Anniversary of 1965 Voting Rights Act Embraced with a Heavy Heart
‘We are at a critical point in American history,’ says HCDP Chair
On this day that marks the 56th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, celebrations are muted. The milestone legislation — designed to outlaw racially discriminatory voting practices — was gutted by the Supreme Court in 2013, and its remaining protections have been chipped away by Republican-led states.
“We are at a critical point in American history," said Odus Evbagharu, Chair of the Harris County Democratic Party. "Across the nation we have seen increasingly restrictive voting laws enacted."
“We must stand together against attempts to disenfranchise voters. We must fight efforts to limit the participation of minority voters in our elections. We must demand action,” he said.
“How can we be a democracy when so many voices have been silenced?
“Our Texas Democrats understand the threats we face. They left the state to prevent GOP lawmakers here from passing increased voting restrictions. They recognize that we all must act now to safeguard our right to vote, including putting an end to the Jim-Crow era relic that is the filibuster.
“On the anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, we must recommit to protecting what defines us as a nation, what belongs to all Americans, and that is the sacred right to vote.”
For Immediate Release
Aug. 6, 2021
Contact: Elisa Rochford