The Weekly Democratic Party Address was delivered by Rep. Brenda Lawrence (D-MI) declaring that an attack on our right to vote is an attack on our democracy and advocating for passing H.R. 4, the John Lewis Voting Rights Act of 2020.
(Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence of Michigan discusses the lasting legacy of women’s suffrage and the urgent need to continue the fight against voter suppression efforts that undermine our democracy and disproportionally impact communities of color.)
Seventy years later, women were still denied the right to vote. But women of that time did not wait for change; they demanded it. For generations, they marched, picketed, protested and mobilized in the face of overwhelming challenges and adversity, to be heard as a full and equal citizen in our democracy. Decades of hard work, passion and dedication resulted in the ratification of the 19th Amendment.
Women of color, particularly black women, faced discriminatory practices, such as literacy tests and poll tax, preventing them from exercising their right to vote until the Voting Rights Act of 1965 was enacted, and we commemorate the 55th anniversary of that act being passed this week. […]
Together, we must carry on the suffragists’ fight for access to the ballot box and combat the ongoing voter suppression efforts that undermine our democracy and disproportionally impact communities of color. […]
As we celebrate this 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, let us continue to protect – fight to protect and exercise the sacred right to vote.
(CSPAN link to Weekly Democratic Address: here)