Today, on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we are heeding the call of MLK’s family: no celebration without legislation. That means the best way to honor his legacy is by taking action for voting rights.
Right now, essential voting rights legislation is pending in the United States Senate, and the entire Republican Party, with the help of two conservative Democrats, is blocking it. This isn’t new – Rev. Dr. King himself talked about this dynamic in his lifetime. His family has asked all of our help in making sure this quote is spread far and wide today, so please share it on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, or forward the link to this page to a few friends.
Dr. King is right: It is a tragedy, but it’s one that we can address if we unite. This weekend, activists nationwide have been hosting events encouraging Senators to fix or ditch the filibuster and ensure we pass this voting rights legislation. Some of those events are still ongoing – you can check here to see if there’s one near you.
Speaking of Senators Manchin and Sinema, the two Democrats holding this bill up… History has its eyes on them, and it is not going to reflect favorably on them if they don’t find the fortitude to do the right thing. Here’s how Martin Luther King III put it this week:
We’d expected a vote today on changing Senate filibuster rules to allow democracy reform to go forward, but because of a positive COVID test and a winter storm in DC, the debate won’t start until tomorrow, and the vote will happen later this week. That means we need to keep up the pressure over the next few days, and we’ll be reaching out with updates soon.
Onward for democracy!
No celebration without legislation. On January 17, join me to honor my father and the #MLKLegacy as we call on Congress and the White House to eliminate the Jim Crow filibuster and pass voting rights to protect millions of Black and Brown voters. #DeliverForVotingRights pic.twitter.com/JQ726iaRYi
— Martin Luther King III (@OfficialMLK3) December 15, 2021