Indivisible Ulster along with more than 20 other nonpartisan groups from across Ulster County will be part of a national day of voter rights activism on Saturday, May 8, in midtown Kingston at 10 Cedar Street from 2 to 4 p.m.
The National John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Day of Action is being coordinated nationally by the Transformative Justice Coalition, an organization founded by voting rights champion Barbara Arnwine and led by Board Chair Daryl Jones. The day of action will be held simultaneously in more than 100 cities.
The Kingston event will include a rally with community leaders, civil rights activists and elected officials, a ‘votercade’ of walkers, bikes and cars, and a Festival of Activism with performances by Simi Stone, New Pro Baptist Church Choir, P.O.O.K, teach-ins, voter engagement and more.
A local coalition of civil rights leaders, faith-based groups, civic organizations and activists are urging people to show up on May 8 in Kingston to make their voices heard, calling for the immediate passage of the For the People Act, the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act and the Washington DC Admissions Act.
“In crossing the Edmund Pettus Bridge in 1965, John Lewis risked his life to gain and protect the right to vote for every American,” said Daryl Jones, Board Chairman of the Transformative Justice Coalition. “On May 8, we continue to honor his legacy by crossing every Edmund Pettus Bridge in America that separates American voters from their right to cast a meaningful ballot.”