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The Green Life: Black History Month: Voting

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February 16, 2010

Black History Month: Voting

African American vote February is Black History Month, so this week we're pairing events in African American history with related green tips.

Event: In 1870, the 15th Amendment gave African Americans the right to vote but it wasn’t until the Voting Rights Act of 1965 that discriminatory practices during elections were all but abolished.

Tip #1: Exercise your right to vote by supporting candidates with a clear preference and record for protecting the environment; the Sierra Club lists its endorsements here. Vote for propositions and initiatives that do the earth good. And use your power as a constituent to urge your representatives to be environmental advocates.

Tip #2: At Work

Tip #3: Public Transit

Tell us: What similarities do you see between the Civil Rights and the environmental movements?

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