By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Senior Nationwide Correspondent
The Transformative Justice Coalition (TJC) and the Nationwide Newspaper Publishers Affiliation (NNPA) joined the Rainbow Push Coalition and others at a star-studded celebration of the 57th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
The all-star program offered what organizers known as an incredible alternative to teach the general public concerning the importance of the Voting Rights Act and the harmful threats from the Supreme Courtroom.
Held on the Thurgood Marshall Heart Belief in Washington D.C.’s historic Shaw District, the occasion additionally highlighted the “anti-democracy forces” that proceed to threaten voting rights across the nation.
Contributors included the Rev. Jesse Jackson, TJC President Dr. Barbara Arnwine and Board Chair Daryl Jones, Nationwide City League President Marc Morial, NNPA President, and CEO Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis Jr., Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Dr. William Barber II, and Black Voters Matter Fund co-founder Latosha Brown.
“We’ve bought to verify our Era Z and Millennials don’t, as Malcolm X stated, fall for the okey-doke,” Dr. Chavis exclaimed to the massive gathering exterior the Thurgood Marshall Belief Constructing.
“That they don’t fall for misinformation. Our historical past reveals that if we proceed preventing for freedom, we’ll win freedom,” Dr. Chavis stated.
“If we proceed to combat for voting rights, we’ll win voting rights.”
Morial known as out the evils of misinformation and voter suppression.
“There’s an effort to suppress and dilute our votes, however we can’t be thwarted, annoyed, or deterred,” Morial asserted.
“Solely willpower and perseverance will assist us guarantee … as a result of so much is on the road. The violent rebellion threatened to carry this nation to its knees on January 6. However sadly, there are some on this nation who don’t imagine in consultant democracy. So don’t imagine within the universality of the appropriate to vote.”
Aspiring to register 10 million extra Black voters earlier than the midterm elections, Arnwine, Dr. Chavis, and others urged the gang in D.C. and people watching by way of a livestream to affix the campaign.
“We battle, and we sacrifice not for ourselves,” Dr. Chavis asserted. “We battle and sacrifice and go to the frontlines, and the very best feeling on this planet is to fall asleep at evening and get up within the morning understanding that you simply’ve achieved one thing on your freedom, on your proper to vote.
“Our sleeves are rolled up. We could have votercades and do all the things we will to make sure that 10 million extra Black persons are registered to vote.”
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