Philanthropy Southeast Calls for Passage of John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act


This week, Philanthropy Southeast joined with dozens of other philanthropic and charitable organizations to urge the U.S. Senate to pass the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, legislation that would help protect the right to vote and strengthen the country’s democracy.

With the endorsement of a rapid-response group of members, Philanthropy Southeast signed on to a letter from the United Philanthropy Forum calling for the Senate to approve the bill, which has already been passed by the House of Representatives.

“A strong democracy thrives when all can participate in this sacred act, unencumbered. And while participation in voting has increased, we have also seen systemic inequities in electoral processes and in laws passed making it more difficult for some Americans, specifically voters of color, to vote,” the letter reads. “All of us working in the charitable sector know that the well-being of all Americans, and all communities, is inextricably linked to their ability to exercise their right to vote.”

The bill is named after Rep. John Lewis, who represented the Atlanta area in Congress for over 30 years and was a tireless advocate for voting rights throughout his life.

Philanthropy Southeast’s support for the legislation stems from its Advocacy Agenda adopted by the Board of Trustees in 2021. It expresses the organization’s support for efforts to strengthen democracy and protect voting rights as a necessary step in promoting equity in the region.

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