For far too long, campaigns and political parties have tended to view communities of color as not much more than voting blocs, merely engaging with folks of color to secure their vote and moving on. America Votes partner organizations are saying: no more. Learn how America Votes allies in Colorado and Ohio are leading the way in building long-term capacity among diverse communities.
from georgia to new hampshire and beyond, america votes and affiliate partners are fighting efforts to undermine fair representation and the right to vote
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, September 4, 2018
Emily Brown, email@example.com
With Election Day just over two months away, America Votes is launching Spotlight 2018, a series of blog posts highlighting the work partners are doing across America Votes’ 22-state network during this critical midterm year. The first installment of the series, which was published today and can be read here, focuses on partner efforts to counter voter suppression in New Hampshire and gerrymandering in Georgia, harnessing the power of coordination to protect fair representation and the right to vote.
“Given the attacks on our elections in 2016 and attempts to subvert our democracy and systems of voting, this is a make-or-break moment for democracy and the voting process itself,” said America Votes President Greg Speed. “Unfortunately, over time, voting rights and democracy have become partisan. We need to band together to fight back against that, defend our communities and issues, and be so effective that our opponents have no choice but to engage in the battle for the hearts and minds of the people as opposed to resorting to suppression to try to rig our democracy.”
“America Votes is really well-positioned to bring together like-minded groups throughout New Hampshire and create a plan to fight back against legislation attempting to undermine the right to vote,” said America Votes New Hampshire State Director Liz Wester. “These are groups that wouldn’t otherwise be connected but come together to each bring what they’re best at to the Campaign for Voting Rights table.”
“When challenging unfairly drawn districts in Georgia, there is only so far each partner organization can go on its own,” said Georgia Engaged Director of Data and Analytics Nick Marshall. “With the partners, a grassroots movement built up, and with each partner bringing its own strengths to the table, together we were able to collectively defeat legislation that would have weakened Georgians’ voices at the polls.”
America Votes is the coordination hub of the progressive community working with more than 400 national and state partners to advance progressive policies, win elections and protect every American’s right to vote.
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