After a difficult weekend for our country, you may be asking what you can do right now to protect and defend our democracy. Of course, most conversations end with one answer: vote. But we also know it’s not that simple – ever since a 2013 decision by the Supreme Court to gut the Voting Rights Act, it’s getting harder and harder to exercise that right. Since that ruling, 20 states have passed new restrictive voting laws and have made it more difficult for many voters to access the ballot.
If we want long-term, meaningful change on the issues that matter to us, we have to first stand up for our most basic, most precious right. At 7:30 pm Tuesday, Aug. 6, voting rights advocates are gathering at Memorial Park, 6003 Underwood Ave. in Omaha, to commemorate the 54th anniversary of the 1965 Voting Rights Act – and to demand the restoration of the Act’s basic protections.
The Shine a Light for Democracy Vigil in Omaha is one of dozens of gatherings across the country Tuesday in support of voting rights. Please, take 45 minutes to join us at Memorial Park to add to the thousands of voices who are calling for our elected leaders to restore and preserve the right to vote for all Americans before the 2020 elections.
Together, let’s stand up to say loud and clear that voting rights are an essential priority not only for our elected leaders but for our entire nation and the future of our democracy. Because without the vote, there is no chance of change.
Tuesday. 7:30 pm. Memorial Park in Omaha. See you there!
Voting Rights Field Director