The first time John Lewis marched across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, the young civil rights leader paid for it in blood.
The courage he and so many others showed that day led directly to the 1965 Voting Rights Act—and when now-Congressman John Lewis returned to Selma in March to mark the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday, he was hailed as a hero.
But in state after state, the voting rights he helped win at such a high cost are under ferocious assault today.
That’s why the League is launching an urgent My Vote, My Right Campaign.
And that’s why I’m asking you to help us defend the most basic right of our democracy by rushing a generous gift to the League of Women Voters today.
In the two years since the U.S. Supreme Court gutted key provisions of the Voting Rights Act in its appalling Shelby decision, states have muscled through some of the worst voter suppression laws since the days of Jim Crow.
Cutbacks on early voting. Onerous voter photo ID requirements that disproportionately impact minorities.
The League is on the frontlines fighting these discriminatory laws—in courtrooms, in statehouses, and, in communities across the country, helping voters defend their rights.
And we’re pushing hard for Congress to pass legislation to restore and repair the Voting Rights Act, which would renew our national commitment to defend voting rights for all Americans.
Please, help us fight the new Jim Crow laws by rushing your generous gift at once.
Thank you for sharing our commitment!
President, League of Women Voters
P.S. So many have sacrificed so much to win the right to vote. Please, stand with them today by sending your generous gift to the League’s My Vote, My Right Campaign immediately. Thanks again!
League of Women Voters.
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