Turn Up Tuesdays to Confront Barriers to the Ballot Ahead of Primaries in Alabama and Louisiana

Kiren Marshall, The Leadership Conference, [email protected]
Phoebe Plagens, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. 212.965.2235, [email protected]

WASHINGTON –  The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and All Voting is Local, with its joint And Still I Votecampaign, along with the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc, will hold a Facebook Live event on Tuesday, July 7, at 5:30 p.m. ET to mobilize voters in Alabama and Louisiana, and to urge the Senate to pass the HEROES Act to ensure officials across the country have the vital resources for fair, safe, and accessible elections in 2020, especially voters of color. This event is part of Turn Up Tuesdays, a weekly national call to action to ensure people are informed and activated to vote in November.

Turn Up Tuesdays is dedicated to ensuring that upcoming elections do not encounter the disarray that voters experienced in the Wisconsin and Georgia primary elections. This week will highlight how democracy works best when everyone can fully participate. The activities will urge Congress to allocate $3.6 billion to states to expand early voting and establish no-excuse mail voting and other vital protections.

Tuesday, July 7
5:30 p.m. EST

Turn Up Tuesday Facebook Live Event – The Leadership Conference, All Voting is Local, and the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund will speak with guests about the issues facing voters in Alabama and Louisiana, including how COVID-19 impacts elections, barriers that voters in these states face, and what can be done to remove them before November.

Vanessa Gonzalez, executive vice president of field and membership, The Leadership Conference, moderator

Ashley Shelton, executive director, Power Coalition for Equity and Justice    
Janea Jamison, program manager, Power Coalition for Equity and Justice  
Jessica Fortune Barker, co-founder, Lift our Vote Campaign and Vision Movement 2020
Liliana Zaragoza, assistant counsel, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights is a coalition charged by its diverse membership of more than 220 national organizations to promote and protect the rights of all persons in the United States. The Leadership Conference works toward an America as good as its ideals. For more information on The Leadership Conference and its member organizations, visit www.civilrights.org.

All Voting is Local fights to eliminate needless and discriminatory barriers to voting before they happen, to build a democracy that works for us all. It is a collaborative campaign housed at The Leadership Conference Education Fund, in conjunction with the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation; the American Constitution Society; the Campaign Legal Center; and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. For more information about All Voting is Local, visit https://allvotingislocal.org and follow us on Twitter @votingislocal.

Founded in 1940, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) is the nation’s first civil and human rights law organization and has been completely separate from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) since 1957—although LDF was originally founded by the NAACP and shares its commitment to equal rights. LDF’s Thurgood Marshall Institute is a multi-disciplinary and collaborative hub within LDF that launches targeted campaigns and undertakes innovative research to shape the civil rights narrative. In media attributions, please refer to us as the NAACP Legal Defense Fund or LDF.