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The topic of our show is “Where Do We Go From Here? Our Next Steps to Win Voting Rights Battle” After an entire year marked by voter suppression, election subversion and gerrymandering, last week the US Senate failed to pass the Freedom to Vote: John R. Lewis Act.
On Dr. Martin Luther King’s Birthday, there was a major national march on Washington and many local marches held demanding passage of the legislation. That previous weekend, focusing on Senator Sinema, descendants of Dr. King, civil rights leaders and hundreds of supporters marched in Phoenix, Az, demanding that she reverse her opposition and support rules reform and passage of the legislation.
On Tuesday, January 11th, President Biden and Vice-President Harris traveled to Atlanta where the President made a national address on Voting Rights in which he supported filibuster reform. Several civil rights groups boycotted the speech in protest, noting that a speech is insufficient for this critical moment and instead demanding that the President directly use his power to pressure members of the Senate to support rules reform and passage of the voting rights legislation. TJC Co-Leaders Daryl Jones and Barbara Arnwine traveled to Atlanta to support these efforts.
Following the Senate’s failure to pass the Freedom to Vote: John R. Lewis Act, UN-PAC, the hunger strikers, TJC Co-Leader Daryl Jones and many others engaged in a civil disobedience protest of this vote at the US Capitol and were arrested. Since then, many groups have announced that that they will increase their efforts to protect the vote in the states. In the Congress, there are several discussions about passing an expanded Electoral Count Act, a more stream-down limited version of the Freedom to Vote: John R. Lewis Act with only its more popular provisions, separating the bill back into 2 acts and only moving the John Lewis Act, and so many other proposals. Others are looking at a possible Executive Order on voting rights by the President.
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Nick Knudsen is the leader of DemCast a national pro-Democracy digital alliance.Shana Gallagher is the Executive Director of UN-PAC
Rev. Stephen A. Green is the leader of Faith For Black Lives
Joseline Garcia is the National Organizer for UN-PAC
Our show will discuss these options for moving forward.
We will also examine the 2021-2022 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 was blocked in the Senate through the use of the 60 vote requirement of the filibuster.
Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer was relentless in pursuing passage of the voting rights legislation but was unable to convince Senators Sinema and Manchin to support rules reform. This resulted in the defeat of the Freedom To Vote: John R. Lewis Act last Thursday.
Our show is designed to educate our audience on recent developments in this fight for our Democracy and to share opportunities for engagement.