An open letter to the U.S. Congress

End Voter Suppression and Pass the John Lewis Voting Rights Act

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Voting is the heart of democracy and is being attacked. Overall, lawmakers in 33 states have proposed more than 165 bills that would restrict voting and disenfranchise voters. Prevent the filibuster from blocking it and restore the John Lewis Voting Rights Act before it’s too late. In a backlash to historic voter turnout in the 2020 general election, grounded in a rash of baseless and racist allegations of voter fraud and election irregularities, legislators have introduced over four times the number of bills to restrict voting access as compared to this time last year. Over the past two years alone, we’ve seen Republicans at every level of government, from state to federal officials, aggressively suppress the vote in communities of color. Twelve-hour long lines, poll closures, voter purges, and oppressive voter ID laws have all become the norm as Republicans attempt to further consolidate their political power in the face of an increasingly diverse, liberal electorate. Our democracy is currently rigged towards the white and wealthy, and those whose power is threatened by the existence of a multiracial, representative democracy rely on voter suppression, partisan gerrymandering, corrupt money in politics, and other mechanisms to oppress Black people and people of color to maintain their hold on power. That’s why we need bold, progressive democracy reform to create a functional democracy in which everyone is included and represented. Without it, we can’t achieve any of our other goals. All the issues we care about deeply: health care, immigration, ending wars, racial justice, climate change—fixing these things requires a democracy that is responsive to the people, not the powerful and wealthy. In 2013, the Supreme Court’s decision in Shelby County v. Holder gutted key provisions of the Voting Rights Act and set the stage for the rampant increase in voter suppression we’ve seen throughout the country. All across the country Republicans weaponize lies to make it harder to vote and will use the filibuster to block this vital legislation. Repeal the filibuster, we can’t let an outdated Senate rule get in the way of the John Lewis Voting Rights Act providing a crucial protection against racist voter suppression tactics while strengthening our electoral system as a whole. I call upon Congress to restore the John Lewis Voting Rights Act before it’s too late. Ultimately, this will pave the way forward for a more just and equitable America. Thank you,

First sent on February 24 by Indivisible Harlem

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