In a letter titled “Fighting for our vote,” Published Sunday as an ad in the New York Times, Obama and her suffrage group When We All Vote called on Americans to continue to engage in democracy amid the historic assault. history of the right to vote.
“We are united in our belief that we will hold and bring out the voters in the 2022 midterm elections and make our democracy work for all of us,” Obama wrote in the letter.
The former first lady outlined an action plan and said that over the next year, When We All Vote and a coalition of other organizations will work to “recruit and train at least 100,000 volunteers.” members” and “registered over a million new voters.”
Obama said the coalition will also recruit thousands of attorneys to protect American voters, work to educate Americans on how to make sure their ballots are safe and encourage at least 100,000 Americans to call for action. Senator in favor of the Freedom of Voting Act and the John Lewis Act Voting Rights Advancement Act, two proposed pieces of legislation that have stalled in the Senate as a result of the vote, requiring 60 votes to overcome.
Citing obstacles to transparent voting access History, Obama writes that in 2022, Americans must continue to fight for their rights.
“Generations of Americans have persevered through poll taxes, literacy tests, and laws designed to strip them of power – and they have done it by organizing, by protesting. opposition, and most importantly, by overcoming the hurdles ahead to vote “And now, we must do the same,” Obama wrote.
“We leave Congress with no choice but to act decisively to protect the right to vote and make the ballot box more accessible for all,” Obama added.
While When We All Vote in the past focused on voter registration and campaigning, The organization has recently placed an additional emphasis on education and advocacy.
“We’ve spent all of 2021 really fighting for federal suffrage legislation. Over 20,000 people have (camped) taken action with us (last year), and we know it’s going to happen throughout. This year, and seeing that Congress didn’t act, and the outcry that was happening this way, we realized that we really had to deal with the problem ourselves,” said Stephanie Young, executive director of When We All Vote, told CNN.
“We know at the end of the day we’re not going to be able to hold out when it comes to fixing our voting system and modernizing it, and replacing federal law, and that’s why it doubles.” , Young said.
The coalition of Obama signing groups was formed to bring together some of the largest voting rights organizations.
For its part, Fair Fight Action – the organization founded by suffrage advocate and Democratic candidate for Georgia governor Stacey Abrams – has worked to protect voting rights in Georgia and across the country.
“Fair Fight Action’s work with dedicated suffrage activists across Georgia has resulted in a significant increase in voter registration in our state – especially among voters of color. , who helped campaign for key federal suffrage legislation to protect our democracy while stopping Republicans Hillary Holley, director of Fair Fight Action, said. with CNN.
“Now, with the GOP voter suppression campaign underway in state buildings across the country, Fair Fight Action is proud to join Michelle Obama and When We All Vote alongside other organizations. civil and other suffrage organizations to combat Republican anti-voter agendas We stand ready to work with our allies to recruit new volunteers and continue to organize Americans to advance Senate Congress passed new federal protections for voting rights at a time when we need them more than ever,” Holley said.
For his part, Young said this type of coalition is a first of its kind for When We All Vote.
“While these groups have worked closely together for many years,” Young said of the alliance, “We’ve never seen them come together with specific common goals in this way before.”