Adam Schiff’s request on the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act

Hello,

We are on the cusp of a once-in-a-generation moment in Congress, where we have the opportunity to advance some of the most sweeping voting rights and pro-democracy legislation in decades. It would make John Lewis so proud.

When my friend and colleague John Lewis passed away last year, he left behind an extraordinary legacy of fighting fearlessly for the right to vote. Whether it was being nearly beaten to death as a young man marching across the Edmund Pettus Bridge or providing searing moral clarity on the Floor of the House of Representatives, John truly was our nation’s conscience.

There is no better way to honor him than by passing the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act which would give the Voting Rights Act real teeth again to enforce the law and prevent voter discrimination, especially in communities of color that are the target of so many blatant voter suppression efforts — like they are right now.

The truth is, Donald Trump’s “Big Lie” that the 2020 election was stolen, along with right-wing Republican legislators across the country furiously trying to pass more laws to suppress the vote has left our democracy hanging by a thread. Unless we take action — in the spirit and memory of John Lewis and the Civil Rights heroes who marched, organized, and died for the cause — our democracy may never recover.

Sadly, Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans will filibuster the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act in a desperate attempt to bury another key piece of our agenda in McConnell’s legislative graveyard. We cannot let them get away with it again, which is why we must press forward with reforming or outright ending the filibuster in the Senate.

So, I’m personally asking you — join me in calling on the Senate to end the filibuster so we can advance important, pro-democracy reforms like the Voting Rights Advancement Act to protect our most fundamental right:

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We must never let our guard down when it comes to protecting our democracy — just like John taught us for decades. Let’s keep up his fight.

— Adam

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