Our vote is one of our most powerful tools for change, and right now, our voting rights are under attack.
State legislatures are targeting voting rights in an effort to silence young people and people of color. And major legislation to expand voting access at the federal level is being blocked by racist and outdated processes like the filibuster, while Democrats are not taking this threat to our democracy seriously. In this country, no matter our background or zip code, we value our freedom – including our freedom to vote. Our elected leaders must ensure we can safely and freely cast our ballots, have our voices heard, and elect leaders who deliver on our priorities. When our people cannot vote, our voices are silenced and we cannot elect representatives who reflect our values. Our vote is our power.
Youth-led organizations in the Alliance Network are fighting back to defend our democracy, but we need everyone in this fight.
1 Tell the Senate to end the filibuster
The filibuster is a ‘Jim Crow relic’ that congress members are weaponizing to keep our democracy rigged. Senate Republicans have already used it to block critical legislation and have promised to use it to prevent landmark voting legislation like the For the People Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act from passing. In order to pass the legislation to protect democracy, we must get rid of the filibuster.
2 Tell the Senate to pass the For the People Act
The For the People Act is one of the most comprehensive pieces of legislation to expand our democracy by ending gerrymandering, getting big money out of politics, and combating voter suppression. Its passage would be a monumental step in the right direction of building a democracy that works for all. We need you to call your Senators and tell them to pass the For the People Act.
3 Tell the Senate to pass the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act
Republicans are attacking voting rights across the country largely affecting communities of color. The John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act would restore critical provisions of the Voting Rights Act and protect our freedom to vote. Call your Senators and tell them we must pass the John Lewis Voting Rights Act.
4 Donate to local youth-led organizations fighting for voting rights
Youth-led organizations like MOVE Texas, Loud Light, Forward Montana, and more are fighting to protect the right to vote and expand voting access. Donate and support these organizations in the network so we can continue to protect our democracy.
Youth organizers have been putting in the work to welcome people into our democracy and ensure their freedom to vote despite years of legislation making it harder to vote. Now, we need the President and Congress to be as bold as organizers on the ground because there is too much at stake. It is time to end the filibuster so legislation like the John Lewis Advancement Act and the For the People Act can pass. The future of our democracy hangs in the balance.