"Voting is the most important nonviolent tool we have." – Honorable Congressman John Lewis
During the first presidential candidate debate, we heard more than a provocative dog whistle for intimidating voters. We will not sit on the sidelines and be deprived of our basic rights. And we will not give comfort to those who try to instill fear and hatred.
The challenges facing the black community in 2020 are well documented: police killings, an insufficient response to the coronavirus, mass unemployment and systematic racism. We are now facing a concerted effort to suppress and disenfranchise the inalienable right to vote of the black community.
In 2013, the Supreme Court undermined many of the vital safeguards of the 1965 Suffrage Act. Many states have made it increasingly difficult for minorities to vote. We face the same challenges that our church faced in the 1950s and 1960s. And in the spirit of the late Congressman Lewis, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Ms. Fannie Lou Hamer we too must have a plan of action.
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The NAACP has launched a new civic engagement program called "Protect Our People in Elections" to organize and train our community to better serve as volunteer election monitors in their neighborhood. In view of the increasing and steadily growing threat of oppression and intimidation of voters, the NAACP is committed to participation in election protection with the support of over 100 partner organizations.
Stand up and stand with us in the elections. We must act today to protect our freedoms tomorrow. Our collective presence at the front of the electoral process will send a clear message that the black community is ready to stand up with allies and join forces for progress.
We have that!
This coalition of leaders in the black community works tirelessly to ensure that voters are equipped with the tools and resources necessary to vote safely and securely. The full list of collation partners can be found at NAACP.org