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Join the Declaration for American Democracy coalition for a Week of Action from August 2-6 calling on the Senate to delay recess until they have passed the For the People Act (S.1). #RecessCanWait

In states across the country the freedom to vote is under attack by extremist lawmakers. It is time for Congress to step in and take on this fight to protect our right to vote, and our democracy itself.

The For the People Act must be passed and signed into law before the end of summer in order to go into effect before the 2022 midterms, and to prevent the drawing of hyper-partisan maps that threaten to disenfranchise voters, especially voters of color, for the next decade. The For the People Act would also make voting safer and more accessible, combat government corruption, get big money out of politics, and allow everyday people to run for office – not just millionaires and billionaires.

Congress must pass the For the People Act and cannot let anything stand in its way, including the Jim Crow filibuster. The Senate cannot leave for congressional recess without passing the For the People Act, even if that means delaying recess. #RecessCanWait – our democracy can’t.

MONDAY

August 2

Poor People’s Campaign Moral Monday Action in DC - Faith Leaders + Poor & Low Wage Workers — 11:00am ET

Nonviolent moral direct action focused on the US Senate and led by a mass number of clergy and religious leaders with poor and low-wage workers.

TUESDAY

August 3

Recess Can Wait - Our Democracy Can’t: For the People Act Rally w/ State Legislators at the Capitol — 12 - 2pm ET

State legislators from across the country will join us for a rally outside the Capitol on August 3rd from 12-2pm ET, to demand that Congress stay in session until they pass the For the People Act.

Click here to watch the livestream.

WEDNESDAY

August 4

Pick a Side President Biden: March to the White House - 9:45am ET

March from National Museum of African American History and Culture to Lafayette Park in Washington D.C. for a telepresser calling on President Biden to rise to the moment and use his pulpit to protect voting rights in America.

Where: National Museum of African American History and Culture, 1400 Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20560
Hosted by: Black Voters Matter, Declaration for American Democracy, Next Generation Action Network & Transformative Justice Coalition.

National Call-In Day

On Wednesday 8/4, we will be hosting a National Call-In Day to drive calls to the Senate in support of the For the People Act and to tell Congress not to break for recess before passing it.

THURSDAY

August 5

A Conversation on Your Right to Vote - 4:00pm ET

When we say voting is in danger we are not exaggerating. A handful of politicians in states across the country are trying to enact laws that will create barriers to you exercising your freedom to vote and participate in the decisions that matter in your communities.

The Voting Rights Act is one of the most powerful tools we’ve had for more than 50 years to fight these kinds of efforts. To commemorate the anniversary of the VRA’s enactment, we will be talking to those in the fights now and reflect on how history seems to be repeating itself. We’ll talk about how the law was updated over time to address evolving patterns of discrimination – and why we must continue that tradition by strengthening the VRA now.

Join the Leadership Conference live for this important discussion on Facebook Live on Thursday, August 5th at 4:00 p.m [Click Here]

Fixing The Filibuster to Save Democracy - 6:00pm ET

Right now, the US Senate is considering the For The People Act, the most transformative fair elections and anti-corruption bill in generations. But despite widespread popular support and a majority of senators ready to debate the bill, Republicans are using the filibuster to thwart progress. So what do we do? How do we protect our democracy if the filibuster stands in our way?

Equal Citizens’ Lawrence Lessig will moderate a discussion with Cliff Albright (co-founder of Black Voters Matter) and Eli Zupnick (spokesperson for the Fix Our Senate Coalition) about our democracy, how we fix the filibuster, and what we should expect in the coming weeks.

FRIDAY

August 6

Recess Can Wait - Our Democracy Can’t: Millennials & Gen Z — 12pm to 1:30pm ET

Young people are critical players in our democracy, but our freedom to vote is under attack. Join us for a virtual event featuring State Legislators to call on the Senate to pass the For The People Act before the August recess and urge President Biden to use all powers at his disposal to ensure young Americans are able to participate in our democracy.

Hosted by: DFAD Coalition, Generation Progress, Young Elected Officials Network

Recess Can Wait: Our Summer of Democracy Teach In — 2:30pm to 3:30pm ET

Join the League of Women Voters and The Leadership Conference for a virtual teach-in to learn about the For the People Act, John Lewis Voting rights act, and DC Statehood. This teach-in will cover both why these bills matter and what you can do.

Free The Vote: Our Voice, Our Vote, Our Battle — 7:00-9:00pm ET

Join The Transformative Justice Coalition for a national broadcast in honor of the 56th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Our freedom to vote is under attack across the country by extremist state legislators introducing and passing laws to put up barriers to our participation in elections, especially aimed at Black, Brown and Indigenous voters.

 

Luckily, there are solutions that the federal government can take in order to protect voting rights nationwide and realize a democracy that works for all Americans.

We are calling on Congress to pass the For the People Act to create national standards for federal elections that ensure our freedom to vote is protected no matter your race, income, or zip code.

The For the People Act (S1/HR1) is a once-in-a-generation package of sweeping democracy reforms. The For the People Act would ensure our freedom to vote, make voting safer and more accessible, get big money out of politics, end partisan gerrymandering to ensure fairly drawn districts, restore government ethics to hold our elected officials accountable, and more. It would also undo many of the racist anti-voter state laws that have been passed around the country.

The For the People Act must be passed and signed into law before the end of summer in order to go into effect before the 2022 midterms, and to prevent the drawing of hyper-partisan maps that threaten to disenfranchise voters, especially voters of color, for the next decade.

Help spread the word.

Use the graphics below and post to social media, calling on your community to mobilize and demand that the US Senate stay in session and finish the job of protecting our democracy — #RecessCanWait.

About Our Coalition

The Declaration for American Democracy is an anti-oppression coalition of 230+ organizations working together to make the promise of democracy real for all of us.

We believe our democratic systems, institutions, and leaders must reflect, represent, and respect the diverse, multicultural nation that we are and have always been. For democracy to work for all of us, it must include all of us and address the deep systemic, institutional challenges that continue to block meaningful progress to this day. As America’s diversity continues to grow, so must our democracy.