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Voting Rights Threatened

March 09, 2021
By Sister Ruth Battaglia, CSA

 
Join NETWORK Tonight for an In-depth Conversation about Voting Rights

 

"From Bloody Sunday to Today: The Fight for the Right to Vote"

 
On March 7, 1965, John Lewis, Hosea Williams, and 600 civil rights marchers were viciously beaten and tear gassed by Alabama state and local police at the Edmund Pettus Bridge as they embarked on a march from Selma to Montgomery to demand voting rights. "Bloody Sunday" ignited the conscience of the nation and led to the Voting Rights Act, passed five months later. Join NETWORK and our advocacy partners tonight at 7:00 PM Eastern for "From Bloody Sunday to Today: The Fight for the Right to Vote," an in-depth conversation among nationally recognized experts, presented by the Workers Circle and the Center for Common Ground. The event will be ASL interpreted and live captioning will be provided.

Today the fight to ensure every eligible voter has the right to vote has taken on new urgency. Since the 2013 Supreme Court decision, Shelby v. Holder,  removed federal oversight of states with histories of voter suppression, there has been a dramatic rise in state laws that restrict peoples' right to vote. In fact, since the 2020 election, state legislators have introduced four times as many bills restricting people's basic right to vote as last year.

Tonight's presenters will look back at what it took to get the 1965 Voting Rights Act passed, how it expanded the vote, and the ongoing attempts to subvert it. They will also explain how passing voting rights legislation in 2021 is an urgent matter of racial justice and critical to strengthening our democracy. You'll leave this conversation equipped and inspired to take action.
 
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  In solidarity,
Sister Quincy Howard, OP
Government Relations Advocate

 

 
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