November 28, 2021

SiriusXM Host Joe Madison Talks About Why He’s Not Eating Until Congress Passes Voting Rights Bill

Joe Madison is a well-liked speak present host on a morning SiriusXM radio present and a civil rights and human rights activist that has advocated for voting rights.

Madison is taking issues up a notch to see that the John Lewis Voting Rights Act will get by pushed via the Senate.

Final week the 72-year-old radio legend often called “Black Eagle” went on a starvation strike to ship a robust message concerning the acts that should be handed. He feels so strongly about it that he’s prepared to proceed to go with out strong meals for so long as it takes, BET reported.

If handed, the Lewis invoice will restore important provisions of the 1965 Voting Rights Act that defend residents’ means to forged ballots.

Republican lawmakers within the Senate prevented the invoice utilizing the filibuster, which is solely an prolonged debate over laws that may take 60 votes to beat. Sixty votes Democrats didn’t despite the fact that they’re the bulk.

Madison understands the dangers that include his determination. He’s not the primary individual to go this route. Human rights icon Dick Gregory was a mentor of Madison, and he had joined him in starvation strikes a long time in the past.

When requested why he selected the starvation strike as his technique, Madison instructed BET, “Because what the United States Senate is doing is extreme—this is what it’s going to take. I think that abstaining from eating solid food sends a signal that somebody out here cares.”

“I always try to relate historically. At the end of the first Reconstruction in 1877, with the Hayes- Tilden compromise, white southerners were very upset with how their political power had changed, and they agreed to strike a deal with [President Rutherford B.] Hayes. That resulted in assassinations, intimidation of Black politicians and citizens and their white allies. For the next 70 plus years, it literally changed the culture of the South. And it ended, in essence, the first Reconstruction. We are on the verge of what I would refer to as the end of the second Reconstruction. There have been some parallels. The first thing the Republicans went after in the Senate was our voting rights. Chief Justice John Roberts wrote a decision in Shelby County v. Holder that stripped one of the key provisions from the Voting Rights Act, and immediately the next day, states started introducing voter suppression laws.”

On the time of the interview, he was on day 9, and when requested how he felt, he stated, “My spirits are excessive, however I’ve accomplished this earlier than. This isn’t my first rodeo. I’ve been on starvation strikes with Dick Gregory through the years. That have taught me lots. Your physique goes via modifications however all of the modifications I had anticipated. So nothing is happening, bodily, spiritually, mentally, that I hadn’t anticipated as a result of I knew that there was the chance that I’d be on this for the lengthy haul.

“One of the things that I did before taking this form of protest was to get a physical and get a baseline of where I am physically. The only challenge that I thought I might have was a PSA that had spiked a few weeks ago, unrelated to the hunger strike. But the oncologist told me that the hunger strike would not impact any prostate cancer problems that I had experienced. So it’s something that everything that I anticipated is pretty much what I’m going through.”