NEDC UPDATES:

June 23, 2016

Congress and Activists Mobilize to Fight Voter Suppression

June 23 voting rights press conference; Rep. Veasey, (D-Texas), Rep. Sewell, (D- Alabama) Rev. Jesse Jackson, Rainbow -- PUSH, Rev. Lennox Yearwood, Hip Hop Caucus, Barbara Arnwine, chair of the Voting Rights Alliance, Terry O'Neill, National Organization For Women and Rep. Charles Rangel (D-New York). (Photo: Ben Ptashnik)

June 23 voting rights press conference; Rep. Veasey, (D-Texas), Rep. Sewell, (D- Alabama) Rev. Jesse Jackson, Rainbow -- PUSH, Rev. Lennox Yearwood, Hip Hop Caucus, Barbara Arnwine, chair of the Voting Rights Alliance, Terry O'Neill, National Organization For Women and Rep. Charles Rangel (D-New York). (Photo: Ben Ptashnik)

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.

Read the NEDC report at Truthout.org


April 21, 2016

HISTORIC CONGRESSIONAL BRIEFING

HOW VOTER SUPPRESSION EFFORTS ARE THREATENING OUR DEMOCRACY

April 21, 2016 Congressional hearing on Voter Suppression and Election Manipulation

 

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 briefing inspired the formation of a new Congressional Voting Rights Caucus.

Read the NEDC report in Truthout.org

Read more about the Congressional briefing

 

 

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