Kirsten Gillibrand, heading to Selma, touts her voter-protection efforts
On Sunday morning, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand will be in Selma, Alabama to retrace the path of civil rights demonstrators over the Edmund Pettus Bridge.
Gillibrand will be joining Rep. John Lewis, the Georgia congressman and former civil rights leader, who participated in the original march in 1965, one year before Gillibrand was born, and has led an annual recreation to commemorate the civil rights momvement.
Gillibrand's press release noted that she and Lewis joined together earlier this year to introduce a Voter Empowerment Act, designed to faciltate the voting process and prevent the disenfranchisement of voters, particularly minority voters. And this year's march comes just a few days after some conservative justices on the Supreme Court expressed skepticism about the continuing need for the federal Voting Rights Act.
The march regularly brings together members of Congress, and this year's will include Vice President Joe Biden, and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, who is currently trying to rebrand the Republican Party as a more approachable outfit.
It's also a regular stop for presidential candidates, and was notably the site of a symbolically important appearance by Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama in 2008.