OREGON JOURNEY FOR JUSTICE
WHEN: TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2015
DOORS OPEN AT 6PM; PROGRAM STARTS AT 7PM
WHERE: BILLY WEBB ELKS LODGE
6 N TILLAMOOK, PORTLAND
Join Common Cause Oregon and the NAACP Portland Chapter to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act.
Enjoy an evening of music and stories, as we honor Governor Kate Brown and the community organizations that passed trailblazing voter registration legislation this year, look back at past historic struggles and onto the frontlines of the today’s work for voting rights and civil rights.
The Oregon Journey for Justice is an evening of inspiration, education and mobilization, coordinated with the national 2015 march from Selma, Alabama to Washington, D.C. As marchers from Selma reach the nation’s capital, calling on Congress for meaningful reform on voting rights, jobs, education and criminal justice, here in Oregon we’ll look back on historic achievements and invest in the work ahead.
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Fifty years ago, civil rights leaders won passage of the Voting Rights Act, monumental legislation that finally forced strong federal protection against violent racially-based voter suppression. And earlier this year, here in Oregon, we passed groundbreaking legislation that makes voter registration more clearly a means than a barrier to the vote.
But even as we celebrate these historic achievements, there’s important work ahead. Federally, we must restore the Voting Rights Act, because the U.S. Supreme Court struck down its most important enforcement provision. Here in Oregon, we’re already facing voter suppression measures on the upcoming 2016 ballot.