Demand passage of voting rights bills by MLK day

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From now through MLK day, a “day on, not a day off” for voting rights

The family of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is calling for “no celebration without legislation,” urging Congress to pass voting rights protections before MLK day. This week, we’re asking Indivisibles to call their Senators every day from now through Jan. 17th, until the filibuster is ended and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act and the Freedom to Vote Act are passed.Last week, over 300 of you came out for the Vigil for Democracy! That passion is what we need to put into action and push for our Senators to pass these bills and end the Jim Crow relic that is the filibuster.

Sen. Schumer has vowed that if Republicans continue to use the filibuster to block voting rights legislation, the Senate will vote on overhauling the filibuster no later than MLK day in order to pass these bills. This is the time to flood our Senators’ offices with calls and let them know we must pass these bills to fight Republican voter suppression.

Below are example call scripts, plus a link to a Sacramento MLK day event hosted by Black Lives Matter Sacramento and the Sacramento NAACP.

A crowd holds a candlelight vigil in Davis Central Park. A speaker stands on a stage in front of a sign made of LED letters reading "voting rights now" and addresses the crowd.

Over 300 people attended the Vigil for Democracy in Central Park, Davis last Thursday. Thank you to everyone who came out, and keep up that same spirit for protecting voting rights and democracy!

Call Sen. Feinstein and Sen. Padilla every day through MLK day

Sample Call Script: (your own words are best)
Hi, my name is [name]. I’m a voter and a constituent of Senator [Feinstein/Padilla]. My zip code is [zip code].

I’m calling to ask the Senator to bring the full force of the powers invested in [him/her] to ending the filibuster right now and getting both the Freedom to Vote Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act passed before Martin Luther King Jr. Day, January 17th. Democracy needs saving and can’t wait any longer.

Extra credit: recruit some friends to call every day with the “Seven day save democracy challenge“.

Black Lives Matter Sacramento: 7th Annual ReclaimMLK Caravan

“Monday, January 17 2022 Black Lives Matter Sacramento and the Sacramento NAACP will be hosting a car caravan parade march to honor Martin Luther King Jr. during this time of COVID 19.” – details here

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