PHOENIX (3TV / CBS 5) – Civil rights leaders say they want to protect your voting rights. They have organized events in several states, including Arizona, and they are calling on Congress to pass voting rights law. Leaders say they want lawmakers to stop bills restricting voting access.
“This event aims to commemorate the 58th birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King I Have a Dream Speech, but also to remember the legacy of people like my grandfather, people like Warren Stewart Senior and Lydia Guzman who are fighting for make Dr King’s birthday a public holiday in Arizona, ”said Alejandro Chavez, grandson of Caesar Chavez.
He organized the March for voting rights event for Arizona on Saturday morning. Hundreds of people gathered at Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church, where they watched live broadcasts of the marches across the country. No one marched in Phoenix because it was too hot, but some attendees brought signs to show their support.
“Remind people that our voting rights are under attack like they never have been before, and we need to stand up and defend our right to vote,” Chavez said. “These are things that affect blacks, browns, the poor, the able-bodied, the elderly, students, so everyone needs to come together to make sure we stand up for our rights.”
Liz Shuler also attended the event. She is the first female president of the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industry Organizations. “The trade union movement sees rights at work and voting rights as one,” she said. “We are basically here to stand in solidarity with the community, with the workers, coming together to make sure our voices are heard at the polls and that the vote is accessible and available to everyone.”
For people trying to distance themselves socially and stay away from the crowds, it was possible to participate by watching online. Those who wish to get involved in the movement can send a PLEDGE SMS to 89799.
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