Fair Fight Action, a voting rights group founded by activist Stacey Abrams, is launching the ‘Hot Call Summer’ campaign to help mobilize young voters of color around the For The People Act.
“We can’t wait any longer for Congress to protect Americans’ freedom to vote, which is why we need Senators to pass the For The People Act (HR1/S1),” Stacey Abrams, the group’s leader and former Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate said.
“With voting rights under attack in 48 out of 50 state legislatures across the country, the moment has never been more urgent, and it will take all of us to ensure that Congress passes the voting rights protections our country and democracy desperately need.”
Abrams is working hard to ensure that voters are protected at the polls.
According to the Brennan Center for Justice, at least 14 states have enacted laws restricting voting in 2021.
“The John Lewis Advancement Act, which restores parts of the Voting Rights Act, is basically a preemptive measure. In other words, it would prevent states from continuing to do the kinds of things that we’ve seen in Georgia and Florida and other states,” Cliff Albright, the co-founder and executive director of Black Voters Matter Fund, said. “But it would not in and of itself, be able to correct or override the bills that have already passed forth. For that you need some of the provisions that are found in the For the People Act.”
The For the People Act would make it easier to register to vote, expand early voting across the nation, end political gerrymandering, and support statehood status for the District of Columbia.
Abrams will participate in three virtual town hall meetings with state and federal elected officials across the country.
“The purpose of Hot Call Summer is to ensure that every single U.S. Senator is hearing from their constituents daily on the urgent need to pass S.1,” Hillary Holley, Fair Fight Action Organizing Director, said.
Last week, President Biden tasked Vice President Kamala Harris to lead the administration’s efforts to protect voting rights.
“We must protect the fundamental right to vote for all Americans regardless of where they live. There are two important bills in Congress that would do just that,” Harris said. “The For the People Act would provide all Americans with fair and accessible voting options, and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act would prevent discriminatory changes to voting laws and procedures.”
Vice President Harris is working hard with organizations and Congress to advance the bills.