Henderson to Congress: Protecting our democracy has never been more important

Contact: Kiren Marshall, [email protected]

WASHINGTON Wade Henderson, interim president and CEO of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, bear witness today before the House Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties on pervasive racial discrimination at the ballot box.

“We are now on the edge of a precipice. Too many people in positions of power across the country are trying to drag us back to a world reminiscent of Jim Crow – a world of exclusion, control and violent inequality. This assault on democracy has only escalated since the 2020 elections, with increasingly dangerous new tactics that continue to undermine free and fair representation,” Henderson said in his testimony.

“The question now is: how should Congress meet this moment? And the unequivocal answer is that Congress must rise to this challenge and do everything in its power to get to the debate and pass the John R. Lewis Free Suffrage Act by any means necessary. Let’s be clear: we have come close to dealing with the contradiction between what we say we are as a democratic republic and what we really are. At this perilous moment, Congress must do its duty and act quickly to deliver on the promise of our democracy for all.

Read his full written testimonial here.

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights is a coalition charged by its diverse membership of more than 230 national organizations to promote and protect the rights of all people in the United States. The Leadership Conference works for an America that lives up to its ideals. For more information about the Leadership Conference and its member organizations, visit www.civilrights.org.


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