from the Leadership Conference of Women Religious
On this national holiday honoring the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) and the National Black Sisters’ Conference (NBSC) have issued a joint statement calling on the Senate to do everything within its power to strengthen our democracy and protect every person’s sacred right to vote by passing the Freedom to Vote: John R. Lewis Act. The full statement is available at this link.
We expect the Senate to take up the House Message, which they passed last week, on Tuesday. Your Senators need to hear from you immediately. They need to know that their constituents want them to act to strengthen our democracy and protect every persons sacred right to vote.
Here are a few suggested action:
- Share the LCWR/NBSC joint statement with them. You can send the link via email, tweet <https://ucsd.libguides.com/congress_twitter>, or by contacting their webpages.
- Send an email to Senate staffers you know.
- Call your Senators directly or via the Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121. You might say something like . . .
I’m ____________ from ____________, as a person of faith [and a Catholic sister], I believe that the right to vote is sacred and rooted in the human dignity of each person created in the image of God. I ask you to use every possible tool, including reform of the Senate filibuster rule, to ensure passage of the Freedom to Vote: John R. Lewis Act. If Senators fails to protect democracy by guaranteeing the sacred right to vote, they deny our shared dignity and ultimately fail to uphold their duty to serve their constituents. Can I count on Senator _______________ to support the Freedom to Vote: John R. Lewis Act? Thank you for all of your efforts to strengthen our democracy and protect every person’s sacred right to vote.
And thank you all for all of your efforts. Thank you for your commitment to continue the work of Dr. King by helping to pass The Freedom to Vote: John R. Lewis Act that will ensure that voters can safely and freely cast their ballots, protect against election sabotage, stop partisan gerrymandering, and limit the influence of dark money in politics.