What Are You Doing on December 13?

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For most ordinary folks with an ounce of responsibility, whether it’s for work, family, or personal health, you show up. Not the US Senate. They plan to recess on December 13 with major democracy bills — the Freedom to Vote Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Act — in limbo.

We, RepresentUs, have joined 200+ organization signing a public letter to say, “no recess until you get the job done.” If you or your organization is not among them, time to change that! No more ‘kicking the can down the road,’ punting, or waiting just for the right time (for what, Godot?). That doesn’t cut it. This is not business as usual.

Voter suppression and disenfranchisement are flaming across the country. Our house (aka, Democracy) built by Democrats, Republicans and independents is on fire — and the fire brigade doesn’t go on recess to watch the building burn down!

You know what to do. But, if you’re still unsure, ask me.

Thanks,

David Goodman

Chapter Leader, Represent.Us/New Jersey

+1 (609) 462-0157

You will be joining 200+ organizations that are urging the senate to delay recess to pass Federal Voting Rights Legislation. Their letter follows.

December 2, 2021

Dear Senators:

We, the undersigned organizations of the Declaration for American Democracy (DFAD) coalition and/or The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, urge you to commit to reconsideration of the Freedom to Vote Act and the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act immediately and that the 2021 holiday recess scheduled to begin on December 13, 2021, should be delayed if the bills are not passed. This provides ample time to ensure the Senate has the necessary time to debate and vote on these critically important pieces of voting rights legislation.

The most important step that Congress can take to protect the array of issues our organizations advocate for is to pass these vitally important voting rights bills in order to ensure that all Americans’ voices are heard in our democracy.

Our country is facing an existential crisis that has little precedent. Just this year, 19 states have passed 33 laws restricting voting rights, and more are likely to come as legislatures convene next year. At the same time, state lawmakers across the country are currently gerrymandering legislative maps to choose which voters they represent, instead of the other way around. Even after the horrifying January 6th attack on the citadel of American democracy to disrupt the peaceful transfer of power, there continue to be unparalleled efforts to sabotage our elections with fear, disinformation, and partisan practices intended to overturn the voices and votes of the American people, often targeting communities of color. These efforts have been further aided by the majority of the Supreme Court, which this year made two consequential decisions to further empower dark, untraceable money in our politics and further weaken the vital Voting Rights Act of 1965.

The Freedom to Vote Act combines policy proposals and best practices from both Democrats and Republicans across the country and would enact commonsense and proven practices to protect the freedom to vote, end dark money, stop partisan gerrymandering, and protect our elections from partisan sabotage. The John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act will restore and strengthen the Voting Rights Act to ensure that voters are protected from future attacks on their freedom to vote.

In order to pass the Freedom to Vote Act, the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, and other vitally important priorities, we are calling on the Senate to delay the recess set to begin on December 13, 2021, until these bills are passed. This legislation must be a top priority on the remaining agenda for the year, and we urge you to stay in session to do whatever it takes until these bills are passed because inaction is not an option.

Without first safeguarding our democracy to ensure that all Americans’ voices are heard, we will not be able to make progress on the issues that all of our organizations fight for every day. The Senate cannot delay in passing the Freedom to Vote Act and the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act and must take up this legislation immediately.

Signed,

National Organizations

  • Declaration for American Democracy
  • The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
  • US
  • ADL (the Anti-Defamation League)
  • All On The Line
  • Alliance for Youth Action
  • American Atheists
  • American Federation of Teachers
  • American Friends Service Committee
  • American Humanist Association
  • American Promise
  • American Sustainable Business Network
  • Americans for Democratic Action (ADA)
  • Andrew Goodman Foundation, Inc.
  • Asian Americans Advancing Justice – AAJC
  • Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote (APIAVote)
  • Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD)
  • Autistic Self Advocacy Network
  • Bend the Arc: Jewish Action
  • Blue Future
  • Blue Wave Postcard Movement
  • Brennan Center for Justice
  • Build Back Better USA
  • Center for American Progress
  • Center for Common Ground
  • Center for Disability Rights
  • Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP)
  • Center for Popular Democracy
  • Change the Chamber
  • Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW)
  • Clean Water Action
  • Clearinghouse on Women’s Issues
  • Climate Hawks Vote
  • Common Cause
  • Common Defense
  • Communications Workers of America (CWA)
  • Daily Kos
  • Demand Progress
  • DemCast USA
  • Democracy 21
  • Democracy for All 2021 (DFA2021)
  • Democracy Initiative
  • Democracy Matters
  • Demos
  • Empowering Pacific Islander Communities (EPIC)
  • End Citizens United / Let America Vote Action Fund
  • Equal Citizens
  • Equal Justice Society
  • Fair Elections Center
  • Faith in Public Life
  • Faithful America
  • Faiths for Safe Water
  • Feminist Majority Foundation
  • For All
  • Free Speech For People
  • Friends of the Earth
  • Future Coalition
  • Greenpeace USA
  • Impact Fund
  • In Our Own Voice: National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda
  • Indivisible
  • Just Democracy
  • Labor Council for Latin American Advancement
  • LatinoJustice PRLDEF
  • Lawyers Defending American Democracy
  • League of Women Voters of the United States
  • March On
  • Matthew Shepard Foundation
  • Mi Familia Vota
  • Movement Labs
  • MoveOn
  • NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America
  • National Association of Social Workers
  • National Black Justice Coalition
  • National Council of Churches USA
  • National Council of Jewish Women
  • National Council on Independent Living
  • National Employment Lawyers Association
  • National Voter Corps
  • National Wildlife Federation Action Fund
  • Network Lobby for Catholic Social Justice
  • NextGen America
  • OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates
  • Our Revolution
  • People For the American Way
  • People’s Action
  • Planned Parenthood Action Fund
  • Poder Latinx
  • Poligon Education Fund
  • Pride at Work
  • Progressive Democrats of America
  • Progressive Turnout Project
  • Project On Government Oversight (POGO)
  • Protect Democracy
  • Public Citizen
  • Public Wise
  • RepresentUs
  • Rock the Vote
  • Secure Elections Network
  • SEIU
  • Sierra Club
  • SMART Legislation
  • Stand Up America
  • State Voices
  • The Civics Center
  • The United Methodist Church – General Board of Church and Society
  • The Workers Circle
  • Transformative Justice Coalition
  • UltraViolet
  • Un-PAC
  • UnidosUS
  • Union of Concerned Scientists
  • Unitarian Universalist Association
  • URGE: Unite for Reproductive & Gender Equity
  • Voices for Progress
  • org
  • VoteVets
  • 20/20 Vision DC

