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Talk Show Host Joe Madison Posts Naked Chest From Voting Rights Hunger Strike, Black America Responds

Talk Show Host Joe Madison Posts Naked Chest From Voting Rights Hunger Strike, Black America Responds

Joe Madison

Talk Show Host Joe Madison Posts Naked Chest From Voting Rights Hunger Strike, Black America Responds. Joe Madison image, left: Courtesy photo. Joe Madison after fasting, image: Twitter, Joe Madison on a Hunger Strike *DAY 36* @MadisonSiriusXM

SiriusXM host Joe Madison is still on the hunger strike he started Nov. 8 to protest the lack of legislative action to pass the voting rights bill.

The John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2021 is proposed legislation that would restore and strengthen parts of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Portions of the landmark civil rights era legislation were reversed by two U.S. Supreme Court decisions — Shelby County v. Holder and Brnovich v. Democratic National Committee.

On Dec. 11 Madison tweeted a photo of his bare chest to mark Day 36 of his hunger strike. Madison appears thin in the photo.

“I’ve lost over 20 pounds on my #hungerstrike for voting rights. Starting today, I intend to take a photo every week while I continue to sacrifice my body for democracy,” Madison tweeted.

The radio personality previously told CNN that he wants lawmakers to put voting rights “on the front burner” after Thanksgiving recess. This didn’t happen. Senate Republicans have repeatedly blocked the legislation, and Democrats urged their party’s senators to get rid of the Senate filibuster rule requiring 60 votes to advance most legislation, CNN reported. 

“As a political protest, I am beginning a hunger strike today by abstaining from eating any solid food until Congress passes, and President Biden signs the Freedom to Vote Act or the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act,” Madison said at the start of his strike.


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The host of SiriusXM Urban View podcast “Joe Madison The Black Eagle,” Madison is a member of the National Radio Hall of Fame. He said he is on a hunger strike until President Joe Biden signs the bills and voting rights are passed in the Senate, EUR reported.

Both bills were passed by the House of Representatives but have stalled in the Senate.

Madison took action after Senate Republicans blocked starting a debate on a voting rights act named after the late Congressman and civil rights icon John LewisThe Independent reported.

Many on Twitter urged Madison to give up his hunger strike.

“They will let you die, sir, please reconsider,” tweeted Reporting-live-from-the-Kremlin @wishbumpycoulda.

“Don’t let folks in DC kill you…. They are not worth it!” tweeted clinton williams @williams_ct.

“Bruh go eat something & stop performing for these democrats & fighting for voting right for illegals. You just looking for attention now smh” tweeted AllGasNoBrake83 @oncodebrotha83.

Others thanked Madison for his actions. “Mr. Madison, no photo necessary, we will take your word. Thanks for all you have done and continue to do,” Robert Washington @RW_KOTB tweeted.

But some wondered why Madison hasn’t fought for reparations.

“Will you go on a hunger strike for Reparations for U.S. DESCENDANTS OF CHATTEL SLAVERY? asked miz justice @msjustice2.

So far, at least 19 states have enacted 33 restrictive voting laws that make it difficult for Americans to vote, according to an analysis in October from the Brennan Center for Justice.

The John Lewis Voting Rights Act, meant to fight voter suppression, was blocked in early November by Senate Republicans when the Senate took a procedural vote on whether to open debate on the legislation.

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