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For the People Act (S. 1) Gets a Boost from Lawmakers, Activists

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For the People Act (S. 1) Gets a Boost from Lawmakers, Activists

People For the American Way was proud to play an instrumental role in turning out hundreds of activists to rally in support of S.1, the For the People Act, on June 9. The event also marked the delivery to the Senate of a petition in favor of the Act with 330,000 signatures – represented by a 50-foot scroll. People For the American Way President Ben Jealous spoke along with a dozen lawmakers including Sens. Jeff Merkley, Amy Klobuchar, Raphael Warnock, Elizabeth Warren, and Sheldon Whitehouse, and in addition to leaders of national civil rights and pro-democracy organizations. Young Elected Officials network member DC Councilmember Robert White and African American Ministers In Action member Reverend George Gilbert also spoke. Rio Tazewell, Director of Strategy at People For, served as one of the event emcees and was the principal organizer in putting together the event.

The For the People Act is sweeping legislation that would protect voting rights, curb the influence of big money in politics, and fight political corruption. A vote on the legislation is expected this month.

“We are here today to demand that America holds up to the rhetoric of her words that says she is the land of the free, home of the brave.” – African American Ministers In Action member Reverend George Gilbert

You can watch the full event here:

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