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June 6, 2021

Just Democracy Responds to Senator Manchin’s Op-ed in The Charleston Gazette-Mail

Manchin’s failure to act “resurrects the legacy of segregationists and gives aid and comfort to the supporters of the Big Lie.”

WashingtonThis morning, Senator Joe Manchin published an op-ed in The Charleston Gazette-Mail confirming he does not plan to vote for the For the People Act. The op-ed failed to raise a single substantive argument against the actual policies laid out in the For the People Act.

Dr. Rev. Stephany Spaulding, Just Democracy Spokesperson and Founder of Truth and Conciliation, issued the following statement in response:

“Senator Manchin says he’s supporting bi-partisanship by voting against the For the People Act, but what he’s doing resurrects the legacy of segregationists and gives aid and comfort to supporters of the Big Lie. Manchin’s rationale places a Jim Crow relic over the most fundamental right we have as Americans: the right to vote. Republican efforts to obstruct the right to vote are sweeping the states like wildfire and they have a clear objective to disenfranchise Black and Brown voters. Senator Manchin has a choice to do something or to do nothing.”

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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