51st Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965

votingrightsactsOn Saturday, August 6th we celebrated one of the most sweeping civil rights laws of the 20th century. The Voting Rights Act was designed to combat discrimination in voting. The law eliminated the discriminatory voting practices adopted in many states after the Civil War.

More than 50 years later, despite the promise of increased political participation by people of color created by the Voting Rights Act. Its full potential has not been realized, more than six million Americans, including Latino and people of color, are locked out of the political process by state laws that disqualify people from voting.

Regrettably, 51 years after 600 people risked their lives on Bloody Sunday to expand democracy for people of color, and with the 2016 Presidential election fast approaching – too many voters of color are experiencing increased political participation and are losing their voting rights daily.

However, the celebration in this anniversary is that hard working men and women across this country, working people in unions and friends of labor, continue to fight to protect the voting rights of families and have been successful in beating back laws that suppress the vote.

Without a doubt, Congress needs to act now to fully restore the Voting Rights Act to ensure that every vote counts and civic participation is made accessible to every single American. But, while we recognize there is much more to do to fight discrimination at the polls. Working people stand in solidarity as we march toward a democracy for all.