Civil rights

Reading of the Civil Rights Leaders’ Meeting with Senator Joe Manchin

Teresa Candori (National Urban League), [email protected], 212-558-5362
Marc Banks (NAACP), [email protected], 404-849-3189
Stephen Peters (The Leadership Conference), [email protected], 202-466-1887
Rachel Noerdlinger (National Action Network), [email protected], 347-821-9678
Lacy Crawford Jr (Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law), [email protected], 202-558-7900
Angelo Greco (National Coalition on Black Civic Participation / Black Women‘s Round Table), [email protected], 917-499-2688
Tkeban Jahannes (National Council of Black Women), [email protected], 404-944-1615
Juan Martinez, [NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF)] [email protected], 212-956-2200

WASHINGTON – Leaders of the nation’s leading historic civil rights organizations released the following joint reading during their meeting today with Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia:

Citing the worsening crisis of democracy that continues to plague the country, national civil rights leaders implored Senator Manchin to pledge to protect voting rights using all means available to the government. Senate, including bypassing the filibuster.

“Since the leaders last met Senator Manchin in June, some states have continued to impose discriminatory restrictions on voting and have started to endorse racist political cards. Conscientious election officials are being ousted from their posts and replaced by partisan extremists determined to overthrow the will of the voters.

“This not only harms democracy as a whole, but also the communities we represent, which have been historically disenfranchised throughout our country’s history. We fought too hard for our voting rights to be eroded.

“Every senator must understand the urgency of this critical moment in history and take immediate action to protect voting rights.

“The leaders noted that, despite Senator Manchin’s efforts to assemble a bipartisan coalition to pass voting rights legislation, not a single Republican senator has been willing to cooperate in the defense of democracy. It is time to do without filibuster.

“Over the past half century, the Senate has granted 161 filibuster exemptions, many of which are in common use, on matters involving trade, foreign policy, defense, budget reconciliation, judicial confirmations. and health care.

“The leaders made it clear to Senator Manchin that nothing is more crucial for a functioning democracy than the right to vote, the right most enshrined in the Constitution. Conversely, filibuster, used primarily in the 20th century to block civil rights legislation, was never part of Framers’ vision for the Senate and is not written into any law.

Civil rights leaders in attendance included:

  • President and CEO of the National Urban League Marc H. Morial
  • President and CEO of the NAACP Derrick johnson
  • Leaders’ Conference on Civil and Human Rights Acting President and CEO Wade henderson
  • National Action Network, (NAN) President and Founder Reverend Al sharpton
  • Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights under the Law Chairman and Executive Director Damon hewitt
  • President and CEO of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation / Black Women Roundtable Melanie Campbell
  • Executive Director of the National Council of Black Women Janice Mathis
  • NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) President and Managing Director Sherryn Ifill