Today, 9/17: “VRA for Today” Coalition Launch

Featuring Voting Rights Advocates, Members of Congress, and 500,000 Americans

WASHINGTON – On Wednesday, September 17, at 2:00 PM, a broad coalition of civil rights, labor, and progressive leaders will join with members of Congress at the House Visitors Center to launch the VRA for Today Coalition. These leaders will join their voices with more than 500,000 Americans who strongly support restoring the Voting Rights Act and protecting all voters from discrimination.

With the Supreme Court’s misguided and destructive decision last year in Shelby County v. Holder, voters will head to the polls in November with the weakest protections against voting discrimination in half a century. Yet so far Congress has failed to act—despite having a bipartisan Voting Rights Amendment Act drafted and ready to be debated and moved forward.

The half a million Americans and leading organizations involved in the VRA for Today Coalition stand together in an ongoing fight to restore the Voting Rights Act, with support that will only continue to grow after tomorrow’s launch. The names of the more than 500,000 Americans calling on Congress to protect voters from discrimination will also be delivered to Speaker Boehner.

WHEN: Wednesday, September 17, at 2:00 p.m.


  • Congressman Steny Hoyer, House Minority Whip
  • Congresswoman Judy Chu, Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus
  • Congressman Bobby Scott, D-Virginia
  • Congresswoman Linda Sanchez, Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Civil Rights Task Force Chair
  • Congressman G.K. Butterfield, D-North Carolina
  • Wade Henderson, president and CEO, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
  • Marge Baker, executive vice president for policy and program, People for the American Way (PFAW)
  • Laura Murphy, director of the Washington Legislative office, the ACLU
  • Hadar Susskind, director of Bend the Arc Jewish Action
  • Hilary O. Shelton, Washington bureau director, the NAACP

WHAT: Launch of the VRA for Today Coalition with advocates and members of Congress, supported by more than 500,000 Americans 

WHERE: House Visitors Center – HVC 215

RSVP: Email to RSVP