Richmond, VA, December 3, 2023 - New approaches to voter suppression are effectively disenfranchising millions of voters of color, young people, and poor people. On December 7, attendees will learn about how states are making voting more difficult for voters. Importantly, we will also discuss how we can protect our democracy ahead of the 2024 election.
The Center for Common Ground and the Workers Circle will host a virtual panel discussion on December 7 from 7:00 to 8:30 pm ET called “How Voter Suppression Works Today and What We Can Do About It.” Guest panelists include Andrea Miller, Founding Board Member and Executive Director of the Center for Common Ground; Evan Milligan, lead plaintiff in Allen v. Milligan and Executive Director of the Alabama Forward; Richard Walker, Founder and Executive Director of Bridging the Gap Virginia and Returning Citizen; Lulu Friesdat, Election Security Journalist & Executive Director of SMART Elections; Carol Blackmon, Black Voters Matter Senior State Organizing Manager, Mississippi.
This event is free and open to the public. ASL and close captions will be provided.
“Attendees will leave this program with a clear sense of the dangerous way voter suppression functions today and the strategic actions we can take as we gear up for 2024.” said Founding Board Member and Executive Director Andrea Miller, “Voter suppression still exists, though it has moved underground, but not quite under the radar. We must educate, empower, and mobilize voters in the face of continued threats to the ballot box. Together, we can ensure people are ready to vote and will not be stopped by barriers.”
“This is a unique opportunity for people who are concerned about voter suppression to learn from the people on the frontlines of fighting it,” said Ann Toback, CEO of the Workers Circle. “You’ll leave this program informed and empowered for concrete, strategic action to step us closer to the fully participatory, multi-racial, multi-cultural democracy that America must become.
The Workers Circle is a national, secular, Jewish social justice organization founded by Eastern European immigrants who came to the United States fleeing autocracy and persecution, and seeking democratic freedoms and economic opportunities at the turn of the 20th century. That history drives our work for an inclusive democracy and human equality today. Our activism is rooted in 1,000 years of Yiddish culture and tradition. Through strategic social justice campaigns, vibrant Yiddish language classes, and interactive educational programs, we power a multi-generational community of activists that is building “a better and more beautiful world for all.”
For more information, visit www.circle.org/
The Center for Common Ground, a non-partisan voting rights organization led by people of color, has been fighting voter suppression and empowering underserved communities since 2018. By helping these communities understand the power of their vote at all levels, the impact of local policies, and where elected officials stand, we aim to help people recognize voter suppression practices and join the battle to end them.
For more information, visit www.centerforcommonground.org.