Voting Justice and Democracy Building

Congressman John Lewis’ final essay urges, “Voting and participating in the democratic process are key. The vote is the most powerful nonviolent change agent you have in a democratic society. You must use it because it is not guaranteed. You can lose it.”

While 2020 marked the 55th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, voter registration for millions of voters of color continue to be met with suppression including: misinformation and delayed mailing of absentee ballots, purging of naturalized citizens and others from voting rolls, widespread voter intimidation, and repressive voter ID laws. In Florida, the largest of the swing states, 65% of voters approved Amendment 4 in 2018 to resto [...]

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“A final thing people can learn is that politics is a traumatic experience for a lot of people. Our focus is not just on ‘let’s stop the bad thing,’ but on helping people hack into the potential and the possibilities. We have to literally affirm communities. Politics has become so hard and divisive that we leave out the joy, we leave out envisioning the potential of what people can do when they collectively use their power. That’s what we try to do and integrate in our political work. It’s not about the politics − it’s about the people.”

~ LaTosha Brown, Black Voters Matter Co-Founder


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