“Bullies and merchants of fear and peddlers of lies are threatening the very foundation of our country,” President Biden said in an impassioned defense of voting rights at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia on July 13. “We are facing the most significant test of our democracy since the Civil War. That’s not hyperbole. Since the Civil War. The Confederates back then never breached the Capitol as insurrectionists did on January the 6th.” Biden urged the Senate to pass the For the People Act (S. 1) before the August recess.
Fifty years ago, young activists—including members of Student NEA (now NEA’s Aspiring Educators)—launched Project 18, the national campaign to lower the voting age from 21 to 18 that culminated in passage of the 26th amendment to the Constitution. Once again, educators are part of a national movement to ensure access to the ballot box—this time, by passing the For the People Act, the most comprehensive democracy reform bill in decades.
Voting rights activist Stacey Abrams addressed delegates to NEA’s Representative Assembly virtually on July 2. “This summer, we need every single member of the NEA, every educator who believes that the right to vote should be sacred, we need you to stay on top of this. Reaching out to all of your legislators, especially your U.S. senators, and it doesn’t matter whether you voted for them or not. They work for you now,” she said.
Email your senators and tell them to support S. 1 to strengthen our democracy and end voter suppression.