Pass the Freedom to Vote Act
CALL SENATORS WARREN AND MARKEY: END THE FILIBUSTER AND PASS THE FREEDOM TO VOTE ACT
WASHINGTON — Today, the League of Women Voters of the United States CEO Virginia Kase Solomón issued the following statement in response to President Biden and Vice President Harris’s speech at the Atlanta University Center Consortium. Virginia was honored to attend the event on behalf of the League of Women Voters.
“Today we heard the President issue a bold call to end the Senate filibuster rule, which has blocked progress for the American people for far too long. The League of Women Voters thanks the Biden administration for heeding the months-long call from activists to take a strong stance against the filibuster for voting rights.
“In his speech, the President forcefully called out those who would obstruct democracy, rightly laying the onus of democracy protection on the US Senate. State legislatures across the country have passed anti-voter bills with a simple majority, while the President noted that the US Senate requires a supermajority to pass voting rights protections.
“We commend the President for acknowledging the legacies of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Congressman John Lewis, asserting that we must ‘translate eulogy into action.’ The Freedom to Vote Act and John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act will protect and expand the freedom to vote, especially for Black and brown Americans, who are disproportionately targeted by state anti-voter laws. The Senate would sully the legacy of Dr. King and Congressman Lewis by invoking their names without passing these bills.
“Finally, the League of Women Voters thanks the thousands of activists who joined together, calling on the White House and the Senate to protect our freedom to vote. Thousands of phone calls, letters, protests, and even arrests galvanized the President’s commitment today.
“The League will continue our pressure on the US Senate and the Biden Administration to get federal voting rights legislation across the finish line.
“After today’s speech, we are confident in the power of the President’s directive to the US Senate that nothing must stand in the way of voting rights for the American people.”
Complexities of the Filibuster: The Accidental Rule That Is Interrupting the Democracy We All Deserve
Click on image to watch the video. LWVMA Sizzle Reel-100 Year Timeline. It sizzles!
Rest in Power, Justice Ginsburg
100th Anniversary Ad in Hampshire Gazette, May 23, 2020
CALL THE White House!
MINUTES JUNE 8TH ANNUAL MEETING
Northampton Area ANNUAL LEAGUE MEETING held on June 8, 2021. In place of our regular dinner meeting, we held a lively ZOOM meeting, including making plans for our September book sale. Read the minutes here.
Medicare For All: Contact the Joint Committee on Health Care Financing
- If your state representative and/or state senator is on this committee, contact her/him with a personal note of your support for the bill.
- All LWVMA members please contact all the members of the Health Care Financing Committee here via email or a phone call (617-722-1432 and 617-722-2430). Ask that this bill be voted favorably out of committee in a timely manner so we can have an equitable health care bill discussed and passed in the 192nd session.
- Senate committee chair: Email Sen Cindy F. Friedman here
- House committee chair: Email Rep. John J. Lawn, Jr. here
Pass the VOTES ACT. Contact your Senator and Representative
S.1/HR1, ForThePeopleAct is critical to America’s future. Demand that Congress make elections fairer and puts power back in the hands of the American people. Ask your representative to support automatic voter registration, restore the Voting Rights Act, and reduce the influence of big money in politics.
Click to watch Northampton LWV member, Chris Flory, discuss Medicare for All in MA.