Reverend Jesse Jackson jolted awake the long dormant voting rights movement in the weeks after the presidential election, taking to the Florida streets with African Americans and Jews who complained of rampant irregularities. Jackson has promised to turn up the heat as the January 20 inauguration approaches. “If Bush is one rail, and Gore is another rail, then civil rights is the third rail,” he said. “It’s the hot rail.” —Laura Conaway

This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on January 2, 2001

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