In a USA Today article released two days ago, former Independent Georgia gubernatorial candidate Al Bartell is making the case that there is a growing number of Black male voters who are no longer willing to vote/support political candidates or public officials without “direct overtures”. A root cause, Bartell is highlighting: the lack of human rights protections of Black men.
Continuing as Chairman of the World Human Rights Network, Bartell is now championing the addressal of the “brutal human rights violations” of Black men in Georgia and in America through the WRHNetwork. In an exclusive interview with S.E. Region News, Bartell elaborated on why he’s saying the time is right for an independent movement – one that will not only stand for Black men, but that will stand for the voice of the American public as a whole.
BARTELL: "The Human Rights Declaration on The Black Man and Violence puts on display the assured violent death of the Black man in Georgia – and in America. The violence against Black men is now bigger than a law enforcement issue. It’s bigger than a public health issue. It’s bigger than a racial issue, and it’s larger than a turn-out-the-vote issue.
"All of these issues are now under what’s called a human rights issue.
"As a human rights advocate, I took on addressing violence against Black men through being a gubernatorial candidate. As Chairman of the World Human Rights Network, my life’s work as a human rights advocate will focus even more on addressing violence against Black men, even more directly, as a human rights issue."
SRN: You have often referred back to the civil rights/human rights work of the 20th century in your public communications over the past decade – that some things didn’t get resolved, didn’t get completed. Is that the intention behind the World Human Rights Network – to pick up where others have been stopped, in a sense?
BARTELL: "That’s accurate. The passing of the baton, or the handing off of the baton from the 20th century – in the realm of human rights leadership – is now in play as we enter the dawn of the 21st century.
"To accept that “passing of the baton”, we’re interested in impacting the effectiveness of human rights projects, programs, initiatives, coalitions, collaboratives, networks, associations, and consortiums, in participating with the United Nations Peacebuilding Commission and the UN Human Rights Council, through the Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights. We see the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as a place of reference, where all can be held accountable.
"In doing so, we are inviting leaders to consider that any partnership with what we are doing as the World Human Rights Network, will likely have both an indirect and direct impact on voter turnout."
Bartell shared that a series of both private and open work sessions are being held to explore partnerships during World Human Rights Day week, beginning Monday, Dec. 5th through Saturday, Dec. 10th, 2022.
Bartell believes the work sessions that culminate in laying a framework for a world human right plan will help to point out the connection that the World Human Rights Network inherently has to the United Nations platform.
Bartell elaborates further:
“If Black men are to come out and vote, they deserve to have a platform where they can also express their communication of exclusion from the governmental decision-making process – and the brutality of their exclusion from human rights justice in their daily lives.
“Currently, with the doggedly determined, duel-to-the-death Republican against Democrat domination in America – being kept in place by our government and major industry – there is emerging a growing number of Americans who are beginning to consider becoming independent from that domination. That phenomenon is a tipping point and source for an Independent movement in America.
“We believe the public deserves to have a voice that is not left up to government – or industry. We’re saying that having a voice is a fundamental human right, and therefore human rights deserve to be the central, natural context for the quality of life for human being – in America, around the world – in the dawn of the 21st century.”
Excerpt from USA Today Article Quoting Al Bartell:
'A political home'
Al Bartell, a former independent Georgia gubernatorial candidate, said many Black male voters are holding back their votes because they want direct overtures.
Black male voters, he said, are particularly troubled about the lack of follow-through by Democrats on curbing police brutality.
“That's why I'm championing an independent movement and saying that Black men can be the tipping point because Black men in America – we don't have a political home anymore,” Bartell said.
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To read the USA Today article with graphics in its entirety, click HERE.