Voting Rights

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The Voting Rights Act (VRA) is widely considered to be the most important achievement of the civil rights movement, yet in recent years it has been gutted by the U.S. Supreme Court. All federal and state elected officials should support the immediate restoration of the preclearance provision of the Voting Rights Advancement Act that was struck down by the Court, including a revised preclearance formula that would protect against contemporary voter suppression efforts.

Laws that create photo ID requirements and that roll back early voting and other measures to make the right to vote more accessible suppress individuals’ right to vote, especially youth, people of color, women, and the elderly. All elected officials should oppose such laws.

The 2010 Citizens United decision has enhanced the role of corporate money in elections, thereby distorting our representative democracy. All elected officials should support legislation to overturn the Citizens United decision.

Racial and partisan gerrymandering do not allow people of color to elect candidates of their choice. Moreover, it turns democracy on its head by allowing election officials to select their voters instead of the reverse. All elected officials should support ending race- and partisan-based gerrymandering of voting districts.

 

WATCH THE GATHERING ON VOTING RIGHTS

Live from Pullen Memorial Baptist Church in Raleigh, North Carolina, the Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II and Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove co-hosted The Gathering on July 2, 2017. We heard an analysis on the recent and historical attacks on voting rights, discussed why voting rights are a moral issue, and listened to community members Rosanell Eaton and Maria Palmer on how voter suppression has affected them at the intersections of race and immigration. 

 

LISTEN TO THE GATHERING PODCAST ON VOTING RIGHTS

 

TESTIMONIES OF IMPACTED PEOPLE

 

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SCRIPTURAL & PROPHETIC REFERENCES

"If you valued your democracy, you would want everybody to be empowered and working towards the common good."
– Council Member Maria Palmer, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
"I have come to see more and more that one of the most decisive steps that the Negro can take is that little walk to the voting booth. That is an important step. We've got to gain the ballot, and through that gain, political power."
– Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican [representative] Form of Government . . .
Constitution of the United States, Article 4
The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.
– 15th Amendment
 

TAKE ACTION FOR VOTING RIGHTS

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JOIN THE POOR PEOPLE'S CAMPAIGN: A NATIONAL CALL FOR MORAL REVIVAL

The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival aims to build a broad and deep national moral fusion movement — rooted in the leadership of the poor, marginalized and moral agents and reflecting the great moral teachings — to unite our country from the bottom up.

The call for a Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival has emerged from more than a decade of work by grassroots community and religious leaders, organizations and movements fighting to end systemic racism, poverty, militarism, environmental destruction & related injustices and to build a just, sustainable and participatory society. We draw on the history, vision and unfinished work of the 1968 Poor People’s Campaign.

We need a new Poor People’s Campaign for a Moral Revival in America. It is time to become a new and unsettling force in our complacent national life.