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RuralOrganizing.Org to Democratic Senators: Change the Filibuster Rules to Save our Democracy

The following is a statement from Matt Hildreth, Executive Director of RuralOrganizing.Org:

This week, Senate Democrats have the opportunity to save our democracy. They must not miss the chance.

RuralOrganizing.Org strongly encourages Democrats in the Senate to change the arcane Senate rules to allow for votes on The Freedom to Vote Act And The John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act.

For the past year, Republicans in states across the nation have, by simple majorities, passed laws that undermine the right to vote. Republicans are not subtle about what they are doing. It’s voter suppression. They believe that their actions will be protected by the filibuster, the same Jim Crow relic that segregationists used to block voting rights back in the 50s and 60s. These Republicans know that the GOP Senate caucus will march in lockstep and are counting on a couple Democrats, Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema, to enable their obstruction.

That must not happen.

Majority Leader Schumer has promised votes this week to change the rules of the Senate to allow votes on both The Freedom to Vote Act And The John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act. Every Democrat who cares about preserving the right to vote, a right so many fought and died for, must agree to changing the filibuster and vote for those bills.

Yesterday, President Biden presented the choice for Democratic Senators: “Do you want to be on the side of Dr. King or George Wallace? The side of John Lewis or Bull Connor? The side of Abraham Lincoln or Jefferson Davis?"

In 1965, a bipartisan group of Senators overcame a segregationist filibuster to pass the original Voting Rights Act.  Unfortunately, bipartisanship on this issue is long gone. Senate Republicans have chosen voter suppression.  Senate Democrats must not let them prevail.

“The mission of RuralOrganizing.org  is to rebuild a rural America that is empowered, thriving, and equitable. Follow us on Twitter @RuralOrganizing."

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