As we honor the life and legacy of the esteemed U.S. Rep. John Lewis, a longtime Congressman from Georgia and fearless champion of civil rights and voting equality who died three years ago on July 17, 2020, we must confront the persisting battle to safeguard and enhance these fundamental rights.
The John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act and The Freedom to Vote Act
The John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act is a proposed law that seeks to strengthen and restore key provisions of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. aims to address the weaknesses created by a 2013 Supreme Court decision and protect the voting rights of all citizens, particularly those who have historically faced discrimination. Despite its significance, the act still faces hurdles in Congress.
The Freedom to Vote Act addresses voter suppression and campaign finance, aiming to expand access, enhance security, and promote fair representation. However, its primary goals are to expand access to voting, strengthen election security measures, and foster fair representation. Yet, it struggles to gain bipartisan support.
Voting rights empower Black individuals to address inequalities, promote justice, and create equal opportunities. Through voting, they can elect representatives who understand the challenges and can make progress when it comes to changing it.
The upcoming election year
Nonetheless, protecting and expanding voting rights for Black people is not just about ensuring equal participation. But also about upholding the principles of democracy and fostering a more inclusive society for everyone.
These advocates serve as a powerful reminder of the significance of protecting voting rights as a cornerstone of a just and inclusive society. They are instrumental in upholding the principles of democracy and empowering every eligible citizen to participate in the process.
Here, we recognize 10 remarkable individuals who are carrying that tradition of making “good trouble” in the name of trying to secure voting rights.
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1. Arekia BennettSource:emersoncollective
Arekia Bennett, an Emerson Collective Fellow and executive director of Mississippi Votes, is leading the 1890 Project campaign to raise awareness about discriminatory voting laws in Mississippi and advocate for change in the state legislature, aiming to restore the ballot-measure process and empower young advocates for disenfranchised voters.
2. Damon Todd HewittSource:@DamonTHewitt
Hewitt, as the acting president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, dedicates his efforts to combatting voter suppression and ensuring fair elections.
3. Derrick JohnsonSource:Getty
As the president and CEO of the NAACP, Johnson leads efforts to combat voter suppression through education, advocacy, and litigation, ensuring equal voting rights for all Americans.
4. LaTosha Brown and Cliff AlbrightSource:Getty
As co-founders of Black Voters Matter Fund, Brown and Albright mobilize and empower Black voters, working to dismantle systemic barriers to voting.
5. Melanie L. CampbellSource:Getty
Melanie Campbell, as the president and CEO of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation, empowers marginalized communities and fights to safeguard their voting rights.
6. Marc MorialSource:Getty
Serving as the president and CEO of the National Urban League, Morial is at the forefront of the battle against voter disenfranchisement, striving for a more equitable electoral system.
7. Nikema WilliamsSource:Georgia State Senate
Following in the footsteps of her predecessor, John Lewis, Williams continues to be a vocal advocate for voting rights as the U.S. Representative for Georgia’s 5th congressional district. She was also a member of the Georgia State Senate for the 39th district before her House campaign.
8. Rebekah CaruthersSource:Traindemocrats.org
As the vice president of the Fair Elections Center, Caruthers actively works to expand access to the ballot box and challenge discriminatory practices, safeguarding the voting rights of all Americans.
9. Sherrilyn IfillSource:Getty
Sherrilyn Ifill was the former president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund. Ifill tirelessly fights against voter suppression and advocates for equal access to the ballot box.
10. Stacey AbramsSource:Getty
Renowned for her tireless efforts in voter registration and mobilization, Abrams fights against voter suppression and advocates for fair elections. She was a member of the Georgia House of Representatives from 2007 to 2017, serving as minority leader from 2011 to 2017.