Bringing the Fight to Congress to Restore the Voting Rights Act

by Rachel Rye Butler

September 16, 2015

America's Journey for Justice has arrived in Washington, DC, and the call to restore voting rights and protect the promise of democracy has never been louder.

Journey for Justice

America's Journey for Justice is more than a march: it's a movement to restore our democracy. Now it's reached its final destination and is ready to rally Congress to restore the Voting Rights Act. Photo by NAACP / All Rights Reserved.

Thanks to the Supreme Court, there are fewer protections against racial discrimination in our elections today than there were 50 years ago when the Voting Rights Act became law.  

We’re out to change that. On September 16, 2015, we’ll take this call to Congress as the final day of America’s Journey for Justice. Buoyed by the strength of more than 50 partner organizations and hundreds of activists from across the country, the call to #RestoreTheVRA will not be ignored.

When America’s Journey for Justice kicked off this August, the organizers had a mission.

Restore the Right to Vote

Restore voting rights, protect the promise of democracy.

While corporate interests and billionaires continue to do their best to buy our elections and restrict voting rights, those who made the 1,000-mile march from Selma, Alabama to Washington, DC or supported from afar have taken a brave stand for civil rights, economic justice and our democracy.  

We know that the same forces that are destroying our environment are trying to dismantle progress on healthcare, education and our voting rights. These issues are connected, and as a movement it’s time we connect to tackle them together.

We are at a crossroads. We can continue down a path that gives corporate interests the greatest influence they’ve ever enjoyed in our democracy, or we can say enough is enough and demand action, restore voting rights and faith in our system. The environment doesn’t stand a chance without our action, and frankly, neither do many of the other rights we take for granted.

Even if you can’t join us on Capitol Hill you can still help.

Write to your member of Congress now and urge them to take up the Voting Rights Advancement Act and vocally join the call to #RestoreTheVRA.

It’s not enough just to support voting rights — we need action now to ensure that, come election time, our right to participate will be protected.

We cannot have a fair and representative democracy when corporations have a bigger say with politicians than the people who elected them into office. With companies like Shell, Duke Energy and others breathing down Congress’s neck, the environment needs people like us to take a stand.

Follow #RestoreTheVRA today as we rally on Capitol Hill to demand action from Congress.

Rachel Rye Butler

By Rachel Rye Butler

Rachel Rye Butler is a campaigner at Greenpeace USA

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