In partnership with The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights’ campaign, And Still, I Vote, mom and entrepreneur Tina Knowles-Lawson shared an open letter to Congress. The letter is signed by Black celebrities and mothers of children who have been the faces of the Black Lives Matter movement.
Significance of the letter
This letter, addressed to the Senate Majority and Minority Leaders, is a call to action for the passing of the HEROES Act. In fact, this bill passed by the House of Representatives. To provide a $3 trillion safety net for those most impacted by COVID-19.
This is to urge officials to protect the voting rights of all registered voters. Especially the Black and Brown communities disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. Above all, this is for the provision of health care, economic security, justice system reform, housing, and voting access.
Christine Carter had the opportunity to interview a few of the women. The purpose was to understand how they feel the letter will catalyze actionable change from local, state, and federal government officials.
Opinions Black celebrities and mothers of the movement
Tina Knowles-Lawson says, she has been preaching, And I Still Vote campaign and its significance for years. She explains the importance of voting at all levels of society. Since elections determine the decision-makers in the communities, from local authorities to the highest level. Having a say in who runs your local government is so important to our communities.
Gwen Carr feels, despite all the restrictions like changing polling locations, restricting hours, broken machines, long lines, everyone must be encouraged and involved in the voting process. And that, we must get the message out that we must vote by any means necessary.
The recent murder of George Floyd has sparked an awaking in our country. Young people have always led movements for change in our country. Hence, it is encouraging to see so many young advocates at the frontlines calling out systemic racism.
Black women are the most powerful voting block in this country, and it is important that that power is not taken for granted, and that we are using our voice to leverage policy change at the local, state, and federal levels.
Most importantly, using our collective power and voice, we can demand the change we want to see in our communities. In other words, issues that impact our families the most like affordable healthcare, economic security, and equal access to education. Above all, an eligible voter should cast their ballot free from discrimination and undue obstacles.
The HEROES Act impacts the issues that affect us. Therefore, this funding would provide much-needed support for healthcare, economic security, justice system reform, and housing.