Listen to this amazing song for National John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Action Day tomorrow. (See Action #3 below!)
Action #1: Call your senators and have them pass these bills without delay.
- S. 1 – “For the People Act” – are the guardrails we never knew we needed until a monster took over the presidency.
- S.51 – Washington DC Admissions Act – “No taxation without representation” and full civil rights for all American citizens.
Action #2: Call your congresspeople to support H.R 4 – the John Lewis Voting Rights Act
H.R. 4 will provide the public with the legal tools to block official acts of discrimination from affecting elections at the federal, state, and local levels.
Minimal script: I’m calling from [zip code] and I want Rep./Sen. [___] to strongly support H.R. 4 – the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Act.
- Rep. Julia Brownley: email, (CA-26): DC (202) 225-5811, Oxnard (805) 379-1779, T.O. (805) 379-1779
- or Rep. Salud Carbajal: email.(CA-24): DC (202) 225-3601, SB (805) 730-1710 SLO (805) 546-8348
- Senator Feinstein: email, DC (202) 224-3841, LA (310) 914-7300, SF (415) 393-0707, SD (619) 231-9712, Fresno (559) 485-7430
- and Senator Padilla: email, DC (202) 224-3553, LA (310) 231-4494, SAC (916) 448-2787, Fresno (559) 497-5109, SF (415) 981-9369, SD (619) 239-3884
- Who is my representative/senator?: https://whoismyrepresentative.com
(The Hill) Next year will be the first national redistricting cycle since the Supreme Court gutted Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act in 2013. Section 5 required state and local governments with records of voter discrimination to preclear voting changes with the Justice Department to ensure the changes were not racially discriminatory. For the first time since 1965, congressional, state, and local government legislative districts will be drawn without the key protections of the Voting Rights Act.
(Politico)”H.R. 4 has not been formally re-introduced in the House this Congress. That is intentional, the bill’s lead sponsor in the House said recently. “We look forward to building that evidentiary record,” Rep. Terri Sewell (D-Ala.) said at a recent press briefing from the Southern Poverty Law Center, saying the House was planning a number of hearings to build a case to defend the bill from inevitable court challenges (should it actually become law).
Sewell said hearings from the Judiciary Committee and the House Administration Subcommittee on Elections would start in April (there was hearing entitled “Voting In America: Ensuring Free And Fair Access To The Ballot” in the subcommittee on Thursday, April 1st), and could last through May and June. “I think that’s the earliest that I would be introducing it,” she said. “I suspect that the bill won’t be introduced or voted on until September, because we have an August recess as well.”