Liberal activists are planning a nationwide demonstration to help Democrats push through their election overhaul legislation, add the District of Columbia as a state, and kill the filibuster.
They are looking to build momentum for Democrats’ agenda ahead of the 2022 midterm elections without former President Donald Trump on the ballot to run against.
Nearly 200 partner groups working with the Transformative Justice Coalition are planning “votercades” to spring up next week from coast-to-coast as part of the “National John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Action Day” activism.
“Is it a march or a parade? NO! It’s a Votercade!” read a pamphlet distributed to organizers. “A Votercade is a presidential-style motorcade of voters that is usually escorted by law enforcement, with heavy media presence to raise awareness on the urgent need to protect our voting rights and democracy. It is important that the nation, president, Congress, and statehouses hear our voices, which is why we are getting into good trouble by hosting 100 COVID-19 safe Votercades in 100 different cities on May 8th as part of our National John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Action Day.”
A handbook for organizers said that the routes they travel should be three miles long, selected in “a community of color or at [a] site with significance for people of color,” and vehicle horns should be blaring alongside chants for Democrats’ election overhaul legislation.
In addition to the votorcades, the demonstrators plan to develop “Celebration Villages” and a curriculum to instruct marchers on the issues that they care about. The liberal advocacy push favors federal Democrats’ election overhaul legislation, called the For the People Act, adding D.C. as a state to improve voting rights and racial justice, and killing the filibuster, which the coalition labeled one of the last vestiges of slavery.
Democrats have put their election overhaul plans front-and-center as the midterms approach. Liberal groups, including those organizing with the Transformative Justice Coalition, have identified the filibuster as a lingering obstacle to their agenda that could be undone if the next election goes their way.
Without Mr. Trump on the ballot, the liberal activists have trained their ire on Republicans nationwide who have looked to impose stricter voting rules.
Republicans across the country, however, are campaigning on election integrity, or restoring confidence in the electoral system that lost the faith of many GOP voters after the 2020 election.
Opponents say liberals plan to federalize elections and the filibuster is the only barrier between Democrats and total control in Washington.
Several conservative groups are pushing back against the liberal activists, including Heritage Action for America, which has mounted its first-ever state advocacy campaign to assist Republican governors and state legislators attempting to tighten election laws. The campaign launched with an initial expenditure of $10 million on ads, field staff, rallies and organizing across several states, said Heritage Action spokesman Noah Weinrich.
Heritage Action’s initial focus zeroed in on eight states, including Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, Texas, and Wisconsin. Following the reapportionment of House seats directed by the Census Bureau last week, Republicans are expanding their focus for 2022.
The National Republican Congressional Committee said Tuesday that it was training its sights on 10 Democratic candidates in the 2022 elections from states set to lose seats in the House, including four New York lawmakers, three from California, and one each from Illinois, Michigan and Pennsylvania.
“Republicans are on offense all across the country,” said Tom Emmer, NRCC chair, in a statement. “Every House Democrat is facing an uphill battle having to defend their toxic socialist agenda that prioritizes trillion-dollar tax hikes on the middle class, opens our borders, closes our schools and defunds the police.”
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