Protecting Voting Rights

Congressman Jim Matheson
2014-08-08 16:51:35
Congressman Jim Matheson, 4th Congressional District of Utah Dear Friend, The concepts of freedom and equality are foundations of our country. �Throughout our nation�s history, there has been tremendous personal sacrifice made to preserve and expand these ideals. �Here in Utah, many of our ancestors traveled great distances and showed immense bravery in the name of freedom. You may not know that this summer commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, a seminal piece of legislation in the quest for freedom and equality in our country. �Specifically the Act outlaws discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. �For many of us, including me, it is impossible to remember a time when this landmark bill was not a part of the fabric of our country. Many events led up to the passage of the Civil Rights Act, including the work of the Freedom Riders, civil rights activists who traveled to the segregated South, to promote integration and voting rights. �My son Will and I traveled to Mississippi and Alabama this spring as part of a delegation recognizing the exceptional work of the Freedom Riders, following their travels and paying respect to their sacrifices. �It was a tremendously powerful experience for me, and an important reminder of how individual citizens can affect change and work to combat injustice. �I was proud to share this experience with colleagues from both sides of the aisle, including Congressman John Lewis, a civil rights hero who marched with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.� Unfortunately, the work of promoting and protecting equality is never finished. �Following Supreme Court decisions about congressional boundaries and redistricting, Congress needs to update and amend the Voting Rights Act. �This legislation ensures that every American is afforded their voice in government, and making certain through judicial oversight that there cannot be deliberate attempts made to disenfranchise any group of individuals. �I am proud to have joined my colleagues from both sides of the aisle on a bill, HR 3899 - a bipartisan plan that strengthens protections for everyone�s right to vote. I am honored to serve in Congress on behalf of Utah families like yours. �As your representative, I always appreciate hearing from you on current topics and issues affecting you and our community. �Please let me know areas you find especially interesting or where I can provide you with additional information. �I value your ideas and look forward to hearing from you. Sincerely, Rep. Jim Matheson U.S. Representative 4th District of Utah � Contact information: Website: matheson.house.gov Washington, DC Office 2211 Rayburn HOB Washington, DC 20515 Phone - (202) 225-3011 Fax - (202) 225-5638 Utah District Office 9067 South 1300 West Suite 101 West Jordan, UT 84088 Phone - (801) 486-1236 Fax - (801) 486-1417 Unsubscribe: matheson.congressnewsletter.net/mail/util.cfm Privacy Policy: matheson.house.gov/Privacy-Policy
August 08, 2014

Dear Friend,

The concepts of freedom and equality are foundations of our country.  Throughout our nation�s history, there has been tremendous personal sacrifice made to preserve and expand these ideals.  Here in Utah, many of our ancestors traveled great distances and showed immense bravery in the name of freedom.

You may not know that this summer commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, a seminal piece of legislation in the quest for freedom and equality in our country.  Specifically the Act outlaws discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.  For many of us, including me, it is impossible to remember a time when this landmark bill was not a part of the fabric of our country.

Many events led up to the passage of the Civil Rights Act, including the work of the Freedom Riders, civil rights activists who traveled to the segregated South, to promote integration and voting rights.  I traveled to Mississippi and Alabama this spring as part of a delegation recognizing the exceptional work of the Freedom Riders, following their travels and paying respect to their sacrifices.  It was a tremendously powerful experience for me, and an important reminder of how individual citizens can affect change and work to combat injustice.  I was proud to share this experience with colleagues from both sides of the aisle, including Congressman John Lewis, a civil rights hero who marched with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 

Unfortunately, the work of promoting and protecting equality is never finished.  Following Supreme Court decisions about congressional boundaries and redistricting, Congress needs to update and amend the Voting Rights Act.  This legislation ensures that every American is afforded their voice in government, and making certain through judicial oversight that there cannot be deliberate attempts made to disenfranchise any group of individuals.  I am proud to have joined my colleagues from both sides of the aisle on a bill, - a bipartisan plan that strengthens protections for everyone�s right to vote.

I am honored to serve in Congress on behalf of Utah families like yours.  As your representative, I always appreciate hearing from you on current topics and issues affecting you and our community.  Please areas you find especially interesting or where I can provide you with additional information.  I value your ideas and look forward to hearing from you.

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2211 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone - (202) 225-3011
Fax - (202) 225-5638
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Phone - (801) 486-1236
Fax - (801) 486-1417