September Write Here! Write Now!
Protect Voter Rights
In September, we are writing to protect voting rights, as our 5th principle calls us to “advocate for a healthy, inclusive democratic process” and this June, the UUA General Assembly approved an Action of Immediate Witness (AIW) to “Stop Voter Suppression and Partner for Voting Rights and a Multiracial Democracy.”
The bills are there and have been passed by the House. Only the Senate and the filibuster stand in the way of passage of the For The People Act, and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act. These bills make it easier for citizens to vote, reduce the power of big money in elections, set new ethics standards for government officials, and restore the Voting Rights Act to prevent states from trying to disenfranchise Black and minority voters.
Since the Supreme Court struck down the Voting Rights Act protections in 2013, many states have passed laws aimed at disenfranchising Black and minority voters. We need to put these protections back. We also need to stop the gerrymandering happening in most states at this time, now that the 2020 census results are out.
See a 2-page handout on the issue, and register for the issue briefing by our invited expert, Andrea Miller on Wednesday, Sept. 15 at 7-9PM. See also the easy web page to write to your Senators about this issue. The web page has background information and a sample letter you can customize to make it yours. Then click Take Action and it’s sent automatically to both your Senators.
Accotink’s Letter-writing party is Saturday, September 18 at 10 AM. John P will be there to answer questions and show you how to write an effective letter. Here is the Zoom link: