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DMI Calls on President to Kickstart Election Reform to Honor MLK's 90th Birthday

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Theo tin Drum Major Institute on prnewswire.com

SWASHINGTON, Jan. 18, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — The Drum Major Institute renewed its call for President Trump to issue an executive order permitting the Social Security Administration to issue social security cards with photos to any citizen who requests one. The President promised to take this step in a meeting with civil rights leaders including Martin Luther King III and the Rev. James A. Forbes prior to his inauguration. Drum Major Institute Open Letter to the President VIEW PDF Drum Major Institute Open Letter to the President Drum Major Institute Calls for Action VIEW PDF Drum Major Institute Calls for Action Drum Major Institute Open Letter to the PresidentDrum Major Institute Calls for Action This week we celebrate what would have been Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s 90th birthday. At the core of Dr. King’s work was enabling and promoting all citizens to participate in their democracy whether by organizing, marching or – especially – voting. Many impediments to voting remain. One barrier that can be removed with the stroke of a pen is the lack of photo ID for citizens. All citizens are already entitled to a social security card. Adding a photo, at a citizen’s request, would be inexpensive and provide valid ID – not just for voting, but to open bank accounts and travel on planes – to millions of Americans who are potentially disenfranchised for no reason other than the lack of proper identification. Rev. Dr. James A. Forbes, Jr. notes, “I cannot think of a more fitting way to honor what would have been Dr. King’s 90th birthday than you signing an Executive Order directing the Social Security Administration to make it possible for all citizens, who so desire, to have their photos added to their Social Security cards, free of charge.” SOURCE Drum Major Institute Related Links http://www.drummajorinst.org

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