Civil Society Groups Demand That Gov Cuomo and Legislature Pass Voting Rights Bill

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Gov Andrew Cuomo-- demands on him to push for Voting Rights Bill

Civil Rights and Faith Leaders, Elected Officials and Voting Rights Groups Demand That New York Governor and State Legislature Pass Voting Rights Bill

A broad coalition of voting rights advocates is launching a campaign to promote federal and state voting rights protections for people of color and working families across New York.

With the 2013 repeal of Section 5 of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, a number of states have begun instituting restrictions to voting rights which amount to voter suppression. On the eve of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, our coalition is calling on New York State to lead the way in restoring voting rights protections for increasingly vulnerable communities of color.

WHO:

Public Advocate Letitia James

Bertha Lewis, Black Leadership Action Coalition

Congressman Hakeem Jeffries

Assemblyman Nick Perry, NY State Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus

Assemblywoman Latrice Walker

Councilman Andy King, NY City, Black, Latino and Asian Caucus

Donna Lieberman, NY Civil Liberties Union

Hazel Dukes, President NY State Conference NAACP

WHAT: Voting Rights Press Conference and Leadership Summit

WHEN: 2 pm (press conference); 2:30pm- 5pm (VR Leadership Summit), Friday, January 15, 2016

WHERE: 1199SEIU Headquarters, 330 West 42nd Street (8th & 9th Ave.)
 

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