VRA Community Forums in NY, NJ, OH, and Online

This week, three cities will host forums about the importance of restoring the Voting Rights Act and a coalition of organizations will host an online webinar about next steps for activists.

9/24 in Rochester, NY
The League of Women Voters of the Rochester Metropolitan Area will host a forum on Tuesday, September 24 on the recent Supreme Court decision to find Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act (VRA) unconstitutional. They will discuss the origins of the VRA, how the Court’s decision affects New York voters and what action they advocate to achieve restoration.

9/24 in Essex County, NJ
Essex County College in New Jersey will hold its annual Constitution Law Day on September 24. In light of the recent Supreme Court decision on the Voting Rights Act, the theme of this year’s event will be “Democracy Under Siege: How Gutting the Voting Rights Act Can Crush Your Right to Vote.” Featured at this free, public event will be keynote speaker Walter Fields, CEO and executive editor of NorthStar News, who has worked as a journalist and columnist on race and public policy for the New Jersey Reporter, msnbc.com, and The Record.

9/25 Online
Ignited by the Supreme Court’s decision to invalidate sections of the Voting Rights Act, a multi-state coalition of social justice organizations has united as Southern Leadership for Voter Engagement (SOLVE), which will educate and inform individuals in Southern states about the impact of the decision and steps being taken to address it. The group will host a free webinar on the impact of the Supreme Court decision in Shelby v. Holder, the potential impact these changes may have in the states, and action steps for advocates who want Congress to restore the VRA.

9/28 in Cleveland, OH
U.S. Representative Marcia Fudge will participate in a public forum to discuss recent threats to voting rights, including how the public may take action to defend the Voting Rights Act.

Speakers will include Rep. Fudge, Mike Brickner of the ACLU of Ohio, Sheila Wright of the Cleveland NAACP, Harriet Applegate of the North Shore AFL-CIO, Jerry Gordon of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union, and Greg Coleridge of the Northeast Ohio American Friends Service Committee, who will moderate the event.