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Talk Radio – May 24th, 2022, Voter Power vs Voter Suppression – Call In 1-800-450-7876

May 24, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

January 24, 2022: “Voter Power vs Voter Suppression: the Primary Elections in Alabama, Arkansas, and Georgia + the Texas Runoffs”

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

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Call in with Questions During the Show


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.

This Igniting Change Radio Show on Tuesday, May 24th, 2022, entitled “Voter Power vs Voter Suppression: the Primary Elections in Alabama, Arkansas, and Georgia + the Texas Runoffs”, will feature Radio Show Co-Hosts and Transformative Justice Coalition (TJC) Co-Leaders Attorneys Barbara Arnwine and Daryl Jones with prominent guests Jessica Fortune-Barker, Atty. Gerald Griggs, Atty. Marcia Johnson-Blanco, Benard Simelton, and Atty. Harold Franklin as they discuss the election primaries being held in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, and the Texas Runoffs occurring on May 24th.

These are the issues we will cover during this show.

Be sure to invite your friends to listen live at WOL 1450 AM in the Greater DC Metro Region, and nationwide and globally on the Internet at WOLDCNEWS.com and BarbaraArnwine.com.  Listeners can call in with questions at 800-450-7876.

Please note, during the show there are 3 hard stop commercial breaks at 12:13 PM Eastern Time12:28 PM ET and 12:43 PM ET.   We will stop all guests from speaking right before each break.


Voters will once again go to the polls to cast their votes during Primary Elections in the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, and the Texas Runoffs occurring on May 24th. Notably, all four of these states have been rocked by the passage of voter suppression measures. Although Georgia’s legislatures’ passage of the horrific SB 202 has dominated the news, Texas, Arkansas, and Alabama have also seen adverse legislation and/or racial gerrymandered redistricting enacted. Unfortunately, the Supreme Court of the United States reversed a finding of racial gerrymandering in Alabama’s congressional redistricting map and allowed this inequity to persist. During the March 1st Texas Primary, an estimated 13% of voters were unable to cast absentee ballots based on the new voter restrictions. Although the May 24th Runoffs are hotly contested races, these barriers may play a role in the ultimate outcome. In Arkansas, litigation continues challenging new voter ID requirements and other new voter restrictions.

For the first and second segments of our show, we will talk with voting rights activists and leaders from Alabama and Georgia, Benard Simelton, Atty. Gerald Griggs, and Jessica Fortune-Barker, about on-the-ground efforts to facilitate voter education and mobilization in light of changed laws.

During the third and fourth segments of our show, we will be joined by Election Protection Leaders, Attorneys Marcia Johnson-Blanco and Harold Franklin. They will discuss the reports from the field regarding the elections in all 4 states, Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, and Texas. In particular we will examine any new challenges or roadblocks voters are encountering during this primary season.


Atty. Gerald Griggs: 12:00-12:57 PM ET
President of the Georgia State Conference of the NAACP, the First Vice President of the Atlanta Chapter of the NAACP, and former Third Vice President of the State Conference of the Georgia NAACP.

Jessica Fortune-Barker: 12:00-12:27 PM ET
Director of Alabama Association for the Arts; established, runs, and serves as the Principal Consultant at Affluent Business Consulting, LLC; and, Co-Founder of Lift Our Vote

Benard Simelton: 12:00-12:27 PM ET
President of the Alabama State Conference of the NAACP since Oct 2009; former President of the Limestone County Branch; served on the Athens-Limestone Foundation Board of Directors for 6 years and is past President of the Board of Directors of the Community Action Partnership for Huntsville, Madison and Limestone Counties; and, currently serves on the Board for The Alabama Coalition for Immigrant Justice.

Atty. Harold Franklin: 12:30-12:57 PM ET
Partner and Diversity Chair for King & Spalding LLP; Leader for two decades with the Georgia Election Protection; and, former President of Gate City Bar Association

Atty. Marcia Johnson-Blanco: 12:30-12:57 PM ET
Co-director of the Lawyers’ Committee’s Voting Rights Project, managing the Project’s voter engagement programs and advocacy portfolios which include overseeing the work of Election Protection; and, Coordinator the Lawyer’s Committee’s international human rights initiatives.



Benard and Jessica, welcome back to Igniting Change! What is it that voters in Alabama need to know to participate in today’s primary? (When do the polls open and close?)

  • What do you expect for voter turnout in Alabama?
  • How do you think the Supreme Court’s Ruling in the Alabama redistricting case has affected this election?

Congratulations, Atty. Gerald Griggs, on your election as the new President of the Georgia State Conference of the NAACP. As you know, all eyes are on Georgia and its highly contested elections. How is the new SB 202 affecting this year’s elections?

  • Right-wing pundits are saying that the surge in voter turnout in Georgia is evidence that “there is no real voter suppression”; how do you respond?
  • What have been the most important organizing tools that you’ve used this year to educate voters?
  • What message do you want to send to voters in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, and Texas?
  • Where can voters receive assistance if they need any information or encounter any problems voting?
  • How can our listeners get involved? How do our listeners get in contact with you?


  • Welcome to Igniting Change, Attorneys Marcia Johnson-Blanco and Harold Franklin. What is Election Protection?
  • How did each of you get involved with Election Protection?
  • What kind of issues has the hotline uncovered during today’s elections?
  • Gerald, what reports are you hearing from NAACP members?
  • Marcia, How do we make sure that lawyers participate in Election Protection?
  • Harold, your law firm has been instrumental in helping with Election Protection over these many years. What would you say for more lawyers to become involved?
  • How do non-lawyers participate in Election Protection?
  • How can our listeners get involved? How do our listeners get in contact with you and Election Protection?


Transformative Justice Coalition
(202) 602-7080
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