*Update* Today is the day, Martin Luther King Jr Day. Crowds have already formed in many states and the surviving family of Dr. King Jr have led a march across the Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge into downtown DC, headed for the Capitol.
Tune in at noon eastern for a live-stream from the event with speakers from the King family, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and civil rights leaders from all over the country. And, whether you’ve called before or not – stop what you’re doing right now and call again to demand President Biden and Congress end the filibuster and deliver on voting rights.
After decades of struggle, and an entire year of delay and broken promises, Democrats in the US Senate are on the verge of — finally — fixing the filibuster and passing essential voting rights protections. But the deed is not yet done, and victory is not yet assured.
Now is the moment, whether you’ve called 100 times already or never spoken to your Senator’s office about voting rights: I’m asking you; Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s surviving family is asking you; advocates, activists and civil rights leaders of all stripes are asking you:
Call now and demand President Biden and Congress end the filibuster and deliver on voting rights, now. Our right to vote can’t wait.
If your Senator is a Democrat, they are on the verge of voting for filibuster reform and voting rights.
Call them at
If your Senator is a Republican, call the White House instead – President Biden’s pressure has been essential this week, and it’s vital that we keep up the pressure until the filibuster is abolished and voting rights are passed. You can call the White House at 833-345-2554.
Here’s why this moment is special.
This year for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the family of Dr King have called on us to focus on action. No Celebration, without legislation, is the rallying cry.
Martin Luther King III, Arndrea Waters King, and Yolanda Renee King, along with faith leaders, civil rights leaders, and voting rights advocates, are leading a march in DC to demand voting rights legislation on Monday. And they are earnestly asking every American of conscience to join them in calling on the Senate to protect our right to vote by passing the Freedom to Vote Act, and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act.
For an entire year, Congress has promised to take action on these two bills, only to be blocked again and again by the Jim Crow Filibuster in the Senate. On Tuesday, President Biden went to Georgia and gave a strong speech on voting rights in which he correctly equated opponents of filibuster reform with segregationists and leaders of the Confederacy. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell reacted yesterday with sputtering outrage straight out of Strom Thurmond’s playbook. He called Biden’s speech “incoherent,” and ”profoundly — profoundly — unpresidential.”
But Biden isn’t wrong. From the Civil War to the Jim Crow era, the filibuster has blocked popular bills to stop lynching, end poll taxes, and fight workplace discrimination. Now it’s being used to block voting rights, again. As Martin Luther King III has said: “The weaponization of the filibuster is racism cloaked in procedure and it must go.”
That’s why this week we’re joining the King family and a host of progressive groups to say No celebration without legislation. The Senate has a plan to force debate and a vote on the two voting rights reform bills this week. But it will all come down to a vote on or before MLK day on Monday January 17 on whether to reform the filibuster. Only Democratic votes are needed, but it’s essential that every American make their voice heard, right now. Use the numbers above to call your Senator (both of them!) and the White House right now, before MLK day, and tell them: It’s time to end the filibuster and deliver on voting rights.