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National Summit "Protecting America's Vote: Our March to the Ballot Box"

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Little Rock African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church

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Join us April 5th - 6th, 2020 at the National Protecting America's Vote Summit to strategize about best tactics to defeat voter suppression!

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Dear Allies In Democracy,

Our democracy is under attack. In preparing for the 2020 elections, Anti-Democracy Forces have declared War on our Democracy and the precious liberty of the right to vote. Millions of voters are at risk of not being able to cast a ballot and have that ballot counted.

Every day, the news brings more stories of nefarious actions being taken by states, by outside special interest groups, and by foreign entities to confuse, isolate, and disenfranchise the votes and voices of American citizens. We know that voter suppression efforts have been numerous: purges of millions of voter registrations in the states; imposition of onerous voter ID laws; cuts to early voting; elimination of Souls to the Polls Sundays; exact signature match requirements; unprocessed voter registrations; crackdowns on voter registration groups; and, reduction of polling sites. We know that Russian trolls have put out incorrect information about candidates, about voting sites and dates, and that they will continue to be active during the 2020 election season. Gerrymandering has reduced the impact of voices of people of color and other disenfranchised groups. The list of ways that the vote has been suppressed goes on and on. See Barbara Arnwine’s 61 Forms of Voter Suppression at VotingRightsAlliance.org.

Many courageous leaders and organizations around the country are responding to these threats. We are writing to invite you to a seminal, non-partisan National “Protecting America's Vote and Elections" Summit, to be held on Sunday, April 5th from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM and Monday, April 6, 2020 from 8:00 AM to 7:30 PM. Meetings on both days will be held at Little Rock AME Zion Church, located at 401 N. McDowell Street, Charlotte, North Carolina 28204. Please note that hotel block information will be sent once you have registered via Eventbrite.

Join us at the Summit, where we will strategize about best tactics to defeat voter suppression and share tools to protect our sacred voting rights. Through presentations by a diverse cadre of nationally known speakers and substantive work shops, the Summit will provide the information, the tools, and the organizational skills and resources to protect our votes this fall and in the future. We will also discuss ways to increase voter registration; conduct effective voter contact; voter mobilization; and, voter protection. The Summit is being sponsored by the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, the Transformative Justice Coalition (TJC), the National Election Defense Coalition, the Voting Rights Alliance, the Center For Social Justice & Reconciliation, and many more civic engagement organizations. The Summit will kick off with a reception honoring Reverend Jesse Jackson Sr. on Sunday evening.

We need your help and your collaboration to make sure these efforts to protect our democracy can reach every corner of our country. This year is a decisive year for all of us.

*For more information, please contact Jennifer Roberts at jenniferdwroberts@gmail.com, or Barbara Arnwine, President and Founder, Transformative Justice Coalition at 202-359-9864. We look forward to seeing you April 5th – 6th, 2020 in Charlotte, NC.

Sincerely,

Reverend Jesse Jackson Sr., Rainbow PUSH Coalition

Barbara Arnwine, Transformative Justice Coalition

Mayor Jennifer Roberts, Charlotte, N.C.

Rev. Dr. T. Anthony Spearman, MD, E.D., NC NAACP

Rev. Dr. Rodney Sadler, Director, Center For Social Justice & Reconciliation

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