Continue to work for the Freedom to Vote
Despite efforts, the Act failed to pass the upper chambers. We must continue to act to protect voting access and work toward finally passing voting rights legislation. As Network Advocates for Justice, Inspired by Catholic Sisters writes, "It is every citizen's right and responsibility to participate in the political process."
The Sacred Right to Vote
FSPA, standing with the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, sent the following message to Wisconsin Senators Tammy Baldwin and Ron Johnson.
The right to vote is the most powerful instrument ever devised by human beings for breaking down injustice and destroying the terrible walls which imprison people because they are different from others.
-- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
United in the struggle to end all forms of systemic injustice, we the members of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious and the National Black Sisters' Conference, issue this joint statement calling for the protection of voting rights for all Americans. As women of faith and faithful Americans, we are committed to protecting the God-given dignity and rights of all people.
On this national holiday honoring the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., we underscore Dr. King’s premise that all people have the right to dignity and the duty to participate fully in our democracy, no matter their race, background, or zip code. Most precious among these rights and duties is the sacred right to vote. Today, that right is threatened by those who seek to make voting more difficult and elected officials less accountable. The Freedom to Vote: John R. Lewis Act will ensure that voters can safely and freely cast their ballots, protect against election sabotage, stop partisan gerrymandering, and limit the influence of dark money in politics.
Many Americans have non-violently fought for and some sacrificed their lives to secure the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The promissory note that Dr. King spoke about in his “I Have a Dream” speech has yet to be fully redeemed. As Catholic sisters committed to serving the common good and building a more perfect union, we call on the Senate to do everything within its power to strengthen our democracy and protect every person’s sacred right to vote. Pass the Freedom to Vote: John R. Lewis Act.