PROTECT VOTING RIGHTS NOW!
Recent posts on this site regarding Stacey Abrams and the work she and her organization did in Georgia in the Presidential election and the Special Senate Elections in January were met with a groundswell of praise and support. In response to some of the remarks I promised to work on compiling a list of organizations around the country that are involved in voting rights issues and/or voter registration drives.
The list, which by no means contains all possible organizations, is at the end of this post. But first, you should be aware of activity on this issue in the Congress. Some of this information may seem redundant but I cannot express in strong enough terms the gravity of the voter suppression efforts we are up against. If you care about the survival of our democracy, you MUST become involved in every way you can. Do your homework. Find an organization that feels right for you and JOIN IN THE FIGHT TO PROTECT VOTING RIGHTS!
Below is the statement of 21 State Attorney Generals in support of HR1 and HR4. These are bills currently in Congress and, if passed, will supersede laws currently being considered and/or passed by Republican-controlled legislatures in 43 states. The House passed HR1 and it is now ready for the Senate to take it up. They both need to be passed NOW!
Statement from the 21 State Attorney Generals:
“HR 1 would shatter the hundreds of proposed barriers to racially equitable voter participation that some factions of legislators are introducing in state houses across the country. Without it, ensuring future elections are fully fair and free will continue to be an uphill climb. HR 1 won’t put an end to all voter repression, it is a critical first step. The next one rests in HR 4, the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act — a badly needed reinforcement of the Voting Rights Act. We also tip our hats to President Biden for his executive order this weekend instructing federal agencies to take steps to better support voter registration and other election-related advances.”
“Between those federal actions, good state bills that seek to enhance the freedom to vote, and the bipartisan state and local leaders who worked so tirelessly to run the most secure election in history this past go around, we can make our democracy stronger than ever.”
Written by Brian Frosh, attorney general for Maryland; Karl Racine, attorney general for the District of Columbia; and Norman Eisen, Voter Protection Program Chair.
The list below comes from fairfightaction.com
Hello Democracy Warrior!
Below are some organizations that you can connect with as they take on voter suppression in their states. Click below for volunteer opportunities! This is neither an exhaustive list of states in which there is work to be done nor organizations that are doing this work, but a place to start!
Some additional sources:
If you want to educate yourself further regarding saving our democracy, then go to www.brennancenter.org It is a great source for all “justice” issues.
Remember this…however and with whatever organization you affiliate to get women & people of color registered and to the polls, you will be helping in the battle for social justice.