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 President of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Prince George's County Chapter


By Debra Nixon Jordan (Oct. 20, 2021)

October 20, 2021 - Prince George's County, MD: This week the Senate blocked critically needed voting access legislation. No! Senators you do not have my consent to trample on the principles of democracy, with blatant discriminatory disdain for correcting the widespread voter suppression and disenfranchisement. Pass the For the People Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Act. No Senate rule that undermines my civil rights has primacy over my inalienable right to participate in the political process and vote. Some U.S. Senators filibustered the For the People Act, thereby ignoring the rights of every citizen to participate in the political process and vote. They chose to pander to seek partisan power rather than defend the Constitution and 15th Amendment. The filibuster blocked forward movement of the bill. As a result, we must speak out, continuously and vigorously! Tell the Senate to pass the bills. No Senate rule can take primacy over the rights of American citizens to vote. In watching the HBO documentary series “Agents of Chaos,” which reminded us that ALL of our United States of America Security Agencies reported confirmation of the Russian engagement in election tampering to undermine the 2017 elections and the stance of the same blockers of our civil rights at that time to favor partisanship over our country's democracy. This blatant disregard of the equality of all citizens is an affront to the Declaration of Independence and to our democracy. When our United States security agencies collectively agreed on Russian election tampering, Mitch McConnell then chose to ignore it as partisanship, despite confirmation from “ALL of our security agencies.” For these underminers of our democracy now, to take the further blatant step of blocking citizen access to the ballot by refusing to pass the For the People Act is tantamount to treason. Why, because it serves the same purposes of undermining confidence in our democracy, thereby destabilizing our country, just as is the Russian’s goal. It is time we remind our U.S. Senators that they are there to work, for the people and not for their personal power. Their anti-democratic votes an action to block our civil rights are unacceptable. 

  • By their actions, they fail to protect all the people equally.
  • By their actions, they destabilize our democracy by refusing to live up to its character and principles.
  • By their actions, they act unjustly in exercising power
  • By their actions they reject the self-evident fact of all people being created equally and blatantly flaunt the inequity they are fostering.
  • By their actions, they abridge my liberty, they pare my happiness, they violate my freedoms, and threaten our lives.

 They clearly forgot that government derives its power from the consent of the governed and the purpose of government is to protect these rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. No! You do not have my permission to deny my right to vote and my right to accessible voting. No! You do not have my permission to block critically needed voting access legislation. No! You do not have my permission to ignore the right of every citizen to participate in the political process. No! You do not have my permission to conspire to undermine our American democracy. No! You do not have my consent to cast Americans into the bowels of tyranny in your need for partisan power. This government derives its power from the consent of the governed and by blocking the For the People Act, you, Senators deny my liberty. By filibustering, Senators trample my civil rights, inalienable rights and assault the principles and stability of our democracy, thereby colluding with the agenda of the Russians as shown in the 2017 election to undermine faith in our democracy. For the People Act is needed because the Supreme Court invalidated key parts of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, when they ruled that states mandated and monitored for years, were in compliance with the Voting Rights Act, while many other states were not in compliance. Since, they had not been referenced in the litigation the conservative majority on the Supreme Court lifted the requirements on those states that clearly, still need voting rights monitoring and oversight, based on the widespread voter suppression now being suffered by our citizens, and which undermines American democracy and the character and image of our nation.  No! You, Senators do not have my consent to trample on the principles of democracy, with blatant discriminatory disdain for correcting the widespread voter suppression and disenfranchisement. Pass the For the People Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Act. No Senate rule that undermines my civil rights has primacy over my inalienable right to participate in the political process and vote. 


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