"One of every 11 Kentucky citizens of voting age, or 312,000 people, cannot vote according to Felony Disenfranchisement in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, an updated 2017 report of the Kentucky League of Women Voters." In order to clear its reputation as the state with the highest rate of disenfranchisement of African American voters, Kenutcky needs to go further with its bill to ease the transition of former felons into communities by restoring their voting rights: https://goo.gl/2VQPdd
America Votes State Summit 2017
February 14-15, 2017
Walter E. Washington Convention Center
801 Mt. Vernon Pl. NW
Join us for a day-and-a-half event convening in-state experts, national political strategists, and many of our partners and allies as we dive into best practices for grassroots mobilization, analyze state-based strategies for issue advocacy and electoral campaigns, and identify key areas of focus in our shared fight to build progressive power in states across the country. The America Votes State Summit is a mainstay in progressive organizing, attracting hundreds of attendees from across the country annually since 2009. We look forward to your attendance at another successful State Summit!
Agenda: We have uploaded the agenda. Click here to take a look!
Cecile Richards Progressive Leader Award Reception: The 2017 Cecile Richards Progressive Leader Award will be presented to Lee Saunders, president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME). America Votes is honored to recognize President Saunders’ steadfast leadership as a tireless defender of workers’ rights who has consistently championed progressive issues, values and strong partnerships. As the first African-American president of AFSCME, Saunders leads 1.6 million members who “Make America Happen.”
President Saunders has dedicated his career to grassroots union organizing and the advancement of progressive issues and values within the labor movement, campaigns, and in coalitions and communities across the country. It is in recognition of these enormous achievements that America Votes proudly honors President Saunders with the 2017 Cecile Richards Progressive Leader Award.
Hotel Information: Our hotel block at the Hampton Inn Washington-Downtown-Convention Center has closed, but you can still call to see if they have any availability. Other nearby hotels include the Embassy Suites by Hilton Washington DC Convention Center, the Marriott Marquis Washington, DC, and the Cambria Hotel & Suites Washington, DC Convention Center.
Please note: The America Votes State Summit and related events are not open to the press. For press inquiries, please view our contact page.
Civil suit in NC seeks to make it easier for black rural residents to elect their preferred candidates: https://t.co/LTHqqOmFyS