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ACLU to launch massive ‘Let People Vote’ campaign this weekend at Lied Center

Ruth Meier, from Silver Lake, Kan, votes at the Prairie Home Cemetery building, Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014, in Topeka, Kan. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Ruth Meier, from Silver Lake, Kan, votes at the Prairie Home Cemetery building, Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014, in Topeka, Kan. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

September 29, 2017

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People Power, the grassroots mobilization arm of the American Civil Liberties Union, will launch its new national campaign, Let People Vote, Sunday at the Lied Center.

A news release from the organization touts the event as "one of the biggest grassroots campaigns in the ACLU’s 97 year history," and says it is intended to mobilize citizens across the country to organize within their communities to protect and expand the right to vote.

The Lawrence event will be livestreamed to watch parties across the country, according to the news release, and will feature commentary from top ACLU experts and national leadership, including Faiz Shakir, national political director, and Dale Ho, director of the ACLU’s Voting Rights Project. It will also feature a panel discussion on President Trump’s controversial Presidential Commission on Election Integrity, as well as the unveiling of a national action plan to mobilize people to fight on behalf of the right to vote.

Doors will open at the Lied Center at 5 p.m. for a community celebration with free food and entertainment. The program will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Members of the public who wish to RSVP for the Let People Vote launch in Lawrence should RSVP at: https://go.peoplepower.org/event/voting_rights/9399

Comments

Cille King 2 months, 2 weeks ago

The League of Women Voters of Kansas is a participant in the Coalition to expand citizen participation.

Brett McCabe 2 months, 2 weeks ago

I'm glad to see the ACLU fighting the good fight.

The biggest challenges to our democracy and to our society are: Right to Vote, Gerrymandering, Income Inequality, Health Insurance and Big Money Politics. The litmus test for 2018 candidates are there stances on these five issues.

Make election day a national holiday. Make it easy to register and easy to vote. Remove elected officials from the redistricting process. Raise the min. wage and tax the rich. Health insurance for all. Reform campaign finance. Then, welcome to an America that actually loves Americans.

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