For The People Act
The longest filibuster by an individual senator, Strom Thurmond's opposition to the 1957 Civil Rights Act, paved the way for current anti-voting rights obstruction. Picking up the mantle from the ancestors, modern-day voting rights advocates continue to push for Congressional action.
Election officials sent over 185,000 voters contact notices, a preliminary step before purging, prompting renewed calls for passage of the For the People Act and John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act.
A well-respected expert in election administration and voting rights, Ms. Helen Butler, testified at Monday's Senate hearing about her removal from the Morgan County Board of Elections and the repercussions of Republican attempts to assert partisan control over election administration.
The NAACP offered to bail out any Texas House Democrat who gets arrested for walking out of the chamber in an effort to block racist election laws from being enacted in that state.
Capitol Police included the 79-year-old Rev. Jesse Jackson among the 20 people it detained and arrested for protesting against the filibuster on Wednesday in Washington, D.C.
Despite the Senate's inaction, Black Voters Matter and allied organizations continue to caravan through the south to Washington, D.C., raising awareness around voting rights, election reform, and D.C. statehood.
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