A joint coalition of Georgia voting rights groups has announced that they would not be attending the expected visit of President Joe Biden to Atlanta. They have further urged for concrete action to be taken instead of what they consider to be a minor photo op.
Cliff Albright, the co-founder of Black Voters Matter, along with a few representatives of several voting groups throughout the state have urged the President as well as Vice President Kamala Harris to stay back in Washington if they don’t have any clear blueprint to advance the legislation of voting rights. Some of the groups have also urged Biden to simply skip his trip to Atlanta, which include the Asian American Advocacy Fund, and the New Georgia Project Action Fund.
Georgia Voting Rights Groups Need Action, Not Words
The Georgia voting rights groups have made their stand pretty clear- they don’t need even more photo ops. Rather, what they seek is action, and that action is in the form of the John Lewis Voting Rights Amendment Act, as well as the Freedom to Vote Act- something that is needed immediately.
Several of the Georgia voting rights leaders have been scheduled to attend the speeches of Biden and Harris in Atlanta on Tuesday, which also includes the Reverend Jesse Jackson and the Reverend Al Sharpton. Marc Morial, who serves as the President of the National Urban League, Derrick Johnson, who has been the head of the NAACP, Melanie Campbell, the chief executive of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation, and several other civil rights and leaders of voting rights would be attending the event.
The Georgia votings rights groups have constantly mentioned that while the President has given quite a lot of speeches on voting rights ever since he took the office, the Democrats in the Senate still do not have any clear path towards securing a new measure for federal voting.