from VRA for Today
On May 28th, 86 organizations from more than a dozen religious denominations sent Congress a public interfaith letter of support for the Voting Rights Amendment Act (VRAA) of 2014.
“The teachings of our respective faiths may diverge on issues of theology and practice, but all speak clearly of the imperative to pursue justice and treat each and every human being with dignity and respect,” the interfaith coalition writes.
As many people of faith fought for the Voting Rights Act (VRA) of 1965, they continue this work after the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision last June in Shelby County v. Holder, which struck down a key provision of the VRA and stripped voters of critical protections. “We are united in standing up for those most at risk of having their voices silenced at the ballot box,” the letter states. “We are inspired to do what we can to protect the right of each individual to play a role in shaping the future of our cities, towns, states and nation. What is at stake in this fight is the very nature of our society, whether we can truly call ourselves a democracy in which each citizen can cast a vote to choose our leaders and shape the direction of our country.”
The faith community continues the proud fight to secure all Americans with a voice through the swift passage of the critical, bipartisan VRAA.
Click here for a PDF of the letter.