State/Local Organizations

  • Action Together New Jersey
  • African American Christian Clergy Coalition
  • Arizona Educators United
  • Arizona Justice Alliance
  • Baltimore County Progressive Democrats Club
  • CD 19 NEW PALTZ (Indivisible)
  • Change Begins With ME (Indivisible)
  • Clean Elections Texas
  • Coalition to Preserve, Protect & Defend
  • DoTheMostGood
  • Eastern Panhandle Central Labor Council
  • Feminists in Action Los Angeles
  • Fix Democracy First
  • Florida Chapter, Progressive Democrats of America
  • GAIN POWER
  • Georgia Coalition for the People’s Agenda
  • Get Money Out – Maryland
  • Hudson Valley Strong Indivisible
  • Indivisible Acton Area
  • Indivisible Boston CD7
  • Indivisible Chicago Alliance
  • Indivisible Clackamas District 5
  • Indivisible Common Ground WNC
  • Indivisible East Bay
  • Indivisible Elmwood
  • Indivisible Georgia-11
  • Indivisible Georgia Coalition
  • Indivisible Harlem
  • Indivisible Hawaii
  • Indivisible Hudson Valley
  • Indivisible Lumpkin
  • Indivisible Marching Buddies of Atlanta
  • Indivisible Marin
  • Indivisible Mass Coalition
  • Indivisible New Paltz CD 19
  • Indivisible Northern Nevada
  • Indivisible Outer Cape
  • Indivisible ReSisters Walnut Creek
  • Indivisible Sacramento
  • Indivisible San Francisco
  • Indivisible San Jose
  • Indivisible Santa Cruz County
  • Indivisible Sedona
  • Indivisible SEMO
  • Indivisible Sonoma County
  • Indivisible South Peninsula
  • Indivisible St Louis
  • Indivisible Ulster
  • Indivisible Ventura
  • Indivisible West Marin
  • Indivisible Yolo
  • Indivisible: Narberth and Beyond
  • IndivisibleSpokane
  • League of Women Voters of Arizona
  • League of Women Voters of Missouri
  • Lower Cape Indivisible (LCI)
  • Maine Citizens for Clean Elections
  • Mainers for Accountable leadership Action
  • Michiganders for Fair & Transparent Elections
  • Mid-Ohio Valley Climate Action
  • Milton Indivisible
  • Missouri Action Alliance
  • Missouri Voter Protection Coalition
  • MountainTop Progressives
  • NASW – WV Chapter
  • New Hampshire Youth Movement
  • Northridge Indivisible
  • Olive Action
  • Orchard City Indivisible
  • Oregonizers
  • Our Vote Texas
  • Progressive Democrats of America – Arizona
  • Putnam Progressives
  • Reclaim Our Democracy
  • Resistance Action Tuesdays and Thursdays = RATT Pack
  • Rise Up WV
  • Summit Area Indivisible
  • Summit Marches On
  • Swing Blue Alliance
  • Toni Powell
  • Trinity United Church of Christ
  • U-Act (Ulster Activists)
  • Venice Resistance
  • Vintage Vanguard
  • We Are One Sullivan
  • West Virginia NAACP
  • Wisconsin Democracy Campaign
  • Wisconsin Faith Voices for Justice
  • Women’s March West Virginia
  • WV Citizen Action
  • WV Citizens for Clean Elections
  • WV FREE
  • WV Working Families Party