50 years ago today.

50 years ago today.

On August 6, 1965, President Johnson signed into law the Voting Rights Act. After years of demonstrations and social unrest, the countless activists willing to risk their lives for their right as American citizens to the ballot were victorious. This landmark legislation explicitly eliminated numerous racist and classist obstructions to democracy, voter empowerment and civic engagement. With the stroke of a pen, poll taxes and literacy tests would no longer hold back millions of Americans from exercising their right to vote.

Unfortunately, in the 2013 Supreme Court case Shelby County v. Holder, the Supreme Court struck down a key provision of the Voting Rights Act and asked Congress to step in and fix it. It was a huge blow to the decades of protection offered by the legislation, and equal access to the ballot remains threatened across the country. The New York Times recently profiled covert efforts to decimate many key details of the Voting Rights Act over the past five decades.

As an organization that has registered nearly 100,000 Oregonians to vote, won legislative victories for online voter registration and pre-registration for 17-year olds and recently helped pass New Motor Voter, the Bus Project remains committed to encouraging local and national officials to continue to expand access to the ballot.

In honor of the anniversary, the Center for American Progress is hosting a webinar today featuring our Executive Director, Nikki Fisher, along with representatives from NAACP and the Advancement Project and a student voting rights activist from North Carolina A&T.

THE VOTING RIGHTS ACT AT 50

 

Thursday, August 6th, 2015, 12:30 PST
WATCH ONLINE via computer, tablet or smartphone HERE
LISTEN IN WITH A PHONE Dial-in number: +1 (224) 501-3412; Access Code 186-622-757

 

Can’t make the webinar, but want to do your part to ensure that every eligible Oregonian will have a chance to cast a ballot next fall? National Voter Registration Day is right around the corner, and you know it’ll be a blast. You don’t have to take our word for it; President Barack Obama is expected to give a shout-out to our National Voter Registration Day holiday during his remarks at 11am.

– Team Bus 🚌
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