Candlelight Vigil For Democracy, In Memory Of John Lewis, On Saturday, July 17, 2021
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Just received a message from Sonya & Emma, reminding us a special event, a Candlelight Vigil For Democracy, on Saturday, July 17, 2021, in italics, shared below:
Congressman John Lewis, a civil rights icon, was known for making “good trouble”—taking action when he saw injustice and always advocating for voting rights. Now, we’re joining together to continue the fight to protect our voting rights and democracy.
Join MoveOn members, the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, and allies on the anniversary of Rep. Lewis‘s passing this Sunday by attending a vigil in his memory and demanding that the Senate pass the For the People Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Act. RSVP now.
Almost 400 bills have been introduced in statehouses across the country to limit our voting rights.1 Here are some of the lowlights:
- This week, Republican Texas lawmakers voted to arrest Texas House Democrats for boldly taking action to prevent a bill that would criminalize voters and decrease access to voting.2
- Georgia Republicans enacted a law restricting early voting days, designed to hurt Black churches’ “Souls to the Polls” initiatives to vote together on Sundays.3
- Four states—Arkansans, Iowa, Montana, and Wyoming—have enacted new or stricter voter ID requirements.4
Texas House Democrats, currently facing arrest for their protection of our voting rights, have repeatedly called on the Senate to pass the For the People Act as soon as possible to combat these attacks on voting rights nationwide.5
The For the People Act, known as H.R.1 in the House and S.1 in the Senate, was primarily written by Rep. Lewisbefore his passing. It is a bold step toward reducing the racial and economic inequalities in our political system. It would strengthen our democracy by expanding voting rights, reducing the influence of big money in politics, taking on corruption, and setting minimum standards that would make many of the voter suppression bills currently being proposed and enacted illegal.
We don’t have any time to waste. Democrats have a slim majority in the Senate, the Republican attacks are not slowing down, and the next election is already being planned. Nothing less than our democracy is at stake.
Thanks for all you do.
–Emma, Jenn, Emily, Amanda, and the rest of the team
For locations of this event in Central Florida, please click HERE.
For locations of this event in various States of USA, please click HERE.
To better understand For The People Act, please click HERE.
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