Aug. 6 is the 54th anniversary of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. But instead of commemorating this landmark voting rights legislation, many advocates today are fighting to curb the voter suppression unleashed by the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2013 decision to diminish it.
The Court’s Shelby County v. Holder decision paved the way for states to pass new restrictive voting laws. On Tuesday, Aug. 6, Civic Nebraska is joining Americans across the country who are mobilizing to seek action on this issue. And we need you to join us.
Come to Memorial Park, 6003 Underwood Ave. in Omaha, at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 6 to join other voting rights advocates in the call for the restoration of the protections in the Voting Rights Act.
If you can’t attend the vigil in Omaha, you can always sign up to host or attend an event in your town. What is important is that wherever you are on Aug. 6, you are willing, able, and ready to make your voice heard!
Protecting the right to vote for every eligible citizen is critical to a functioning democracy. We believe that all means all – and that we cannot make progress on critical issues until we have a truly representative democracy in which all voices are counted, heard, and represented. Protecting the right to vote for every eligible citizen is critical to a modern, robust democracy.
I hope to see you Aug. 6 at Memorial Park! Feel free to RSVP on Facebook to let everyone know that you’ll be there to stand up for everyone’s voting rights.
Thanks for all that you do,
Voting Rights Field Director