For Immediate Release
August 12, 2021
New Census Data Highlights Necessity to Pass Sweeping Voting Rights Legislation
Washington, D.C. — Today, the results of the 2020 Census Bureau were released, which will be used to redraw congressional districts and reapportion Congressional seats, putting the balance of the House in peril.
Stephany Spaulding, Just Democracy Spokesperson and Founder of Truth and Conciliation, issued the following statement:
“The new census data showed that our country is more diverse than ever, and Republican attempts to redraw district lines will be driven by fear of that diversity. We can't let them weaponize the census against Black and Brown political power—we need Congress to wake up and take action. The census release and the looming threat of gerrymandering should be a siren to every member of Congress who swore an oath to protect our democracy. If we don’t eliminate the filibuster to pass federal voting protections, we’re once again allowing white minority rule to govern this nation.
Just Democracy will join the Drum Major Institute, National Action Network, March On, SEIU, Future Coalition, 51 for 51 and dozens of other partners for the March On for Voting Rights on Saturday, August 28 to make their voices heard on this issue. Together with these civil rights groups and thousands of voters nationwide, the Just Democracy coalition will march to call on Congress to swiftly eliminate the filibuster and pass national voting rights legislation, including the For the People Act, the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act and the Washington D.C. Admissions 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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