The League of Women Voters kicked off Women’s History Month with a live panel discussion with leaders from organizations dedicated to fighting voter suppression and empowering communities.
Our March 3 panel brought together a group of empowering women leaders: Amanda Brown Lierman, SuperMajority executive director; Sindy M. Benavides, League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) CEO, LaTosha Brown, co-founder of Black Voters Matter, and Virginia Kase Solomón, CEO of the League of Women Voters of the United States (LWVUS).
Learn more about our biggest takeaways:
– LaTosha Brown, co-founder, Black Voters Matter
In recent years, we’ve seen barriers to voting rights increase, with anti-voter bills and gerrymandering disproportionately targeting voters of color, voters with disabilities, and more of our traditionally underserved communities. We cannot have a fair, representative democracy without dismantling the systems that amplify the voices of some and silence the voices of others. Intersectionality and compassion are not only crucial to breaking up these systems but also to empowering voters and amplifying voices.
– Amanda Brown Lierman, executive director, SuperMajority
With voting rights under attack, it can be challenging to have faith in our democratic process and leaders. However, we must have faith in our coalition of community, trust, and empowerment. We’ve seen the positive change that sprouts when we prioritize people over politics. and the power to transform the status quo and create more inclusive and equitable systems.
That said, the responsibility cannot just fall on the shoulders of voters. Hold your elected officials accountable and learn more about what you can do to protect voting rights.
– Sindy Benavides, CEO, LULAC
The League believes that the pillars of a true democracy are open discourse and diversity of opinion. By engaging in our political processes and protecting voting rights, we can rewrite the narrative and transform our systems, so they truly represent all Americans. The foundation of our nation’s future is built on a coalition of rich and varied communities and identities.
– Virginia Kase Solomón, CEO, LWVUS
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