WASHINGTON— Join Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA), Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) and Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-DE) as they host the virtual voter outreach event, Your Vote Is Good and Necessary.
The event is dedicated to the memory of late civil rights leader Congressman John Lewis, who passed away from pancreatic cancer in July after spending a majority of his lifetime fighting on the front lines for civil rights.
It was Lewis who famously said, “Never, ever be afraid to make some noise and get in good trouble, necessary trouble.”
Rev. Gerald Durley of Atlanta will also serve as a special guest at the virtual event. Rev. Durley was a friend of Congressman Lewis and the pastor of the late civil rights leader Rev. C.T. Vivian, who passed away of natural causes on the same day as Rep. Lewis in July. Here’s what the Congresswomen have to say on the importance of voting in this election in particular: Congresswoman
Barbara Lee (D-CA): “Donald Trump is dangerous. He is incapable of taking responsibility. As long as he remains in office, he will continue to divide our country and inflict harm on our most vulnerable communities.”
Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX): “The only way and the quickest way we can deal with the pandemic, racial inequality and law enforcement is to vote. We must make our voices heard in November. Until we vote and elect people who understand what needs to be done, we’re wasting our energies. Be counted in the 2020 Census and vote! Vote! Vote!”
Congresswomen Lee, Johnson and Blunt Rochester also serve as senior advisors to Black Women for Biden-Harris. “We are honored to collaborate with Representatives Lee, Johnson and Blunt Rochester to honor Congressman John Lewis and contribute to an historic voter turnout on November 3,” said the National Co-Chairs of Black Women for Biden-Harris, Pat Duncan and Danyell Smith, in a joint statement.
The voter outreach event will outline ways everyday citizens can help combat voter suppression and alleviate voter fatigue at understaffed voting sites. “We are calling on Millennials and Gen Z voters to help us implement a new initiative we’ve created called the John Lewis Chairs & Water program.
On November 3, we want to make sure every polling place has the proper seating, hydration and sanitation supplies for voters in high-risk categories, such as senior citizens, pregnant women and disabled citizens,” said Black Women for Biden-Harris Co-founders and Senior Advisors, Dr. Stephanie Myers and Daun S. Hester in a joint statement.