On September 12th, 2018, Congressman Veasey and Senator Wyden are introducing a bicameral resolution to designate September as “National Voting Rights Month”
- Make September “National Voting Rights Month.”
- Encourage public schools and universities to develop academic curriculums that educate the student on the importance of voting, registration, voting history, and voting suppression laws.
- Push Congress to pass legislation that allows all citizens, upon reaching the age of 18, to be automatically enrolled to vote in Federal elections.
- Recommend that Congress allocate funds for public service announcements on various media channels to encourage Americans to vote.
- Request that the Department of the Treasury issue a special Fannie Lou Hamer stamp during the month of September to recognize Americans who fought for voting rights.
On September 12 from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM Eastern Time, Congressman Marc Veasey will have a #VOTE twitter storm to amplify the resolution.
- Rep. Veasey’s office: Twitter: @RepVeasey; Facebook: Rep. Veasey
- Transformative Justice Coalition: Twitter: @TJC_DC; Facebook: @TJC.DC
- Voting Rights Alliance: Twitter: @VRAmatters; Facebook: @VRAmatters
- National Commission for Voter Justice: Twitter: @NationalCVJ; Facebook: @NationalCVJ
JOIN our Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Annual Legislative Caucus Events
Also, on September 12th, Honorary Host, Congressman Bobby Scott, will present “National Black Law Students Association Voter Protection Forum,” 5:00-6:30 PM, at the Washington Convention Center, Room 144A.
Take action for those who can’t vote on primary day:
The unfinished work of the Civil Rights Moment: Second Chances Florida
1. Adopt A Day. Help boost Second Chances’ phone banking program by adopting a day once a month (or more often) to be your organization’s day for remote phone banking to Florida voters to let them know why it’s so important to vote YES on Amendment 4 this November. You’ll be responsible for filling up the phones one day M-Th, 5:30-8:30pm ET – with the goal of recruiting at least 20 callers for your shift (which means getting 40 to sign-up, so 20 show-up). You can do this virtually with your membership or host a call party with your staff. If each partner takes one day we can keep the calls rolling out. Fill out this form to adopt days in the coming months.
2. Make the August 25 call parties big! Saturday, August 25, from 1pm-4pm Eastern Time will be the next day of national call parties to talk to Florida voters. We need your help recruiting hosts and attendees (in person and virtual participants) – again, you can send this to your membership or encourage staff and supporters to host. These call parties come at a perfect moment: just days before August 28, which is both primary day in Florida – where more than 1.4 million people cannot vote – and the 55th anniversary of the March on Washington. Here’s a sample recruitment email.
- For this month’s Day of Action, we ask all of you with a voice to use it by joining our call parties across the state and country this Saturday, August 25th, 1-4pm ET, as we make phone calls to thousands of Florida voters to vote YES on Amendment 4. Find a Call Party near you – check out our map and RSVP today!
- Over 1.4 million Floridians are permanently barred from voting, even after completing their full sentence. Florida is 1 of only 4 states in the country with this broken system, and now is the time to fix it, bypassing Amendment 4 to restore the eligibility to vote to people who have served their time and paid their debts. There are only 75 days left to Election Day – Don’t be late to the party, RSVP today!
- Over 1.4 million Floridians are permanently barred from voting, even after completing their full sentence. Florida is 1 of only 4 states in the country with this broken system, and now is the time to fix it, bypassing Amendment 4 to restore the eligibility to vote to people who have served their time and paid their debts. When a debt is paid, it’s paid. Most Floridians believe this to be true. Together, we can make it a reality by making sure Amendment 4 passes in November. Take action today — RSVP to a Call Party near you!
There are only 75 days left to Election Day – Don’t be late to the party, RSVP today!
P.S. No Call Party near you on our Day of Action, but still want to help? Make calls from the comfort of your own home – sign up for the August 25 remote phone banking shift today!
National Commission for Voter Justice July Hearings
NCVJSoCal #NCVJhearings #NCVJSouthernCalifornia
This historic event consisted of panels covering issues such as: returning citizen population voting barriers; disability access; state and county elections administration; environmental justice; homeless peoples’ barriers to voting; language access; voting barriers for the LGBTQIA community; special voting barriers faced by women, Asian-American people, and African immigrants; youth/pre-registration; Automated Voter Registration (AVR); and, more! The hearing will focus on the entire region of Southern California, and Southern Californians’ specific issues concerning voting. The hearing included amazing witnesses from Southern California and an equally eye-opening open testimony for all in attendance. Anyone who wanted to testify could testify.
Watch the livestream of @NationalCVJ’s Southern California Regional Hearing, which was held on July 14th, 2018 from 1:00-4:30 PM PDT. WATCH NOW:
https://www.facebook.com/NationalCVJ/videos/1048673525284673/ #NCVJSoCal #NCVJSouthernCalifornia #NCVJhearings