We are thrilled to announce Lift Up Your Voice and Vote, an online public forum in partnership with The Riverside Church of New York, featuring Hon.Stacey Abrams, Founder, Fair Fight and Fair CountKristen Clarke, President and Executive Director, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights/Election ProtectionU.S. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY 8th District); Maria Teresa Kumar, President and CEO, Voto Latino; and Ray Suarez, Broadcast Journalist and Lecturer. With special music performances by Abena Coomson-Davis and the Resistance Revival Chorus, and jazz pianist Matthew Whitaker.

Watch on the YouTube page of The Riverside Church of New York on Sunday, June 14th, at 3 or 7 PM EST.

Why are certain citizens denied the right to vote? And why do others choose not to vote? And what can we do to insure safe access to voting during the pandemic season? The forum will examine how voter suppression threatens our ability to freely elect our leaders and our constitutional right to vote. Hon. Stacey Abrams and U.S. Rep. Jeffries will share their unique perspectives on the promise of the Voting Rights Act and the subsequent national and state rulings that have given rise to voter suppression. A provocative panel discussion with Kristen Clarke and Maria Teresa Kumar moderated by Ray Suarez will explore the resulting impact on access to voting, particularly in communities of color, and the issue of voting safety in the age of COVID-19.

Join us to learn how you can take action to engage voters and ensure free, fair, and safe elections. You’re in for a treat with the uplifting musical performances of Abena Koomson-Davis and the Resistance Revival Chorus and pianist Matthew Whitaker!

“We need reform of federal laws that would make it easier to hold officers accountable when they harm the public. We also know voting is one of the most powerful forms of protest.”

—Kristen Clarke, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law