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Riverside Church

A Public Forum on Voting and Voter Suppression

With music to lift your soul
Sunday, June 14th at 3 PM and 8 PM EST
Free and open to the public
Watch the recorded presentation on Riverside Church’s YouTube Channel
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Presented by JusticeAid and The Riverside Church of New York

Lift Every Voice and Vote is an online public forum in partnership with The Riverside Church of New York, featuring Hon. Stacey Abrams, Founder, Fair Fight and Fair Count; Kristen Clarke, President & Executive Director, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law/Election Protection; U.S. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, New York’s 8th Congressional District; Maria Teresa Kumar, President and CEO, Voto Latino; and Ray Suarez, Broadcast Journalist and Lecturer.

With special music performances by Abena Koomson-Davis and the Resistance Revival Chorus and jazz pianist sensation Matthew Whitaker.

Watch the recorded presentation on the YouTube channel of the Riverside Church here.


Stacey Abrams is a New York Times bestselling author, serial entrepreneur, nonprofit CEO, and political leader. After serving for 11 years in the Georgia House of Representatives, in 2018, Abrams became the Democratic nominee for Governor of Georgia, winning more votes than any other Democrat in the state’s history. Abrams was the first black woman to become the gubernatorial nominee for a major party in the U.S., and the first black woman and first Georgian to deliver a Response to the State of the Union. In 2018, Abrams launched Fair Fight to ensure every American has a voice in our election system through programs. The following year, she launched Fair Count to ensure accuracy in the 2020 Census and greater participation in civic engagement. More




Kristen Clarke is President and Executive Director of the national Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. In this capacity she is a legal advocate on behalf of the rights of communities of color, especially in the areas of social justice, equal economic opportunity, criminal justice, and judicial diversity, among others.

Before joining the Lawyers’ Committee, Clarke spent several years at the NAACP’s Legal Defense and Educational Fund (LDF) where she helped lead the organization’s efforts in voting rights and election law reform across the country. Before joining the LDF, she worked at the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division, where she served as a federal prosecutor, handling cases of police brutality, hate crimes, and human trafficking. Clarke is a regular contributor to a number of outlets including CNN, MSNBC, and TV One as well as a 2017 recipient of Quinnipiac University’s Thurgood Marshall Award, among others. More


U.S. REP. HAKEEM JEFFRIES, Keynote Speaker

Hakeem Jeffries represents the diverse Eighth Congressional District of New York, an area that encompasses large parts of Brooklyn and a section of Queens. Serving his fourth term in the United States Congress, Rep. Jeffries is a member of the House Judiciary Committee and House Budget Committee.

Rep. Jeffries is Chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, having been elected to that position by his colleagues in November 2018. In that capacity, he is the fifth highest-ranking Democrat in the House of Representatives.  He is also the former Whip of the Congressional Black Caucus and previously co-chaired the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee where he helped develop the For The People agenda.

In Congress, Rep. Jeffries has emerged as a tireless advocate for social and economic justice. He has worked hard to reform our criminal justice system, improve the economy for everyday Americans, and protect our health care from right-wing attacks. More



María Teresa Kumar is the founding President and CEO of Voto Latino and Emmy-nominated contributor with MSNBC. Under her leadership, Voto Latino has become a key factor in national elections by registering over half a million voters and influencing millions more through viral, celebrity-driven campaigns.

Kumar is a frequent guest analyst on NPR and PBS, a panelist on Bill Maher’s HBO show, an opinion writer for national publications, and a sought after speaker at major conferences. She started her career as a legislative aide for then-Democratic Caucus Chair Vic Fazio, and graduated from Harvard’s Kennedy School and the University of California at Davis. More


RAY SUAREZ, Moderator

During his 30 years as a television news anchor and radio journalist, Ray Suarez has hosted programs and reported for Al Jazeera America, PBS, CNN, and NPR. He served as senior national correspondent for the PBS Newshour, where he covered global health, the 9/11 attacks in New York and Washington, DC,  four Presidential elections, and moderated two Presidential debates. He has also worked as a radio reporter in London and Rome, as a Los Angeles correspondent for CNN, and as a reporter for the NBC-owned station WMAQ-TV in Chicago. He is currently co-host of the radio program and podcast World Affairs for KQED and the World Affairs Council. Suarez has been honored with multiple awards for his work, and is co-recipient of the Dupont-Columbia Silver Baton Award for his coverage of South Africa’s first democratic election in 1994. Along with his work in journalism, Suarez travels throughout the U.S. and worldwide for public speaking engagements.



The Resistance Revival Chorus (RRC) is a collective of more than 60 womxn and non-binary protest singers who join together to breathe joy and song into the resistance, and to uplift and center womxn’s voices. Led by musical director Abena Coomson-Davis, the chorus members are touring musicians, film, and television actors, Broadway performers, solo recording artists, gospel singers, political activists, educators, filmmakers, artists, and more, representing a multitude of identities, professions, creative backgrounds, and activist causes.

The RRC was founded in the wake of the 2017 Women’s March. Their music centers around women in music and addresses how historically marginalized women have been in the music industry. They’ve backed Ke$ha at the GRAMMYS, performed on The Tonight Show with Jim James, sung Spanish lullabies to detained migrant children outside a New York holding facility, and been shouted-out on Twitter by hometown hero Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. More



Jazz Pianist

“To see and hear [Matthew] play is to know that divine talent exists,” writes Monifa Brown (WBGO Jazz 88.3 FM).

Matthew Whitaker is an American jazz pianist. Blind since birth, he has performed at venues including Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, and the Apollo Theater, where, at 10, he was the opening performer for Stevie Wonder’s induction into the Apollo Theater’s Hall of Fame. His television appearances include FOX TV’s Showtime at the Apollo, the Today Show documentary series “Boys Changing the World,” the Harry Connick Jr Show, and Ellen! Matthew is the youngest artist to be endorsed by Hammond (Organ)—in its 80+ year history. He is also the youngest musician to be named a Yamaha Artist, a stellar group of jazz pianists. More




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