William Barber II & Liz Theoharis

Reverend William Barber II and Reverend Liz Theoharis are co-chairs of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival. 

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Voting Rights Aren’t a ‘Power Grab,’ They’re Critical to a Functioning Democracy

This isn’t about partisanship: it’s about systemic racism. 

Last week on the floor of the U.S. Senate, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called Democratic efforts to make it easier to vote a “ power grab .” He took particular offense to the suggestion that Election Day should be a national holiday to allow more people to go to the polls. If the United States can have holidays for dead presidents, why can’t Americans have a holiday so living voters can vote for president? But, of course, this isn’t about a holiday, it’s about who McConnell thinks should be able to vote. The irony of it all is that by suppressing the votes of people of color, politicians like McConnell are hurting the poor white folks they supposedly care about the most. For decades, politicians have worked to make it harder for everyday people to vote because their power depends on fewer people voting, not more people voting. This isn’t about partisanship: it’s about systemic racism. At a time when voter suppression against African...