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Protect The Vote

The Voting Rights Alliance launches

Mother’s Day Voter Registration Week!

May 1st – May 10th, 2020

Due to the serious decline in the amount of voter registrations because of the nationwide shutdown because of COVID-19, this edition of the Transformer and the work of the Transformative Justice Coalition for the next several weeks will be focused on encouraging and supporting voter registration.

The Voting Rights Alliance has started a new PSA campaign to educate and inspire voters. These resources will be available for organizations and individuals.

We created a new resource panel for voters and activists!

Click the picture below to access.

We joined 150+ groups in urging Congress to include at least $2B in its stimulus package to help states prepare for elections and adopt policy measures to ensure public safety AND an inclusive and fair voting process for 2020 elections.

61 Forms of Voter Suppression

  1. Strict voter photo ID laws

  2. Closing of DMV’s in strict voter ID states

  3. Failure to accept government-issued state university and college student ID’s

  4. No early voting

  5. Early voting cuts

  6. No Sunday Souls to the Polls Early Voting

  7. Harsh requirements/punishments for voter registration groups

  8. Tough Deputy Registrar Requirements

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The Voting Rights Alliance is celebrating Black History Month 2020

#VRABlackHistory #VRABlackHistoryLIVE

It’s that time of year again! For the 4th year in a row, the Transformative Justice Coalition and the Voting Rights Alliance, in honor of Black History Month, is reprinting its #VRABlackHistory series (originally created in 2017; all articles updated in 2018; all graphics updated in 2020). In addition to 10 NEW articles this year, the series will also start off its first 7 days with stories of Black women involved in the Women’s Suffrage Movement in honor of the 100th Year Anniversary of the 19th Amendment.

Join us all month long as we share the legacies and stories of the sheroes, heroes, and events in the fight for Black suffrage on social media under the hashtag #VRABlackHistory. Follow us on Twitter (@VRAmatters) to share your own facts.

This series is authored by Caitlyn Cobb.

Use the interactive calendar below by hovering or tapping on a day to find out more information about the person honored.

See our full 2017 #VRABlackHistory series below:

The Transformative Justice Coalition (TJC) Statement on the Passing of former Congressman John Conyers Jr.


The Urban League of Philadelphia and the National Commission for Voter Justice present their “Operation Education” resources:

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September is Voting Rights Month!

ENDORSE the Voting Rights Resolution: Support September as “National Voting Rights Month”

This September, Congressman Marc Veasey is leading a resolution in the House to designate September as “National Voting Rights Month” AND to urge Congress to pass H.R. 1, the For the People Act of 2019, H.R. 4, the Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2019, and H.R. 2722, the Securing America’s Federal Elections (SAFE) Act.

The purpose of this resolution is to help end voter suppression by bringing awareness to the present voter suppression laws, educate Americans on their rights as voters, urge Congress to pass critical voting rights legislation, and encourage all Americans to get out and vote!

Your support is highly appreciated, and so we hope that you can join us in endorsing this resolution by filling out the google form linked here.

For Immediate Release                                                                             July 27, 2019
Contact: Terre’ Gables, Director of Communication                                        
Phone: 405.427.8000/Fax:720.5951
Oklahoma State Conference NAACP
Opposes State Board of Elections Voter Purge
Oklahoma City – Today Oklahoma State Conference National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), is calling on the State Board of Elections to immediately suspend its plans to purge 134,000 registered voters from the voting rolls. These actions by the State Board of Elections is a threat to voting rights stated, Anthony R. Douglas, President, Oklahoma State NAACP, Former Member National Board of Director, NAACP.
“This Voter Purge is based on a shaky foundation and will greatly harm unaware voters of this threat to their democratic right to vote.” Allegedly, the State Board sent mailers to voters to confirm their current address or update their registrations. In addition, Oklahoma State Conference, NAACP is demanding that the Board reveal the racial, ethnic, gender, county, and income information of those on the list to be purged. Data collected throughout the nation shows that African Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, low-income, students, voters with disabilities are disproportionately harmed by these “use it or lose it” voter purging processes.
Anthony R. Douglas, President
Oklahoma State Conference, NAACP
Former Member, National Board of Directors
P.O. Box 11024
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73136
Phone: 405.427.8000 / 405.720.5951
My work got me noticed, But my relationships got me opportunity!

 The Voting Rights Alliance’s 2018 Command Center recap: 
What problems did voters experience nationwide?

