Voting Rights Bills – All In Their Power To Pass

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We Must Act, To Defend Our Democracy

“Whatever the causes, today’s mixture of ordinary and extraordinary politics underscores the notion that the American republic is more likely to perish with a whimper than with a bang — not through violent insurrection but rather through the piecemeal subversion of another closely fought election.”

Sam Rosenfeld, Opinion, Washington Post

You’ve probably heard along multiple channels, from multiple democracy actors that this is a big week for democracy in the United States. In a letter to colleagues last Monday morning, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer announced the Senate will debate and vote on changing Senate rules if Republicans block a vote on the Freedom to Vote Act. Leader Schumer promised a vote on Senate reforms by Martin Luther King Jr. Day, January 17, within days.

  • A recent Politico article provides context on the maneuvers
  • A CNN item covers the announcement
  • A piece in The Hill reports what Min. Leader McConnell is threatening

Those Senate rule reforms would allow passage of critically important voting rights legislation with a simple majority: the Freedom to Vote Act (S. 2747) and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act (S. 4), and our Senators need to hear support from you today, this week.

Urge your Senator to do all in their power, including changing Senate filibuster rules, in order to protect our sacred right to vote. It’s what you want! It’s what we need! The filibuster is standing in the way of so many justice issues, but if the Senate can’t act, this Congress, the 117th, may well mark the beginning of the demise of our democracy.

Yes, your Senators need to hear from you, again!

Even if they appear solid on the legislation or procedural maneuverings, they need to feel searing voter scrutiny, so they will do what is needed for the health of our democracy at the moment that counts. Those who oppose, need to hear your principled concern, so they know they will be judged for that opposition.

There can be no misunderstanding that Americans view voting as a fundamental right of all American citizens, and we expect our elected officials to secure our democracy in face of what state legislatures have been doing.

In love and for justice,

Pablo DeJesus, Executive Director, Unitarian Universalists for Social Justice