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Rev. Dr. William Barber & Clergy Leaders Condemn Racist Voter Suppression & Submit Letter of Protest to UN

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New York City, NY – Rev. Dr. William J Barber II, National President and Senior Lecturer of Repairers of the Breach, co-Chair of the new Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for a Moral Revival, and Visiting Professor at Union Theological Seminary, joined by Dr. Liz Theoharis, co-Chair of Kairos and the Poor People’s Campaign, will gather NYC and other clergy leaders for a press conference on the steps of City Hall on Monday, July 17 at 11:00 a.m. The group will condemn ongoing, proven acts of racist voter suppression and racial voting district gerrymandering that undermine our democratic process. They will also challenge President Trump’s newly formed, fraudulent Election Integrity Commission, and celebrate those who fight court-proven voter disenfranchisement. The event will culminate with attendees signing an open letter to the U.N., which accuses the Trump administration and other elected officials who promote racist voter suppression. These actions violate the U.N. Universal Declaration of Human Rights by disenfranchising African Americans, other minorities, and low-income voters. Rev. Barber will also call on the United States Congress to fully restore Section V of the Voting Rights Act, institute automatic voter registration at age 18, expand early voting programs, and allow for same-day voter registration. These issues will be at the center of the ongoing planning for the Poor People’s Campaign’s call for a national moral revival that will happen in 2018 in 25 states and Washington DC over a 40-day period.
“Enfranchisement is essential to human freedom and dignity,” said the Rev. Barber. “To

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