Administered by the
Transformative Justice Coalition
, on November 6
, 2018, the Voting Rights Alliance aided voters with a Non-partisan National Election Command Center which monitored social media complaints made by voters. The Command Center, which was staffed by 20 Howard University Law Students and members of the Voting Rights Alliance, was hosted by the Hip Hop Caucus at its DC office. The Command Center generated the bulk of 102,000 impressions and 330 tweets from
the Voting Rights Alliance’s Twitter account
. Volunteers also made over 200 reports of problems voter experienced while voting covering a vast majority of states. Common problems included: long lines; closed or late opening polling locations; voter registration problems; denial of provisional ballots; last minute polling place relocations; broken scanners and machines; no ballots; absentee ballot problems; wrong or incomplete ballots given; voter intimidation; confusing flyers on a college campus; voter ID confusion; no disability accessibility; no bilingual translators; cell phone use confusion; Uber taking people to wrong polling place; disorganized election administrations; no electricity at polling places to operate machines; exact match ballot rejections; vote flipping; and, other serious vote denial problems. A report from the Command Center will be compiled and shared with the public.


Transformative Justice Coalition
Voter Information and Access Act

Rep. Moore Fights to Re-Enfranchise Incarcerated Americans

Washington D.C. – [On Dec 20th], Congresswoman Gwen Moore (D-WI) introduced H.R. 7359, the Voter Information and Access Act (VIAA). VIAA would provide detained and incarcerated persons, who are eligible to vote, information on voting eligibility,…

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Quoted from the above article
, “‘The VIAA will provide critical voting rights information and assistance for millions of eligible voters who currently are hindered in participating in the electoral process. Hundreds of thousands of these potential voters need assistance while jailed awaiting trial without access to voter registration or voting access. Tragically, an estimated 17 million, eligible Returning Citizens, are caught in a limbo of fear, confusion, miseducation or lack of information about their voting rights and do not participate as voters. The VIAA answers a vital need in fulfilling the quest for an inclusive and robust Democracy,’ said
Barbara R. Arnwine
, President,
Transformative Justice Coalition
.” [emphasis added]
This bill will need to be re-introduced in the 116th Congress.

“In a major step toward fixing our broken system of elections, House Democratic lawmakers introduced a comprehensive democracy reform bill on the first day of the 116th Congress. 
The bill, which is known as H.R. 1, or the
For The People Act
, and was sponsored by Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.), would create a more responsive and representative government by making it easier for voters to cast a ballot and harder for lawmakers to gerrymander, by transforming how campaigns are funded to amplify the voices of ordinary Americans, and by bolstering election security and government ethics”
See source and read the full text of the bill below:

For the People Act of 2019 | Brennan Center for Justice

HR1 – To expand Americans’ access to the ballot box, reduce the influence of big money in politics, and strengthen ethics rules for public servants, and for other purposes.

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In November, Florida voters passed Amendment 4 with 65 percent of the vote — restoring voting rights to 1.4 million people with a past felony conviction — the largest voting rights expansion since the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
The amendment went into effect yesterday — January 8, 2019 — meaning Floridians who meet the criteria of the amendment can begin registering to vote.
This is the beginning of the largest enfranchisement of U.S. citizens in more than 50 years, and the 1.4 million Floridians impacted are treating this milestone as a moment of celebration.
If you or someone you know has a past felony conviction and meets the criteria of Amendment 4, be sure to connect with the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition to help with the registration process and ensure voting rights are upheld for all who are impacted.
See below for more information:

Amendment 4 FAQ – Florida Rights Restoration Coalition

The amendment goes into effect on January 8th, 2019; Yes. Returning Citizens (people with former felony convictions) who have completed their sentence and have not been convicted of murder or a felony sexual offense can register to vote starting…

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With the November 6, 2018 midterm elections rapidly approaching, we note with alarm and urgency the tremendous voter suppression tactics sweeping our nation, including barriers, obstacles, misinformation, threats, racist appeals and irregularities confronting voters attempting to participate in our Democracy.


