50 YEARS AFTER THE VOTING RIGHTS ACT: A NATIONAL AND LOCAL PERSPECTIVE
Fifty years ago, the Voting Rights Act was passed to ensure equal access to the ballot box for all Americans. In 2013, the Supreme Court’s decision in Shelby County v. Holder gutted Section 5 of the Act, which had previously required certain jurisdictions with a history of discrimination to seek pre-approval for changes to election practices before they could be put into effect. Since then, far too many citizens have lost the VRA's protections.
Come hear nationally renowned panelists discuss the current state of the Voting Rights Act, ongoing litigation and new challenges to the Act in the wake of Shelby County, as well as the effect of positive advocacy efforts occurring at the state level.
Pam Wilmot - Executive Director, Common Cause Massachusetts
Rahsaan Hall - Director, Racial Justice Program, American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts
Justin Levitt - Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Civil Rights Division, Department of Justice
When: Tuesday, October 20, 2015, 4:30-6:00 p.m.
Where: U.S. Attorney’s Office, Jury Assembly Room, 1 Courthouse Way, Boston
Co-Sponsored by: Anti-Defamation League, Boston Bar Association, U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of Massachusetts
Tags: Voting Rights