New South Coalition officials say blacks should vote for Gov. Bob Riley's $1.2 billion tax and accountability package.
Sen. Hank Sanders of Selma, a Democrat, is a founder of the New South. He said, despite Riley's veto of a bill to restore voting rights to some former felons, the tax package brings fairness to the state's system of taxation.
Sanders said he considers a vote on Sept. 9 for the tax package to be a vote for the people of Alabama and not for Riley.
Sanders and other coalition officials held a news conference Monday to encourage participation in a march Friday in downtown Montgomery to protest the governor's veto of the restoration of voting rights bill.