Individuals For the American Method introduced that Markus Batchelor, deputy director of our Younger Elected Officers Community, will be part of the Freedom Experience for Voting Rights bus tour as a rider on the tour’s official “Blackest Bus in America” from Jackson, Mississippi, to Washington, D.C., June 19-26. Individuals For the American Method is a accomplice within the Freedom Experience occasion led by Black Voters Matter.
Markus will doc occasions on the bus and on the historic stops alongside the way in which. Observe his on-the-scene reporting right here.
The Freedom Experience for Voting Rights bus tour will revisit stops made well-known by the unique Freedom Riders of the Sixties, whose brave organizing led to passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. This yr’s occasion highlights the pressing want to guard voting rights by passing the For the Individuals Act, John Lewis Voting Rights Act, and laws to grant statehood to the District of Columbia. It comes as voting rights are below assault in state legislatures throughout the nation.
“I’m thrilled and honored to be becoming a member of the Freedom Experience for Voting Rights bus tour,” mentioned Batchelor. “We can be retracing the steps of civil rights champions who fought and died for our proper to vote, as a result of right now that proper is in danger. We’ll be stopping in cities the place a few of the most legendary occasions of the early civil rights motion happened, to ship a powerful message that the sacrifices of these early civil rights fighters can’t be in useless. I’m actually grateful to Black Voters Matter for organizing this tour and honored that Individuals For the American Method can be among the many official riders.”
“We face a voting rights emergency right now that’s worse than something we’ve seen for the reason that authentic freedom rides 60 years in the past,” mentioned Individuals for the American Method President Ben Jealous. “It’s crucial that Congress go the For the Individuals Act, John Lewis Voting Rights Act, and laws for D.C. statehood. The Freedom Experience for Voting Rights is a superb alternative to coach folks in regards to the authentic wrestle for voting rights and to make it clear that we are going to by no means settle for a brand new period of Jim Crow in our nation.”
Stops on the bus tour will function rallies with native leaders, appearances by authentic Sixties Freedom Riders, musical performances, and schooling on the voting rights panorama within the states.
The itinerary for the tour is as follows:
- Saturday 6/19 Jackson, MS and Birmingham, AL
- Sunday 6/20 Nashville, TN
- Monday 6/21 Atlanta, GA
- Tuesday 6/22 Columbia, SC
- Wednesday 6/23 Raleigh, NC
- Thursday 6/24 Charleston, WV
- Friday 6/25 Richmond, VA
- Saturday 6/26 Washington, D.C.
About Individuals For the American Method
Individuals For the American Method is a progressive advocacy group based to battle right-wing extremism and construct a democratic society that implements the beliefs of freedom, equality, alternative and justice for all. We encourage civic participation, defend elementary rights, and battle to dismantle systemic boundaries to equitable alternative. Study extra: http://www.pfaw.org