Jun 21, 2016

Our special guest, at the top of Tuesday’s show at 12:00 p.m., EDT, will be Congressman Marc Veasey (D-TX), Founder and Co-Chair of the first ever, Congressional Voting Rights Caucus (CVRC). He will share the purpose of the new CVRC and some of their upcoming plans including a press conference to be held on Thursday, June 23rd, the National Day of Action and Protest of 3rd Anniversary of the devastating Shelby Supreme Court decision, at 10:00 AM the House Triangle of the US Capitol. Besides serving as Co-Chair of the Caucus, Congressman Veasey is also the name plaintiff in the lawsuit Veasey v. Abbott which has challenged the onerous Texas Voter ID Law that can adversely affect 600,000 Texans who lack one of the only 3 permissible IDs.  Other Co-Chairs of the CVRC include legendary voting rights champion, Congressman John Lewis (D-GA); Congresswoman Terri Sewell (D-AL); and Congresswoman Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-TX).

Our other guests will include Maria “Ria” Helena Thompson-Washington, Joseph L. Rauh, Jr., Fellow at the Transformative Justice Coalition who will be joined by leaders from the 18 organizations comprising the new Voting Rights Alliance (VRA) to discuss the four big activities for the June 23rd National Day of Action and Protest.  See www.BarbaraArnwine.com for guest bios.

The National Day of Action and Protest activities include a public show of support at the Congressional Voting Rights Caucus Press Conference; a National Call In Day to the leaders of Congress to demand a vote of the Voting Rights Advancement Act (VRAA) to restore the Voting Rights Act; a Twitter Storm; and a Twitter Town Hall.  For more information and details, please visit the new Voting Rights Alliance website: www.VotingRightsAlliance.net.

This week marks the 3rd Anniversary of the infamous Shelby v. Holder Supreme Court decision which severely gutted the effectiveness of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.  Once the Voting Rights Act was weakened, numerous states enacted voter suppression laws which have hurt voters’ abilities to cast a ballot and have it counted.  There are now 33 states with some form of voter suppression law including Voter ID, early voting cuts, voter caging, voter purging, correct precinct vote laws, citizenship laws, student voter restrictions and other barriers to voting.  Indeed, 17 states are initiating these terrible laws for the first time in 2016, making this the first Presidential election with horrific voting obstacles and without a strong VRA since 1965!

You can learn during this show how to join the National Day of Action and Protest of the 3rd Anniversary of Shelby Case.  Join us in demanding that the Voting Rights Act is restored! Also, you will learn a lot about the current status of the Voting Rights Act and the steps being taken to challenge voter suppression laws in the states.

Your support of the National Day of Action is encouraged.  Also, if your organization works on voting, civic engagement or voting rights, you should join the Voting Rights Alliance.  Again, visit www.VotingRightsAlliance.net.  Also, see @VRAmatters on Twitter.

Be sure to listen live on Tuesday, June 21st at 12:00-1:00 P.M. in the DC Metro Region at WOL 1450 AM and on the internet at www.BarbaraArnwine.com.  Podcasts of the show are posted the next day.

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