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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 

Contact: Alfreda Stukes


The National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. 

Commemorating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday

Our democracy is under attack… Now is the time to act! 

October 28, 2021, Atlanta, GA - The rights that our ancestors fought, bled, and died to gain are under attack. Two voting bills will be addressed in the upcoming weeks that can make sweeping legislative changes to protect voting rights and secure elections. 

The Freedom to Vote Act introduced in the Senate September 14, 2021, creates a set of standards for federal elections to ensure that voters have similar access to the ballot box. The bill addresses voter registration and voting access, election integrity and security, redistricting, and campaign finance. 

The John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act is an update to the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The bill would restore and update the landmark Voting Rights Act of 1965 which stopped states from enacting racially discriminatory voting restrictions. It would also strengthen the government’s ability to respond to voting discrimination. In 2021, 49 states introduced more than 400 anti-voter bills and at least 19 states have passed 33 of them. These voting restrictions disproportionately impact people of color, women, voters with disabilities and young and older voters, making it more difficult for them to access the ballot box. 

The National Coalition of 100 Black Women (NCBW), Inc., rebukes all voter suppression tactics used to keep African Americans and minorities from exercising their Constitutional right to vote. NCBW supports the Freedom to Vote Act and the expansion of voter registration. Join us in commemorating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday by sending emails/letters to both your federal and state legislators in January 2022, demanding that they support voting rights legislation and end all measures of voter suppression.

 “We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of Now. This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy.” Martin Luther King, Jr.

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The National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Incorporated is a 40-year-old advocacy organization whose vision is that black women and girls will live in a world where socio-economic inequity does not exist. Thus, we advocate on behalf of black women and girls to promote leadership development and gender equity in the areas of health, education, and economic empowerment. As a voice for millions of black women and girls in the United States, the Coalition believes in inclusion, respect, racial and social justice, integrity, accountability, and collaboration. For more information, visit the National Coalition of 100 Black Women Inc. at www.ncbw.org.