John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act
The late civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis will be honored with a U.S. Postal Service stamp.
Now two years later, amid attacks on Democracy and the rolling back of rights both men fought for, there is strength in remembering their words and work.
Black voters are all dressed up with nowhere to go as the normalization of thinly veiled white power fascism becomes unbearable. The divide is not political, it’s moral.
Civil rights leaders expressed disappointment at the U.S. Senate's failure to advance key voting rights legislation and change the filibuster rule, but they were also resolute in their will to keep fighting for equal and fair elections in a crucial election year.
Harris' remarks, couched in the civil rights movement's legacy, push back on the idea that people can wait for a better time to pass voting rights legislation.
Biden's challenge Tuesday wasn't just to Senate holdouts, but for those who are waiting for some return to civility that has never existed for Black and other communities of color.
Some of the leading advocates who have long sounded the alarm about the urgency for Congress to advance any bills on voting rights are skipping Biden's speech in Atlanta about voting rights, suggesting the president's words are too little, too late.
Former first lady Michelle Obama is kicking off the new year with a message urging Americans to help fight back against voter suppression ahead of the 2022 midterm elections.
The president's comments Friday reflect a significant turn from early remarks such as telling people they will have to out-organize voter suppression yet again.
Wednesday's vote is simply about whether the Senate will debate the recently introduced voting rights legislation. Republicans previously filibustered similar attempts to discuss the 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.
Saturday will be action-packed with multiple marches in D.C., and across the country, along with a Saturday evening virtual Jubilee celebration centering on the work of notable Black feminists.
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