A Reblog from TokyoSand
When President Biden stressed in his first formal press conference that our times are being marked by the battle between autocracy and democracy, he wasn’t just speaking about other countries. He was stressing what’s happening right here, in the US. Right now!
I am reblogging this post from TokyoSand at politicalcharge.org because it contains both the sense of urgency and some valuable resources for anyone who wants to learn more and/or donate to the pro-democracy Georgia organizations who are at the forefront of the battle.
Georgia’s Voter Suppression Law is Only the Beginning
You’ve no doubt seen the news that last night, Georgia’s Governor, Brian Kemp, signed a massive elections bill which amounts to nothing more than voter suppression.
To give you some context as to how unpopular this bill is, here are some statistics from PoliticalWire as to how the people of Georgia feel about it:
- 77% oppose criminalizing the distribution of food and water to people standing in line waiting to vote.
- 76% oppose allowing the state legislature to take election authority away from local elections officials, counties, and the Secretary of State.
- 70% oppose throwing out the vote of any eligible voter who votes at the wrong precinct location, regardless of circumstances like being given incorrect information by an election official.
This is just more evidence that 1) Republicans do not care about what we the people think, and 2) they are openly attacking democracy.
I keep getting questions about what we should do, and I have some suggestions below, but first I need to share with you more ugly truth.
This is only the beginning.
The truth is that the GOP has proposed 253 bills to restrict voting in 43 states. What just passed in Georgia is the beginning of what is, no joke, a fight for our democracy. If we don’t stop this right now, we’re going to be in a world of hurt and we won’t get the chance to fix any other issues.
What we can do
First off, what can we do about Georgia?
Well, the good news is that Marc Elias of Democracy Docket announced within 2 hours of Kemp signing the bill into law that they had filed a lawsuit on behalf of New Georgia Project, Black Voters Matter Fund and Rise, arguing that the bill violates the Fourteenth Amendment and the Voting Rights Act.
That said, every organization focused on elections in Georgia is going to need donations to help combat this law. I’ve got a great list of those organizations listed in an older article (about how to help elect now-Senators Warnock and Ossoff) but in the “donate” section, there is a list of 40+ Georgia organizations we can support right now.
Next, what can we do to stop these voter suppression bills?
With 253 bills in 43 states, the chances are really, really good you’ve got a voter suppression bill working its way through your state’s legislature right now. The Brennan Center has that list, by state, right HERE. Take one minute to look what bills are proposed in your state. Copy the bill numbers and then send your local/state legislators an email, or call them, and tell them to stop the bills asap. You can find their contact information HERE.
And of course, at the federal level, we need to put our energy into making sure that the For The People Act (HR1/S1) gets passed as soon as possible. It requires reforming the filibuster at the very least, so daily pressure must be applied. Call or email your Senators in Congress today.
Thank you for taking action!