As we prepare to observe Martin Luther King, Jr. Day this year, Dr. King’s family, Martin Luther King III, Arndrea Waters King, and Yolanda Renee King – along with faith leaders, civil rights leaders, and voting rights advocates across the country – have called for us to focus on demanding voting rights legislation and access to the ballot box.
Across the country, people are heeding the call by hosting events in their communities to call on Congress to pass the Freedom to Vote Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act. We wanted to let you know about these opportunities to raise our collective voices to demand passage of these vital pieces of legislation without letting outdated Senate rules get in the way.
The West Virginia Faith Table and Faithful Democracy invite you to join them for a day of fasting an prayer for our democracy.
Additionally, the WV Poor People’s Campaign will hold a virtual Moral Monday vigil to commemorate the life and legacy of Dr. King and call on our elected leaders to cement his legacy by passing legislation to secure the freedom to vote for all Americans.
***UPDATE: Due to the snow storm, WV Poor People’s Campaign has changed their Voting Rights Rally event to Virtual and will be broadcasting it on their Facebook Page at 3:30pm. Click here to watch the event from the comfort of your own home: www.facebook.com/WVPPC.***
In addition, at 8PM, WV NAACP and WV NOW officer, Katonya Hart will be part of a dynamic panel of women leading an online conversation about mutual aid, including revolving credit circles, cooperative businesses, trade agreements… and how they build resilient communities. RSVP here to join this conversation hosted by An Economy of Our Own.
Failure to deliver voting rights legislation will put senators on the wrong side of history. Now is the time to make your voice heard.
Call Senators Manchin and Capito and urge them to pass the Freedom to Vote Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act.
Senator Manchin – 202-224-3954 (Washington) or 304-342-5855 (Charleston)
Senator Capito – 202-224-6472 (Washington) or 304-347-5372 (Charleston)
On Monday, there will also be a public hearing in the House of Delegates Chamber at the State Capitol on two bills that would futher restrict abortion access in West Virginia. Legislators need to hear from you. The right to decide if or when to have a child is essential to a person’s ability to make highly personal decisions about their body and their future. We can’t stand by while politicians try to restrict people’s personal freedoms and take away their health care.