Sign the petition to Mitch McConnell: Honor John Lewis’s legacy and bring the Voting Rights Advancement Act to a floor vote

Mitch McConnell & the Senate

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On July 17, 2020, freedom fighter Rep. John Lewis passed away after over half a century of dedicated struggle and stirring “good trouble” for Black freedom and social justice in the U.S.

The passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 is a key moment in the long battle for racial justice in this country. Civil Rights pioneers like Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and John Robert Lewis struggled for freedom and justice for all Black people.

Fast-forward to 2013, after the Supreme Court’s Shelby v. Holder decision on the Voting Rights Act, Republican-controlled states almost immediately enacted racist voter-ID laws and shut down hundreds of polling locations in primarily Black neighborhoods, ensuring that it would be incredibly burdensome for Black and Brown citizens to vote.

Civil Rights heroes like John Lewis dutifully fought to protect and expand rights for Black people, immigrants, and communities. Meanwhile, Republicans like Mitch McConnell shamefully continue to attack voting rights nationwide.

We cannot continue to let Republicans get away with decades of racist attacks on our access to the ballot box. It is up to us to fulfill John Lewis’ legacy and get the Voting Rights Advancement Act passed to restore voting rights taken away in 2013. Our communities deserve access to the ballot box. And fortunately, there is a clear path forward.

The House of Representatives has already passed the legislation; it’s time for the Senate to follow suit. We must put pressure on Mitch McConnell to do his job and bring this historic legislation to a full vote in the Senate to restore voting rights nationwide.

Sign the petition: Urge Mitch McConnell to honor John Lewis’ legacy and bring the Voting Rights Advancement Act to a floor vote.

Participating Organizations:
Ackerman for Congress
AMERIPAC
Blue Future
BlueOregon Action
Bonnie Watson Coleman for Congress
Brad Schneider
California Clean Money Action Fund
Celeste Williams for Arkansas
CHC BOLD PAC
Daily Kos
DemCast USA
Democratic Strategy Institute
Elect Democratic Women
End Citizens United
Endangered Species Coalition
Fight For Progress PAC
Four Directions
Iron PAC
LeftNet
Let America Vote
Livable Communities PAC
Medicare For All
MeidasTouch
National Democratic Training Committee
People Demanding Action
People For the American Way
Peter Wenstrup for Senate
Progress America
Rep. Ami Bera
Rep. John Sarbanes
Rep. Katherine Clark
Rep. Raul Grijalva
Rep. Sharice Davids
Stephen Daniel for Congress
The Juggernaut Project
The Six PAC
Turn PA Blue
Voter Rights Action
Wisconsin Democratic Party

To: Mitch McConnell & the Senate
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John Lewis was a pioneer, a freedom fighter, and a dedicated elected official. He fought long and hard to ensure Black people had access to the ballot box. All Americans deserve to have their voice heard.. Use this moment of collective grief as an opportunity to restore voting rights nationwide by bringing the Voting Rights Advancement Act to a full floor vote.