The Return of Freedom Summer

Source: The American Prospect
by Brittany Gibson

“Americans across the country are calling for Congress to pass a federal response to legislation that restricts the right to vote at the state level. Democratic lawmakers have responded with two bills that address voting rights, campaign finance, and other democratic processes: the For the People Act (H.R. 1 and S. 1) and the John Lewis Voting Advancement Act (H.R. 4). But much like the last federal intervention to state voting laws, the Voting Rights Act of 1965, these bills are unlikely to be signed into law without action from beyond Capitol Hill. ‘This is a time for strong social movements and social organization,’ says the Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis, co-chair of the Poor People’s Campaign. ‘It has been those who are most impacted and movements for change that have been raising and sounding the alarm on the attack on voting rights.'” (06/02/21)