with the Tribune on Tuesday. ‘To see policies put in place that could diminish someone’s ability to be able to vote? This is a civil rights issue. This is a democracy issue. This is a human rights issue. That’s something Trinity has always stood firm on as a church.’……………………………”

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