Reconstructing Our Democracy:
A Midterms Post-Mortem
And Call to Action

Join us in a national dialogue between thought leaders in Georgia and other leading voices for democratic inclusion around the country to discuss key insights from the campaign, lift up the hidden stories and facts not covered by the mainstream media, and explore concrete ways that activists, advocates and academics can work more closely to steer our democracy away from the disastrous unraveling of the last two years.


44 Forms of Voter Suppression

  1. Strict voter photo ID laws

  2. Closing of DMV’s in strict voter ID states

  3. Failure to accept government-issued state university and college student ID’s

  4. No early voting

  5. Early voting cuts

  6. Harsh requirements/punishments for voter registration groups

  7. Tough Deputy Registrar Requirements

  8. Harsh voter registration Compliance Deadlines 



DECLARATION OF STATE OF VOTING RIGHTS EMERGENCY

With the November 6, 2018 midterm elections rapidly approaching, we note with alarm and urgency the tremendous voter suppression tactics sweeping our nation, including barriers, obstacles, misinformation, threats, racist appeals and irregularities confronting voters attempting to participate in our Democracy.

WE ARE AT WAR TO PRESERVE OUR DEMOCRACY!

When it comes to our American Democracy, we are facing a War of Attacks on our Voting Rights which were secured over numerous generations through the blood and sacrifice of our ancestors and ordinary citizens. Indeed, our nation is in the grips…



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WATCH OUR CBCF ALC PANELS:

On September 12th, from 2:30-4:30 PM, at the Washington Convention Center, Room 147A, Honorary Host, Congressman Bobby Rush will present a special program on "Advancing Voter Justice and #VoterVigilance: A Special Presentation on the fight for the Vote and Speak Out", co-sponsored by the Rev. Jesse Jackson, the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, and the National Commission for Justice Justice. Watch the Facebook livestream below:


On September 12th, Honorary Host, Congressman Bobby Scott, presents the "National Black Law Students Association Voter Protection Forum," from 5:00-6:30 PM, at the Washington Convention Center, Room 144A. Watch the Facebook livestream below:



Take Action:
SEPTEMBER IS
NATIONAL VOTING RIGHTS MONTH
 
On September 12th 2018, Congressman Veasey and Senator Wyden are introducing bicameral resolution to designate September as "National Voting Rights Month"
The purpose of this resolution is to end voter suppression by bringing awareness to the present voter suppression laws, educate Americans on their rights as voters, and encourage all Americans to get out and vote! Currently, there are over 110 Members of Congress and over 20 voting rights and civil rights organizations supporting this resolution. 
More specifically, the resolution would:
 
  • Make September “National Voting Rights Month.
 
  • Encourage public schools and universities to develop academic curriculums that educate student on the importance of voting, registration, voting history, and voting suppression laws. 
 
  • Push Congress to pass legislation that allow 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.
Click on the link below for social posts and graphics for Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat. The #VOTE signs are attached. Also, if you have expressed interest in releasing a statement of support for the resolution, please feel free to tag us on our social media handles:
 
 
  • Transformative Justice Coalition: Twitter: @TJC_DC; Facebook: @TJC.DC
 
 


VOTING RIGHTS NEWS
 
 
ICE, Justice subpoena voter records from North Carolina
 
Georgia County Rejects Plan to Close 7 Polling Places
in Majority-Black Area
 
ICE, Justice subpoena voter records from North Carolina

Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Department of Justice have gotten a court order for North Carolina to turn over eight years of voter registration records from the state.

Read more
www.cnn.com
Georgia County Rejects Plan to Close 7 Polling Places in ...

CUTHBERT, Ga. - The consultant, a white man, came to the mainly black Randolph County in rural southern Georgia and recommended that it eliminate seven of its nine polling places. He said the move would save the county money. He said the polling...

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www.nytimes.com
 
 
Take action for those who can’t vote on primary day:
 
The unfinished work of the Civil Rights Moment: Second Chances Florida
The very powerful Florida Rights Restoration Coalition Second Chances Convening was just held. Nearly 500 people  —including  many returning citizens with past felony convictions and many student leaders  —  participated in this powerful 3 day event as they prepare to make history in less than 90 days by restoring the eligibility to vote to 1.4 million people. This week, Florida voters head to the polls, but 1.4 million Floridians with past convictions won’t be able to vote because they are permanently barred from voting, even after serving their time and paying their debts. But you can help us change this broken system.
 
Here's what you can do:
 
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.


In honor of Black History Month, the Voting Rights Alliance created a historic archive of the legacies and stories of the heroes, sheroes, and events in the fight for Black suffrage. Each day of Black History Month 2017, the Voting Rights Alliance shared a new calendar article, honoring a person, organization, or event, from over 5 centuries that forever changed the movement for the right to vote for African Americans and all Americans.

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We shared each article on social media underneath the hashtag #VRABlackHistory. Follow us on Twitter (@VRAmatters) to see the series' tweets. We also emailed these articles out every morning of February 2017. For 2018, we will be resurrecting this series and introducing 8 new articles!


Our last Facebook Live Event of the year! Tune in! Panelisrs include: Barbara R. Arnwine, founder of the Transformative Justice Coalition, Reverend Lennox Yearwood, founder of the Hip Hop Caucus, and our moderator Toni van Pelt, president of National Organization for Women (NOW). Issues to be discussed include: An analysis and review of voter turnout and voter suppression in 2017 elections, special elections, and nationwide, including Alabama and Virginia, and what we need to gear up for 2018. #Virginia #Alabama #ALSenate



September is Voting Rights Month! 

Click on the dates below to view more information about the event.

This September: Embrace All People, Count All Votes.

 

Voting Rights Month 2017 Informational Packet


 

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