Join President and Founder Barbara R. Arnwine, Esq. along with Co-Host and Chair Board, Daryl D. Jones, Esq., Every Tuesday from 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Attorney Daryl Jones and I will rotate in asking questions during the show. The questions included below are designed to provide a guide but are not the only possible questions, nor may they be asked in the exact same order.
The New Year opened with a reinvigorated push for passage of crucial voting rights legislation before January 17, the Dr. Martin Luther King, Sr., Federal Birthday. Last week there was a national day of conscience and resolve in remembrance of the January 6th Insurrection during which our nation’s democracy was imperiled by an attempted coup. Throughout 2021, there was a national assault of undemocratic and disenfranchising voter suppression laws passed on partisan basis in the states. The time has come for the US Senate to do its job by addressing rules reform and passing the Freedom to Vote Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act.
Our show will address the many actions being undertaken by the Transformative Justice Coalition, Black Voters Matters, Faith Leaders, UN-PAC and student Hunger Strikers and many other groups to pressure the Biden Administration and the US Senate to take definitive action this week and next week.
On Tuesday, January 11th, President Biden and Vice-President Harris are set to address the nation on Voting Rights. Several civil rights groups are boycotting the speech in protest, noting that a speech is insufficient for this critical moment and instead demanding that the President not only support rules reform but take decisive action to ensure the passage of the voting rights legislation. TJC Co-Leaders Daryl Jones and Barbara Arnwine will join a post-President Biden press conference in Atlanta being organized by Black Voters Matter and several other organizations.
Our distinguished and expert guests will provide special insights into the urgent work that will be undertaken in this week and next to counteract the destructive anti-Democracy actions of 2021 and to preserve and advance a robust and inclusive multiracial US Democracy.
We will be joined by Faith Leaders, Rev. Stephen Green and Rev Bart Smith who are part of a national assemblage of faith leaders who are engaging in a Hunger Strike.
Rejoining our show will be Joseline Garcia, the National Political Director for UN-PAC, who will announce the return of the Hunger Strike for Democracy being led by students from several states. This time, the hunger strikers will be located at the US Senate. On Thursday, January 13th, TJC will join a press conference being sponsored by UN-PAC and the students. TJC Co-Leaders Daryl Jones and Barbara Arnwine will note that our national network of activists will show support for the students by joining that day in a One Day Hunger Strike.
These are the issues we will cover during this show.<
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The topic of our show is “Live From Atlanta: No More Speeches, No More Delays: The Moral Imperative to Pass Voting Rights Legislation Now!” After an entire year marked by voter suppression, election subversion and gerrymandering, many in the national civil rights community and persons of conscience everywhere are saying the Biden Administration and the US Senate must vote on rules reform and pass the Freedom to Vote Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act prior to January 17th, the Federal MLK Birthday Holiday.
After the 2021 onslaught of voter suppression by state legislatures resulting in 33 disenfranchising laws passed in 19 states and a slew of gerrymandering in several key states, many states are poised to pass more voter suppression laws in these first 2 months of 2022. It is more urgent than ever that the federal government protect voters of color and vulnerable voters against these wrongful measures by state legislatures. The US DOJ is suing Texas and Georgia for violating voting rights but this national wave of voter suppression is too large to be addressed by litigation or organizing alone. Indeed, in the last months of 2021, disturbing articles recounted the purging of Black election officials from boards of election in Georgia. In Michigan, there is a concentrated assault to restrict voting rights. In North Carolina and other states there are major controversies over the extreme partisan gerrymandering. These and other negative voter suppression developments underscore the urgent need for the US Senate to pass the Freedom to Vote Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act to mandate federal standards to protect the rights to vote and impose review of voting and electoral legislation, practices and procedures proposed by states and jurisdictions with histories of voter discrimination. And the DC Statehood Admissions bill passed by the U.S. House has also been pending in the Senate for months.
Sadly, on a purely partisan basis, even simple debate on these bills have been blocked in the Senate through the use of the 60 vote requirement of the filibuster.
In these first weeks of the 2022 congressional session, civil rights, civic engagement and voting rights groups are demanding that the U.S. Senate take immediate action to reform the filibuster and pass these critical voting rights bills. Many have urged the Democrats to “go it alone” and pass filibuster reform to allow consideration of this legislation. However, was not sufficient unity in the Democratic senatorial block to achieve this goal.
Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer has announced he will bring up possible filibuster reform measures for a vote by next week.
In the interim, public pressure has been growing to a crescendo for passage of these pending voting rights legislation. The terrible reminders last week of the lingering damage from the January 6th Insurrection, and the many revelations coming from the House Committee on January 6th investigation, are driving a public clamor for action.
Indeed, last week on our show date of January 4th, there was a National Day of Fasting, demanding passage of voting rights legislation. Others have been on hunger strikes for Democracy now for months. These actions joined by civil disobedience and letters urging action from state officials, business leaders and more has ignited action by the Biden Administration and Senate Majority Leader Schumer. This confrontation of moral imperative and political practicalities promises to come to a head in the early part of this year.
Our guests are the leaders of on-going major Hunger Strikes for Democracy and other actions to compel passage of the needed legislation.
Our show is designed to educate our audience on recent developments in this fight for our Democracy and to share opportunities for engagement.
Rev Stephen A. Green serves as the Social Justice Pastor for Greater Allen AME Cathedral of New York and Chair of Faith for Black Lives.
Rev Bart Smith is the pastor of St. Mark’s Presbyterian Church in Tucson, Arizona.
Joseline Garcia is the Co-Founder and National Organizing Director for UN-PAC.
Why have you decided to go on a hunger strike for Democracy?
Describe the group of 25 national Faith Leaders who are on a hunger strike?
Why has UN-PAC and the students renewed your Hunger Strike for Democracy?
Describe the group that will assemble this week?
What do you hope President Biden and Vice President Harris will say and do today?
Why are groups boycotting today’s speech?
What is happening on Thursday?
Why has UN-PAC relocated to the US Capitol?
Has either of your groups heard from the White House? The US Senate Leaders? Senators…?
Last time UN-PAC came to DC, there was major attention garnered by national celebrities and influencers, will they rejoin this cause?
What do you hope the Senate will do in the coming weeks?
How should Senators react to McConnell’s and other efforts to pose different and more narrow “voting” bills?
What would you say to those contemplating joining in this hunger strike movement?
What do you want our listeners to know are the most important actions in which they can engage right now to help pass the Freedom to Vote Act, the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act and DC Statehood?