NY leaders, activists advocate for voting rights in DC on anniversary of March on Washington
New York leaders and activists made their way to Washington, D.C. Saturday to advocate for voting rights.
More than 50 years after Martin Luther King Jr. stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech, activists are marching in the nation’s capital again, but this time to advocate for voting rights.
Rep. Mondaire Jones has been at the forefront of the voting rights movement to abolish the filibuster, which he says creates unfair voting restrictions that generally impact Black and brown communities.
"We are facing the greatest test to our democracy since Jim Crow,” Jones says. "Congress is not powerless to stop this voter suppression from happening, but we have to find a political will to get rid of relics like the filibuster in the U.S. Senate."
Jones and other activists are advocating for the John Lewis Voting Rights Act, named after the congressman and activist who dedicated his life to fighting for civil rights. The bill passed on a party line vote, but Jones says it's not just up to those in office.
That's where activists like Cheryl Brannan and the Sister to Sister organization come in.
"The voting rights that many have fought for so many years and died for are in the process of being chipped away,” Brannan says. “Right before our eyes, we see various different states that are attacking ones right to vote so, we got to stand up, we don't have any choice."
Jones says that now is the chance to be a part of history.
"If you ever wondered what you would do in the civil rights movement, now's your chance to be on the right side of history,” he says.