National LGBTQ Task Force Joins NAACP March Calling for Voting Rights Act Restoration
Washington, DC, September 15, 2015—Today the National LGBTQ Task Force joined the NAACP in calling for the restoration of the Voting Rights Act as part of the “America’s Journey for Justice March.” The 860-mile march began in Selma, Alabama eight weeks ago and ended in Washington, DC.
“This summer we celebrated the 50th anniversary of the historic Voting Rights Act. And as we have seen — year in, year out, with one voter suppression tactic after another — the need for the VRA is as important today as it was when it was first enacted. Two years ago we faced a tremendous set back when the Court issued Shelby and gutted the VRA.
“To this day, people are being turned away at the polls and voter suppression disproportionately impacts people of color, people living in poverty, and the LGBTQ community. Our democracy is too important to be ignored. We can’t get important legislation passed, good legislators elected, or contribute our voices to the future of this country unless we are registered to vote and are actually able to vote,” said Rea Carey, National LGBTQ Task Force Executive Director.
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