know about The reform of the Electoral Computation Law is necessary; Congress must also address racial discrimination in voting
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Mattie Goldman, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, [email protected]
Lacy Crawford, Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, [email protected]
Chris Ford, Legal Defense Fund (LDF), [email protected]
Rotimi Adeoye, American Civil Liberties Union, [email protected]
Michelle Boykins, Asian Americans Advancing Justice – AAJC, [email protected]
Mauda Moran, Native American Rights Fund, [email protected]
Kevin Pallasch, Southern Poverty Law Center Action Fund, [email protected]
Gwyn Ellsworth, demos, [email protected]
WASHINGTON — Leading civil rights organizations released the following joint statement urging Congress to fully address the assault on our democracy, including urgent threats to the voting rights of people of color:
“The undersigned organizations welcome the introduction of legislation to reform the Election Count Act of 1887 (“ECA”). The deadly insurrection at the US Capitol on January 6, 2021, seeking to overturn the results of a presidential election, was an unprecedented and dangerous assault on our democracy. The House Select Committee hearings continue to document the myriad forms of abuse of power and office that fueled and facilitated this attack, and we join the call for accountability for all involved, including at the highest level. We can never allow this to happen again. The provisions of the bill are intended to address any ambiguity in the ECA. We hope that Congress will carefully review and strengthen the current proposal to ensure that final legislation removes all avenues to undermine the votes and voices of our increasingly diverse electorate.
“While discussing critical steps to prevent another head-on challenge to the vote count process is valuable, we must again stress that reforming the ECA is not enough to protect our democracy at this fragile time. Early in the Senate’s bipartisan efforts to reform the ECA, many of the undersigned organizations sent a letter to the Senate urging it to directly confront growing racial discrimination in voting.
“We know very well that the January 6 attack on our democracy, like the growing attacks on voting rights, was rooted in white supremacy and represented a backlash to greater political participation by communities of color. These threats continue in full force and must be addressed immediately by this Congress if we hope to secure and safeguard an inclusive multiracial democracy in which all can participate. Although the accompanying legislation published alongside the ECA reform proposal speaks to some aspects of electoral administration, it does nothing to address electoral discrimination and thus fails to address a key root cause of the insurrection. We hope that as the Senate considers necessary reform of the ECA, it can also devote time and resources to addressing urgent threats to voting rights for people of color across the United States.”
The statement was signed by the following organizational leaders:
- Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law President and CEO Damon Hewitt
- The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights Executive Vice President for Government Affairs Jesselyn McCurdy
- Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union Anthony D. Romero
- The Legal Defense Fund (LDF) Policy Director Lisa Cylar Barrett
- Asian American Advancing Justice – AAJC President and CEO John C. Yang
- Executive Director of the Native American Rights Fund John E. Echohawk
- Southern Poverty Law Center Action Fund Policy Director LaShawn Warren
- Demos President Taifa Smith Butler
About the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights by Law: The Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights by Law is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization formed in 1963 at the request of President John F. Kennedy to mobilize lawyers The nation’s leading attorneys as agents for change in the Civil Rights Movement. Today, the Lawyers Committee uses legal advocacy to achieve racial justice, fighting in and out of court to ensure that Black people and other people of color have the voice, opportunity and power to make the promises of our democracy a reality. . For more information please visit https://lawyerscommittee.org
The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights is a coalition charged by its diverse membership of more than 230 national organizations to promote and protect the rights of all people in the United States. The Leadership Conference works toward an America as good as its ideals. For more information about The Leadership Conference and its member organizations, visit www.rightsciviles.org.
For more than 100 years, the ACLU He has worked in courts, legislatures, and communities to protect the constitutional rights of all people. With a national network of offices and millions of members and supporters, the ACLU takes on the toughest fights for civil liberties in pursuit of liberty and justice for all.
Founded in 1940, the Legal Defense Fund (LDF) is the nation’s first legal civil rights organization. The LDF Thurgood Marshall Institute is a multidisciplinary and collaborative center within the LDF that launches targeted campaigns and conducts innovative research to shape the civil rights narrative. In media attributions, please refer to us as the Legal Defense Fund or LDF. Note that the LDF has been completely separate from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) since 1957, although the LDF was originally founded by the NAACP and shares its commitment to equal rights.
Asian Americans Advancing Justice: AAJC has a mission to advance the civil and human rights of Asian Americans and to build and promote a just and equitable society for all. Visit our website at advanced-justice-aajc.org
NARF is a 501c(3) nonprofit organization that focuses on enforcing existing laws and treaties to ensure that the federal and state governments meet their legal obligations to Native Americans. Since 1970, the Native American Rights Fund (NARF) has provided specialized legal assistance to Indian tribes, organizations, and individuals across the country to assert and defend important Native rights.
SPLC Action Fund is a catalyst for racial justice in the South and beyond, working in partnership with communities to dismantle white supremacy, strengthen intersectional movements, and advance the human rights of all people. SPLC Action Fund is the 501(c)4 affiliate organization of the Southern Poverty Law Center. For more information visit www.splcactionfund.org.
Demos is a think tank that drives the movement for a fair, inclusive and multiracial democracy. Through cutting-edge policy research, inspiring litigation, and deep relationships with grassroots organizations, Demos champions solutions that will create a democracy and economy rooted in racial equity.