The NEDC is Sponsoring:

Historic Congressional Briefing
and Luncheon

“HOW VOTER SUPPRESSION EFFORTS ARE THREATENING OUR DEMOCRACY”


THURSDAY, APRIL 21, 1:00PM-3:00PM
(LUNCH STARTS AT 12:45PM)

2237 RAYBURN BUILDING

 
 

This urgent and timely Congressional briefing will expose state voter suppression laws and practices that could stop approximately 1.3 million Americans from voting in competitive states. Thirty-two states have promulgated new Jim Crow laws to combat the largely mythical "voter fraud." Sixteen of these states will see their plans go into effect for the crucial 2016 elections. 

These include, but are not limited to, proof of
citizenship, strict photo ID requirements, early voting cutbacks, and practices that create
extreme waiting lines.

This is happening predominately in precincts with a large presence of African Americans, Hispanics, and university students.

Additionally our aging voting machines and insecure vote-counting technology pose serious questions about vulnerability and accuracy.

New books and reports about voter suppression and the 2016 primary voting experiences will be explored, with advice and recommendations from panelists about methodologies to protect voters and secure the franchise.
 
This Congressional briefing is being sponsored by the Transformative Justice Coalition (TJC), led by civil rights attorney Barbara Arnwine, and by the National Election Defense Coalition (NEDC). 

Moderator
Roland S. Martin of NewsOne

Speakers
Rep. John Conyers
Rep. Shelia Jackson Lee
Rep. Raúl Grijalva
Rep. Maxine Waters
Rep. Terri Sewell
Rep. Marc Veasey
Rep. Fredrica Wilson
Rep. Elija Cummings
Rep. Hank Johnson


Rev. William Barber
Executive Director, N.C. NAACP
Leader, Moral Monday Movement

Barbara R. Arnwine
Transformative Justice Coalition
Former Executive Director, Lawyers’ 
Committee For Civil Rights Under Law

Robert J. Fitrakis, PhD
Professor, Columbus State College
Election Defense Expert

Ari Berman
Contributing Writer, Nation Magazine
Voting Rights Expert

Lindsey Nielson, PhD
University of California, San Diego
Author of the recent UCSD Report  
How Voter Suppression Laws
Are Restricting the Vote in
Communities of Color

 
 
 

For more information on the Congressional Briefing contact:

Joel Segal, Legislative Director, National Election Defense Coalition, 
former Senior Legislative Assistant to Rep. John Conyers.
571-344-1518 or Joel.R.Segal@gmail.com


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

Americans face a crucial crossroads. Democratic reform is not a partisan issue, it is a moral imperative.
— NEDC Co-Founder, Former VT State Senator Ben Ptashnik

By derailing democracy, extremists have occupied government and are controlling policy on vital issues:
 

  • Poverty and Inequality

  • Jobs and Opportunity

  • War for Profit

  • Women's Rights

  • Mass Incarceration and Police Violence

  • Climate Change and Environmental Protection

 
 

WE ARE ORGANIZING TO RECLAIM DEMOCRACY and our future.
 

 

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