NAACP Issues Call to Action on Voting Rights Amendment ActJune 13, 2014
Fifty-one years ago this week, NAACP Field Secretary Medgar Wylie Evers was murdered for organizing blacks to register and to vote in Mississippi. In 2014, too many restrictions still limit access to the ballot box for blacks, Latinos, Native Americans, the elderly, youth and low-income citizens. Our basic rights are in jeopardy, and we must act.
As the Congressional leadership shifts, it is essential that Congress work in a bi-partisan manner to protect the right to vote – the sacred franchise that is the hallmark of a true democracy. Through the legislative process -- beginning in the Senate and continuing in the House -- the Voting Rights Act Amendment must be supported and passed. It is the only guarantee for all citizens to be heard and for all votes to be counted.
The National NAACP will honor the memory of Medgar Evers by issuing a call to action for full civic participation and representation in 2014, including:
- Engaging directly with Members of Congress to call for hearings in the Senate and the House on the Voting Rights Act Amendment;
- Enlisting registered voters to assist elders and first-time voters with securing all required documents and identification to register and vote;
- Encouraging faith leaders to educate their congregations on the importance of being registered and of voting in all elections; and
- Educating and deploying our network of 2.5 million digital activists to support unfettered access to the polls, and to urge that every vote be counted.
Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation's oldest and largest nonpartisan civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities. You can read more about the NAACP’s work and our five “Game Changer” issue areas here.