Democracy Awakening: Let’s restore an equal and fair government
Posted on April 12, 2016
Voting Rights are being stripped away in states across the country, and coming up on the first presidential in 50 years without the full protections of the Voting Rights Act, the stakes are too high to be complacent. In recent years, there has been undue struggle placed on people of color, seniors, students and low-income Americans through new voter suppression laws and increased influence of big money in politics. Georgia, Indiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, Texas, and Wisconsin are a just a few of nearly two dozen states that have adopted new restrictions that include strict ID requirements and cutbacks on early voting.
It is time to give Congress a wakeup call and demand federal action to insure that every voice is heard whether the issue is health care, criminal justice, climate change, immigration reform, education or national security. On April 16-18, 2016 more than 200 organizations led by the NAACP, will partner in a movement called Democracy Awakening to demand a nation where our votes are not denied and money does not buy access and power.
The demands of these organizations are simple—restore an equal and fair government—and include just consideration of the nominee to fill the Supreme Court vacancy, restore protections against voting discrimination that were eliminated in the Shelby County v. Holder decision, create legislation to modernize voter registration and prevent deceptive practices, create a constitutional amendment that would overturn Citizens United and encourage and amplify small contributions from everyday Americans.
In order to restore fair voting rights and do it with integrity, Democracy Awakening needs your participation. Events include a Mass Rally for Democracy, Congress of Conscience Day of Action and Advocacy which includes non-violent and direct action along with lobbying at the U.S. Capitol.
Learn more about Democracy Awakening, guest speakers, demonstrations, and events at democracyawakening.org.