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"Join us for the All City Luncheon"

The All City Luncheon on Wednesday, April 19th is almost here; do you have your ticket? Have you asked friends to come with you?

Tickets are on sale here! We don't want you to be sorry you missed it! And... is it going to be good? YES! We are going to have a most interesting speaker, Ari Berman, a nationally recognized commentator and author! Mr. Berman's Give US the Ballot is a history of the Voting Rights Act which, as we have previously reported, the Supreme Court gutted in Shelby vs. Holder.

Voting rights could not be more pertinent as we are experiencing a rise in voter suppression in many parts of the country. Last fall in North Carolina, the NAACP sued the State over voter registration purges. The Courts said the discrimination by the Republican Legislature was egregious and disallowed the legislation. In 2016, a Texas voter ID law was judged by the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals to be discriminatory. Final adjudication of the bill was intentionally delayed until after the Trump Administration took office. As anticipated, after the new administration took office, they chose to support Texas official's claim that the law did not specifically target minority voters, a position that was strongly refuted by voting rights groups.

To have our democracy work well, the League believes that it is critically essential that all eligible voters vote! We are dedicated to "ensuring that all eligible voters, particularly those from traditionally underrepresented or underserved communities, including first-time voters, non+college youth, new citizens, minorities, the elderly and low-income Americans have the opportunity and the information to exercise their right to vote."

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