When it comes to our American Democracy, we are facing a War of Attacks on our Voting Rights which were secured over numerous generations through the blood and sacrifice of our ancestors and ordinary citizens. Indeed, our nation is in the grips…




On September 12th, from 2:30-4:30 PM, at the Washington Convention Center, Room 147A, Honorary Host, Congressman Bobby Rush will present a special program on “Advancing Voter Justice and #VoterVigilance: A Special Presentation on the fight for the Vote and Speak Out”, co-sponsored by the Rev. Jesse Jackson, the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, and the National Commission for Justice Justice. Watch the Facebook livestream below:

On September 12th, Honorary Host, Congressman Bobby Scott, presents the “National Black Law Students Association Voter Protection Forum,” from 5:00-6:30 PM, at the Washington Convention Center, Room 144A. Watch the Facebook livestream below:

Take Action:
On September 12th 2018, Congressman Veasey and Senator Wyden are introducing bicameral resolution to designate September as “National Voting Rights Month”
The purpose of this resolution is to end voter suppression by bringing awareness to the present voter suppression laws, educate Americans on their rights as voters, and encourage all Americans to get out and vote! Currently, there are over 110 Members of Congress and over 20 voting rights and civil rights organizations supporting this resolution. 
More specifically, the resolution would:
  • Make September “National Voting Rights Month.
  • Encourage public schools and universities to develop academic curriculums that educate student on the importance of voting, registration, voting history, and voting suppression laws. 
  • Push Congress to pass legislation that allow all citizens, upon reaching the age of 18, to be automatically enrolled to vote in Federal elections.
  • Recommend that Congress allocate funds for public service announcements on various media channels to encourage Americans to vote.
  • Request that the Department of the Treasury issue a special Fannie Lou Hamer stamp during the month of September to recognize Americans who fought for voting rights.

On September 12 from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM Eastern Time,  Congressman Marc Veasey will have a #VOTE twitter storm to amplify the resolution.
Click on the link below for social posts and graphics for Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat. The #VOTE signs are attached. Also, if you have expressed interest in releasing a statement of support for the resolution, please feel free to tag us on our social media handles:
  • Transformative Justice Coalition: Twitter: @TJC_DC; Facebook: @TJC.DC

ICE, Justice subpoena voter records from North Carolina
Georgia County Rejects Plan to Close 7 Polling Places
in Majority-Black Area
ICE, Justice subpoena voter records from North Carolina

Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Department of Justice have gotten a court order for North Carolina to turn over eight years of voter registration records from the state.

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Georgia County Rejects Plan to Close 7 Polling Places in …

CUTHBERT, Ga. – The consultant, a white man, came to the mainly black Randolph County in rural southern Georgia and recommended that it eliminate seven of its nine polling places. He said the move would save the county money. He said the polling…

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Take action for those who can’t vote on primary day:
The unfinished work of the Civil Rights Moment: Second Chances Florida
The very powerful Florida Rights Restoration Coalition Second Chances Convening was just held. Nearly 500 people  —including  many returning citizens with past felony convictions and many student leaders  —  participated in this powerful 3 day event as they prepare to make history in less than 90 days by restoring the eligibility to vote to 1.4 million people. This week, Florida voters head to the polls, but 1.4 million Floridians with past convictions won’t be able to vote because they are permanently barred from voting, even after serving their time and paying their debts. But you can help us change this broken system.
Here’s what you can do:
1. Adopt A Day. Help boost Second Chances’ phone banking program by adopting a day once a month (or more often) to be your organization’s day for remote phone banking to Florida voters to let them know why it’s so important to vote YES on Amendment 4 this November. You’ll be responsible for filling up the phones one day M-Th, 5:30-8:30pm ET – with the goal of recruiting at least 20 callers for your shift (which means getting 40 to sign-up, so 20 show-up).You can do this virtually with your membership or host a call party with your staff. If each partner takes one day we can keep the calls rolling out. Fill out this form to adopt days in the coming months.

In honor of Black History Month, the Voting Rights Alliance created a historic archive of the legacies and stories of the heroes, sheroes, and events in the fight for Black suffrage. Each day of Black History Month 2017, the Voting Rights Alliance shared a new calendar article, honoring a person, organization, or event, from over 5 centuries that forever changed the movement for the right to vote for African Americans and all Americans.

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We shared each article on social media underneath the hashtag #VRABlackHistory. Follow us on Twitter (@VRAmatters) to see the series’ tweets. We also emailed these articles out every morning of February 2017. For 2018, we will be resurrecting this series and introducing 8 new articles!

Our last Facebook Live Event of the year! Tune in! Panelisrs include: Barbara R. Arnwine, founder of the Transformative Justice Coalition, Reverend Lennox Yearwood, founder of the Hip Hop Caucus, and our moderator Toni van Pelt, president of National Organization for Women (NOW). Issues to be discussed include: An analysis and review of voter turnout and voter suppression in 2017 elections, special elections, and nationwide, including Alabama and Virginia, and what we need to gear up for 2018. #Virginia #Alabama #ALSenate

September is Voting Rights Month! 

Click on the dates below to view more information about the event.

This September: Embrace All People, Count All Votes.


Voting Rights Month 2017 Informational Packet


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