Washington, D.C., August 25, 2021 - Following passage of the John Lewis Voting Rights Act by the U.S. House of Representatives, Brady urges the U.S. Senate to pass this essential legislation without delay. The effort to expand and safeguard access to the ballot is inextricably linked to the effort to pass comprehensive gun violence prevention legislation and create a safer, stronger country for all Americans.
Brady President Kris Brown shared:
“Our democracy is under assault. Actions rolling back provisions in the 1965 Voting Rights Act as well as new efforts to undermine access to the ballot in states across the country threaten the integrity of our democracy. For the gun violence prevention movement, attacks on voting rights keep those most affected by gun violence from participating in our democracy and electing officials responsive to their needs. Efforts to silence these communities, specifically the voices of Black and Brown Americans, undermines our democratic system and takes us farther from our nation’s ideals.
Named for Rep. John Lewis in recognition of his lifetime of service and sacrifice to our democracy and to equal justice, this legislation will help to restore and strengthen provisions of the 1965 Voting Rights Act and protect voters nationwide. It was John Lewis who said, ‘Your vote is precious, almost sacred.’ These are the very rights that John Lewis and too many others fought for. Bled for. Some even gave their lives for. Brady is grateful to the U.S. House of Representatives for passing this essential legislation and calls on the U.S. Senate to follow suit without delay. This issue is too important to all citizens and to the future of our country.”
Brady has one powerful mission — to unite all Americans against gun violence. We work across Congress, the courts, and our communities with over 90 grassroots chapters, bringing together young and old, red and blue, and every shade of color to find common ground in common sense. In the spirit of our namesakes Jim and Sarah Brady, we have fought for over 45 years to take action, not sides, and we will not stop until this epidemic ends. It’s in our hands.