Aura Bogado writes about racial justice, Native rights, and immigration for The Nation. A former host and producer for Pacifica radio, her work has also been published in Mother Jones, Newsweek Argentina, Colorlines.com and The Huffington Post. She is currently based in New York City.
Brentin Mock’s report from the recent True the Vote national summit in Houston, Texas, offers an alarming look at the lengths to which the rightwing is going to suppress the ability of citizens of color to vote.
True the Vote speakers talked a good game about protecting minority enfranchisement but, as Mock wrote, there was one thing conspicuously missing at the conference—any mention of expanding voter participation among voters of color. That’s the mandate of the League of Young Voters, a national group dedicated to engaging non-college youth and youth from low-income communities of color more deeply in the democratic process by working on local issues and by providing young people with tools, training and support to become meaningful catalysts for change in their communities. Check out LYVEF’s resource page, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer with a local league and donate to support the organization’s ability to counter the well-funded voter suppression tactics of the right.
Last March, in the invaluable Colorlines, which The Nation is collaborating with in a series of reports on voter suppression efforts nationwide, Mock revealed the potentially game-changing news that as many as 5 million eligible voters could meet difficulties voting this Election Day due to new, restrictive voter laws.
Right-wing billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch have funded efforts to thwart 21 million Americans from voting and Koch dollars helped write and propose voting suppression bills in thirty-eight states, as this stunning video from Robert Greenwald’s Brave New Films makes clear.
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