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League of Women Voters

Dear Friend,

On Wednesday, February 27th, the Supreme Court will review Shelby County, Alabama v. Holder, a case that questions the constitutionality of Section 5 the Voting Rights Act (VRA) of 1965, the landmark legislation that outlawed discriminatory voting practices. We encourage your participation! Come volunteer for the event (details below) or simply attend.

The League firmly believes the Supreme Court must uphold Section 5 or it would erase 50 years of progress for minority voters. When the Voting Rights Act was last reauthorized in 2006, Congress declared that without its protections, “racial and language minority citizens will be deprived of the opportunity to exercise their right to vote.”

In conjunction with many national partners, the League is participating in a rally at the Supreme Court on February 27th, starting with a press briefing at 8:30am and the rally running from 9:00am to 1pm.

League members interested in attending or volunteering at the rally should contact Virginia Clairmont - vclairmont@lwv.org at LWVUS. (Please note that no travel funds are available to support this activity.)

Volunteers are needed to be:

  • Place Holders: Help to designate our area by arriving early (6 am) to physically mark our space in front of the Court. It is important that we stake out our ground before our opposition arrives. We want to claim the space first.
  • Sign Holders: Help build visibility by holding a sign prominently in the crowd or behind speakers at the podium (sign holding behind the speakers will be coordinated on-site – you will need to be able to hold the sign for 15 minutes straight if you are standing behind the podium).

  • Sign Makers: We will be making signs at the LWVUS office on Tuesday February 26 from 1-3 pm. Materials and snacks will be provided we just need artistic talents!
  • Marshalls: Help to define our group by wearing a designated uniform and standing at the perimeter of the rally. You must be able to ensure the perimeter is safe – We don’t anticipate any tussles but if you can’t don’t want to be in a “tussle situation” do not volunteer to be a Marshall. Special training will be needed and provided - date TBD.

Planning for the rally continues to be a little fluid so please let us know you plan to attend or want to volunteer, so we can keep you informed as things unfold. Updated information will be available here - www.lwv.org/go/membersVRA. And additional information regarding where to meet up with the League team on the day-of will be forthcoming. Stay tuned!

Again, League members interested in attending or volunteering at the rally should contact Virginia Clairmont - vclairmont@lwv.org at LWVUS.

Thank you for helping to spread the word and make this event a success!


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League of Women Voters
1730 M Street NW, Suite 1000
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: 202-429-1965
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