TODAY: Trump commission fires first salvo in war on voting rights

PFAW Voting Rights Alert
2017-07-19 14:14:21
A new message from your friends at People For the American Way. Anne, This morning, PFAW gathered a large group of DC area activists and partner organizations to rally outside of the White House in advance of today's first meeting of Trump's sham 'Election Integrity' Commission. Voting and civil rights experts agree that the commission's real purpose is to lay the groundwork for a new wave of voter suppression nationwide, via voter roll purges and policies that put barriers between eligible voters and the ballot box. Our message is clear: We will stop at nothing to protect our right to vote. And we're backing it up with a major campaign, including * a comprehensive press strategy, * fighting the Right's lies with the facts, * helping to organize a large coalition of voting rights advocates, and * mobilizing a massive nationwide grassroots response against any attacks on voting rights borne out of the commission... Please renew for 2017 with a donation now to support our fight to protect voting rights and STOP Trump Republicans' voter suppression!>> site.pfaw.org/site/R Everything you need to know about Trump's voter suppression commission can be gleaned by WHO is on it... Kris Kobach: Co-chair of the commission, Kansas Secretary of State, and perhaps the chief architect of the Right's coordinated attack on voting rights. He has been repeatedly sued for making it harder for Kansans to vote. In 2016 he illegally blocked tens of thousands of eligible voters from registering. He repeatedly pushed the racist conspiracy theory that President Obama was born in Kenya. In 2015, Kobach said that it was possible that the Obama administration might ban all prosecutions of African Americans. Hans von Spakovsky: As an attorney in George W. Bush's Justice Department, von Spakovsky gave the green light to a restrictive voter ID program in Georgia against the advice of career DOJ attorneys -- at the same time he published an op-ed under a pseudonym supporting ID requirements. Since then he's worked at the far-right Heritage Foundation, whose president openly admitted that his group was working to impose voter ID requirements across the country in order to elect "more conservative candidates." J. Christian Adams: Former Bush Department of Justice Attorney and a longtime critic of the Voting Rights Act. Adams claimed that under President Obama, the Justice Department's Voting Rights Division didn't spend enough time protecting white voters. Ken Blackwell: Former Ohio Secretary of State and current senior fellow at the Radical Right hate group Family Research Council. In 2004 Blackwell became notorious for his efforts to hinder minority voter registration in Ohio in an effort to support the reelection of President George W. Bush. He's one of the few current or former election officials to echo Donald Trump's baseless claims of widespread illegal voting in the 2016 elections. Americans died fighting for the right to vote. Don't let these extremists get away with their un-American voter suppression. Donate generously now to renew your support and fund our campaign to fight back>> site.pfaw.org/site/R Thanks for everything you do and for every bit of your amazing ongoing support. -- Ben Betz, Digital Advocacy Director donate: site.pfaw.org/site/R                                 Do not reply directly to this e-mail. Please use xxx. Trouble viewing the email? VIEW AS WEB PAGE>> site.pfaw.org/site/R This email was sent to xxx. Reaching you over email is the best way we have to let you know about the ways you can take action to fight the Right Wing and defend our constitutional rights and values. If you have any thoughts, comments, or criticisms, or if there's a better email address at which to reach you, please let us know. If you'd like to unsubscribe from our list, you can do that here: site.pfaw.org/site/CO . But know that if you leave, it will be harder for you to stay involved with People For the American Way and continue our crucial work. PFAW is able to win policy battles and elections, and counter the Right's extremism and hate, because of dedicated activists like you, and we're always eager to hear your thoughts. Thanks for your support. CONTACT: site.pfaw.org/site/R pfaw.org  |  privacy policy  |  subscribe   |   contact us site.pfaw.org/site/R site.pfaw.org/site/R site.pfaw.org/site/R site.pfaw.org/site/R Facebook  |  Twitter  |  YouTube site.pfaw.org/site/R site.pfaw.org/site/R site.pfaw.org/site/R site.pfaw.org/site/R site.pfaw.org/site/R site.pfaw.org/site/R   1101 15th Street, NW, Suite 600, Washington, DC 20005-5002, 202-467-4999 Powered by Convio site.pfaw.org/site/R
A new message from your friends at People For the American Way.



Anne,

This morning, PFAW gathered a large group of DC area activists and partner organizations to rally outside of the White House in advance of today’s first meeting of Trump’s sham ‘Election Integrity’ Commission.

Voting and civil rights experts agree that the commission’s real purpose is to lay the groundwork for a new wave of voter suppression nationwide, via voter roll purges and policies that put barriers between eligible voters and the ballot box.

Our message is clear: We will stop at nothing to protect our right to vote.

And we’re backing it up with a major campaign, including

  • a comprehensive press strategy,
  • fighting the Right’s lies with the facts,
  • helping to organize a large coalition of voting rights advocates, and
  • mobilizing a massive nationwide grassroots response against any attacks on voting rights borne out of the commission…

Everything you need to know about Trump’s voter suppression commission can be gleaned by WHO is on it…

Kris Kobach: Co-chair of the commission, Kansas Secretary of State, and perhaps the chief architect of the Right’s coordinated attack on voting rights. He has been repeatedly sued for making it harder for Kansans to vote. In 2016 he illegally blocked tens of thousands of eligible voters from registering. He repeatedly pushed the racist conspiracy theory that President Obama was born in Kenya. In 2015, Kobach said that it was possible that the Obama administration might ban all prosecutions of African Americans.

Hans von Spakovsky: As an attorney in George W. Bush’s Justice Department, von Spakovsky gave the green light to a restrictive voter ID program in Georgia against the advice of career DOJ attorneys -- at the same time he published an op-ed under a pseudonym supporting ID requirements. Since then he’s worked at the far-right Heritage Foundation, whose president openly admitted that his group was working to impose voter ID requirements across the country in order to elect “more conservative candidates.”

J. Christian Adams: Former Bush Department of Justice Attorney and a longtime critic of the Voting Rights Act. Adams claimed that under President Obama, the Justice Department’s Voting Rights Division didn’t spend enough time protecting white voters.

Ken Blackwell: Former Ohio Secretary of State and current senior fellow at the Radical Right hate group Family Research Council. In 2004 Blackwell became notorious for his efforts to hinder minority voter registration in Ohio in an effort to support the reelection of President George W. Bush. He’s one of the few current or former election officials to echo Donald Trump’s baseless claims of widespread illegal voting in the 2016 elections.

Americans died fighting for the right to vote. Don’t let these extremists get away with their un-American voter suppression.

Thanks for everything you do and for every bit of your amazing ongoing support.

-- Ben Betz, Digital Advocacy Director

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

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