Action Alert August 2020

Let’s suppress voter suppression.

In the wake of John Lewis’s death, let’s honor his life by turning toward an issue that he was willing to die for: voting rights. It’s as relevant today as it was when Congress passed the Voting Rights Act in 1964.

In the swing state of Florida, Amendment 4, which in 2019 gave felons the right to vote, passed with 65% of the vote. Since that time, the Florida legislature passed a law that requires felons to pay all fines and fees before voting. The hefty fees, along with a state system that often does not know how much must be paid, will prevent these people from voting. As of now, the courts have upheld the law. What can we do?
Visit the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition’s website. https://floridarrc.com/about/
They are collecting money to pay the fees owed by felons.

The NBA fans in our membership will be happy to know that LeBron James’ group, More than a Vote, is donating money to the Florida Rights Coalition.

Another voting rights organization worthy of a look is Fair Fight https://fairfight.com/about-fair-fight/
Founded by Stacy Abrams, it works in Georgia and nationwide to secure and maintain voting rights. You can get on their email list and/or donate.

Do you have friends in the swing states of Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, or Texas? If so, you can contact them to be sure they know everything they need to know to exercise their right to vote. At vote.org they will find voting information for every state. Voters can check their registration, polling places, and regulations about absentee voting and vote by mail.

Let’s suppress voter suppression.

Rest in peace, John Lewis. This one’s for you.

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