Tell your legislators to support the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act (VRAA)
Democracy is based on the principle that all individuals have equal value and should have equal rights and opportunities.
The John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act seeks to restore and strengthen portions of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 that the U.S. Supreme Court struck down or weakened in several decisions, most notably the 2013 case "Shelby County v. Holder."
The VRAA (H.R. 14) would return the Voting Rights Act to full strength by holding states accountable when they attempt to disenfranchise voters and restore voters’ ability to challenge discriminatory changes to voting practices. The bill also makes efforts toward transparency by requiring local governments to notify the public of changes to voting practices.
Named in honor of civil rights icon and U.S. Congressman John R. Lewis, the act has been the subject of extensive debate in Congress. Its supporters argue that the legislation is essential to protect the voting rights of marginalized communities and ensure that all Americans have an equal voice in the democratic process.
In our faith tradition, we uphold the inherent worth and dignity of every person as well as a free and responsible search for truth and meaning. We value the right of conscience and the use of the democratic process. As a consequence of our principles and our values, we believe that voting rights matter for every person in the U.S.
Stop Voter Suppression and Partner for Voting Rights and a Multiracial Democracy, 2021 Action of Immediate Witness, proposed by UUSJ
Tell your legislators to support the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act (VRAA)
Unitarian Universalists for Social Justice (UUSJ) has been the leader of a national UU advocacy movement in Washington, DC., and will continue our efforts, acting from:
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