We were LIVE: May 23, 2017, 5:00 PM-7:00 P.M. Eastern 

via Facebook Live Stream

The Voting Rights Alliance, the Transformative Justice Coalition,& The Georgia Coalition for the Peoples' Agenda Presented:

A Facebook Live Event Panel Discussion on Georgia

 "A Look at Voter Suppression in the US:

VOTING RIGHTS: GROUND ZERO GEORGIA"

#VRAmattersLive             #GAVotesMatter

On Tuesday,  May 23, 2017, from 5:00 PM- 7:00 PM, the Voting Rights Alliance (VRA), the Transformative Justice Coalition (TJC), and the Georgia Coalition for the Peoples' Agenda (GCPA) presented a very special Facebook Live panel discussion on the state of voting rights in Georgia, which was hosted by the GCPA's weekly voter empowerment forum. Georgia is the birth state of Dr. Amelia Platts Boynton Robinson, mother of the Voting Rights Movement; and, home of Dr. Joseph R. Lowery, Dean of the Civil Rights Movement and Convener of VRA partner, GCPA.

Planning for this event began in early March, before the nation's attention was riveted by Georgia's Special Election for the Sixth Congressional District. The VRA decided to spotlight Georgia's notorious recent history of voter suppression that have been flying silently under the radar of the national media and general public for years- a trend that makes the VRA regard Georgia as "Ground Zero".  

This panel discussed the current state of Georgia's failure to comply with the National Voter Registration Act of 1993, and the current litigation that is ensuing as a result of the state's refusal to reopen registration for the June 20th Run-Off Elections. The panel also covered local poll locations; early voting suppression; absentee ballots nationwide and specifically how it affects Georgia's elections; the current voter ID laws in Georgia; and, gerrymandering.

The Facebook Live event was broadcast live and is available on TJC's Facebook page at Facebook.com/TJC.DC.   

Panelists and moderator included: 

  • Helen Butler, GCPA Executive Director;
     
  • Barbara Arnwine, TJC President and Founder and Convener of the VRA; and, 
     
  • Moderator Sharon J. Hill, Community Advocate, Human Relations Strategist and top Political Organizer in the State of Georgia.

In addition to the livestream, there was also a live audience of about 60 people. You can still watch the livestream, and tweet us questions at @VRAmatters, using the hashtags #VRAMattersLive and #GAVotesMatter. TJC apologies to those who tried to access the livestream and were unable to because of technical difficulties. No matter when you have the opportunity to watch this incredible event panel discussion, we hope you'll invite your friends to watch it with you. Please don't hesitate to comment your questions and experiences directly on the livestream, as TJC is still monitoring the post. 

The VRA extends its gratitude to Sharon J. Hill, Triana Arnold, GCPA, the Wheat Street Baptist Church, Whitney Baker, Caitlyn Cobb, and all the volunteers and participants who made this event a great success.

 

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The Transformative Justice Coalition and Voting Rights Alliance Denounces Trump Administration Executive Order Establishing Election Integrity Commission

The Transformative Justice Coalition and the Voting Rights Alliance strongly denounce the Trump Administration's Executive Order establishing an Election Integrity Commission as a cynical ploy to promote voter suppression. "As every study has found insignificant instances of voter fraud, the prioritization of this Commission by President Trump serves no other purpose than that of promoting a false narrative and more voter suppression," said President and Founder Barbara R. Arnwine of the Transformative Justice Coalition and Co-Chair of the Voting Rights Alliance.

The real focus and issues facing Americans’ Election Integrity is the proliferation of 21st Century Jim Crow voter suppression laws throughout our nation, 21st Century IT hacking of our voting machines and no accountability for election results (25% of our voting machines produce NO paper ballots), the gerrymandering of our legislative districts that eliminate competitive elections and stifle public policy debate, and the proliferation of money and secret donations into our American election system. If American democracy is to survive and fulfill the vision of our founding fathers, these are the issues that must be addressed and eliminated.

No further evidence of the bad intent of this Commission is needed than that of the appointment of Voter Suppressor In Chief, Kris Kobach, Kansas Secretary of State, as Vice-Chair. Over the last several years, Mr. Kobach's schemes to impose proof of citizenship restrictions on the voters of Kansas have been repeatedly rejected by the courts. In addition, Mr. Kobach has been a strong proponent of the Interstate Crosscheck system, which has wrongfully purged voters from state registration rolls. Greg Palast's film "The Best Democracy Money Can Buy," details Mr. Kobach's involvement in creating the racially oppressive Crosscheck system.

Any legitimate commission would include members who reflect the organizations which have worked incessantly to combat voter suppression such as Project Vote, the NAACP, the Voting Rights Alliance and more, instead of known serial voter suppressors.

Placing this Commission under the supervision of the anti-voting rights Department of Justice and Attorney General Jefferson Sessions also evidences its purpose to restrict the American electorate at the expense of African American, Latino, Native American, student, low income, and disabled voters. This Commission also will waste public resources.

"We will not remain idle whilst the blood sacrifices of so many people for our voting rights are denigrated and undermined by this Administration," said Ms. Arnwine. "We will fight until this Commission is disbanded."