For Immediate Release

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June 11, 2021


AG Garland Calls on Congress to Pass Voting Rights Legislation

Garland: “Democracy is not a state — it is an act, and each generation must do its part.”

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, Attorney General Merrick Garland called on Congress to pass the For the People Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act. He also outlined several actions the Justice Department will take to protect the right to vote, including publishing guidelines about redistricting, scrutinizing new laws that seek to curb voter access, and investigating attacks on election workers. 

Rev. Dr. Stephany Spaulding, Coalition Member of Just Democracy and Founder of Truth and Conciliation issued the following statement:

“Today, Attorney General Garland outlined immense strides to protect the right to vote for Black and Brown Americans—now, we need Congress to step up and do its part. Garland said the right to vote is not up for debate, but it is under attack. Doubling the size of the DOJ’s voting rights division is a critical step, but they’ll be screaming from the sidelines without congressionally-granted power to strike down voter suppression laws. All eyes remain on Congress to do what must be done to protect our country’s democracy: eliminate the filibuster, and pass the For the People Act and John Lewis Voting Rights Act.”


About Just Democracy

Just Democracy is an intersectional coalition with racial justice at its core — uplifting voices from all walks of American life that are too often left out of the conversation. The coalition is made up of over 40 Black and Brown-led organizations working across issue areas. It mobilizes thousands who know that advancing social and racial justice issues first requires bold structural democracy reform.

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