Legendary SiriusXM Urban View Host and Human Rights Activist Joe Madison Continues Hunger Strike Until Voting Rights Gets Signed Into Law

Joe ‘The Black Eagle’ Madison

“The difference between a moment and a movement is sacrifice” Madison stated.

NEW YORK – November 22, 2021 – Joe Madison, host of SiriusXM Urban View’s Joe Madison The Black Eagle and member of the National Radio Hall of Fame, has announced on his program that he has started a hunger strike in protest of voting rights not getting passed in the U. S. Senate. Click here to listen to his full statements. 

“As a political protest, I am beginning a hunger strike today by abstaining from eating until Congress passes, and President Biden signs, the Freedom to Vote Act or the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act,” Madison stated Nov. 8.

On Nov. 22, he begins his 3rd week of hunger strike with a serious question and challenge: 2006, when George W. Bush was president, 98 US Senators voted to extend the Voting Rights Act. Why can’t we find at least 10 GOP senators to protect our voting rights in 2021? What has changed?

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

“I call it basically starving for voting rights,” Madison said on his SiriusXM program this morning. “And that began on this date. And I repeat just as food is necessary to sustain life, the right to vote is necessary to sustain democracy. Yes, my life matters. My health matters, but our right to vote matters more.” 

“As all of you know, my show is action-oriented. It personifies taking action. I always say, ‘What are you going to do about it?’ And for me, it’s not just a slogan. It is what drives me and inspires me. So I have begun this hunger strike, I should say this, in solidarity – let me repeat, in solidarity – with all those who are calling on Congress and the President of the United States to protect our voting rights. Since the Supreme Court decision, Shelby [County] v. Holder watered down the Voting Rights Act of 1965, here’s what has happened. State Houses across the country have passed a myriad of laws that have made it more difficult for people to vote. And I am here to say, at some point we’ve got to change these moments into movements. And the difference between a moment and a movement is sacrifice, and although this is a moral as well as political cause for me, it is a component of a much larger movement.” 

Every day on his morning drive program on SiriusXM’s Urban View channel, Joe Madison inspires his listeners to take action. Joe Madison The Black Eagle airs weekdays from 6:00 -10:00 am ET on SiriusXM Urban View channel 126, and Joe can be heard anytime by downloading the Joe Madison podcast on the SXM App.

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