A group of African-American organizers in Alabama, who played a role in driving the turnout that led to Democratic candidate Doug Jones’ win in the special Senate election, issued an open letter on Friday congratulating him while urging that he keep his campaign promises, instead of tacking right to appease the conservative makeup of the state. “The ticker tape for the Jones victory has barely been swept from the floor and we are already seeing him pandering to the right and stepping away from the interests of the people who elected him,” said LaTosha Brown, co-founder with Cliff Albright of the Black Voters Matter Fund. The open letter was signed by 20 organizations including Alabama Coalition for Immigrant Justice, Alabama Coalition on Black Civic Participation, Black Belt Citizens Fighting for Health and Justice, Center for Fair Housing, Inc (Mobile), The Ordinary People’s Society (TOPS), and the NAACP chapters of Tuskegee-Macon and Dothan, Alabama. Issues specifically mentioned in the letter include the full restoration of the Voting Rights Act, calling for an end of mass incarceration, fighting against tax legislation that benefits the wealthiest individuals, and defending and expanding the Affordable Care Act.
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