Sunday, June 18, 2006

Monday, June 19: National Call-In Day to Renew the Voting Rights Act

Mark Your Calendar! On Monday, make 3 toll-free calls to protect the right to vote for all American citizens! Monday, June 19 1-866-808-0065

Call House Leaders and Your Representative Toll-Free to Urge Passage of H.R. 9 A Bipartisan Bill to Renew and Restore the Voting Rights Act

Last month, congressional leaders introduced a bipartisan bill to renew and restore the Voting Rights Act of 1965 (VRA). The bill, The Fannie Lou Hamer, Rosa Parks, and Coretta Scott King Voting Rights Act Reauthorization and Amendments Act of 2006

(H.R. 9 - S. 2703) is critical to ensuring that the VRA continues to work effectively to combat discrimination and that the gains that have been achieved for minority voters are not rolled back. Momentum is building in Congress and around the country to renew and restore the VRA.

But while the House bill (H.R. 9) enjoys the support of more than 150 Republicans and Democrats was approved by the House Judiciary Committee with overwhelming support (33-1), there is a small handful of vocal representatives who have tried to delay or thwart renewal of this cornerstone civil rights law

House leaders, including Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-IL) and Majority Leader John Boehner (R-OH), have been important allies in the effort to renew and restore the VRA and have indicated that they intend to bring H.R. 9 to the floor next week. But they need to hear from you about the importance of ensuring that it passes without amendment.

On Monday, join civil rights activists and community leaders from around the country in making a toll-free call (1-866-808-0065) to Reps. Hastert and Boehner. Urge them to use their leadership positions to bring H.R. 9 to the floor "as-is" and to ensure that H.R. 9 passes without amendment. Then use the same toll-free number to call your representative and urge him/her to fully support H.R. 9.

Please forward this alert to others and encourage them to set aside a few minutes on Monday to make their three toll-free calls as well!

***And Take Action Today, too!***

If you haven't yet signed the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights' Pledge to Protect Voting Rights, add your name

www.civilrights.org/issues/voting/details.cfm?id=42462

Visit www.renewthevra.org for more information about H.R. 9 - S. 2703 and the Voting Rights Act.

1 Comments:

Blogger eb said...

DFLers has a great update post:
http://www.dflers.org/story/2006/6/21/143345/754

6/21/2006 9:40 PM  

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