June 23, 2016
Congress and Activists Mobilize to Fight Voter Suppression
In May, 2016, the NEDC worked with Congress members to organize a new Voting Rights Caucus, the first official congressional organization devoted to the cause of defending electoral democracy.
Now 71 Representatives strong, the caucus is made up predominately of members of the Congressional Black Caucus, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus and the Congressional Progressive Caucus.
The Voting Rights Alliance was generated to support the Caucus. The VRA is a growing network of organizations, activists, and legislators working to restore and protect voting rights from concerted attacks that undermine our access to the polls, and to have our votes fairly counted.
On June 23, Voting Rights Alliance members from across the country came to DC for a rally and press conference.
At the same time thousands of callers flooded the Congressional Switchboard, demanding the House Speaker and Judiciary Committee Chairs hold hearings on the Voting Rights Act.
That day, the Alliance also held a Twitter town hall and a Twitter storm using the hashtag #ProtestShelby2016. The social media conversation included thousands of participants helping to launch a national campaign to push for the Voting Rights Advancement Act’s remedial legislation needed to restore voting rights, and to build a resistance movement to voter suppression.
April 21, 2016
HISTORIC CONGRESSIONAL BRIEFING
HOW VOTER SUPPRESSION EFFORTS ARE THREATENING OUR DEMOCRACY
“There is a very insidious, treacherous and deceitful method of voter suppression, and I would be remiss if I did not tell you about it. It has to do with the integrity of the voting process itself.”
-- Representative Hank Johnson
This Congressional briefing on April 21, 2016 was sponsored by the National Election Defense Coalition (NEDC), and the Transformative Justice Coalition (TJC) .
We are pleased to report that our efforts in mobilizing resistance in Congress to state voter suppression and election fraud led to a standing room only crowd in a House Judiciary Committee hearing room on April 21st.
Nine members of Congress and two hundred activists and Congressional staff gathered for a historic briefing on the most pressing issues of 2016; voter suppression and
anipulation of US elections.
THE NEDC MISSION
RESTORING DEMOCRACY TO U.S. ELECTIONS
Democratic elections determine the direction of our communities, our nation, and our planet. But in America, the will of the people is being profoundly undermined through coordinated attacks:
MASS VOTER SUPPRESSION
RIGGED VOTING MACHINES
CORRUPT CAMPAIGN FINANCE
By derailing democracy, extremists have occupied government and are controlling policy on vital issues:
Climate Change and Environmental Protection
Poverty, Inequality and Health
Jobs and Opportunity
Mass Incarceration and Police Violence
War for Profit