At a time when state legislatures across the country are attempting to suppress voting rights, Nevada is working hard to strengthen our democracy and ensure that voting is more accessible and secure. A HUGE shoutout goes to the Let Nevadans Vote coalition (many of whom on the team are NALpistas!), which championed SIX priority bills relating to civic education in participating high schools, election reform, and expanding access to the ballot box for all eligible Nevadans. All six bills passed the Nevada Assembly and Senate and were signed into law by Governor Steve Sisolak! Let’s hear it for the Let Nevadans Vote coalition and Nevada!
Today, the Justice Department announced that it’s suing the state of Georgia over its new voting laws, alleging that they were “enacted with the purpose of denying or abridging the right of Black Georgians to vote.” These laws—which limit the use of ballot drop boxes, ban giving food or water to voters in line, and impose new voter ID requirements—have nothing to do with voter fraud and everything to do with disenfranchising Black voters. We stand with and support the New American and BIPOC elected officials in Georgia—and all across the country—who are combatting voter suppression at every turn and working hard to create a democracy where everyone can participate and thrive.
We know that our country and our democracy are stronger when everyone is included. That’s why we need the Senate to bring back the For the People Act and work together to protect our democracy.
The For the People Act is a comprehensive piece of legislation that will transform the very foundation of our democracy. If passed, it would protect our freedom to vote, end partisan gerrymandering, and curtail the dominance of big money in politics.
To show the Senate that we want a government that’s of, for, and by ALL people, we will join thousands of other organizers and community members in the Deadline for Democracy, a mass mobilization across the country from June 28th – July 10th! Find an event near you and ask your Senator to stand #ForthePeople!
“As an LGBTQ+ immigrant who grew up on public assistance, I’m proud to be State Representative for a district that’s over 50% immigrants and over 85% minorities. Our diversity is our strength, and, to that end, I’m constantly trying to feature the stories of our people.”
This was shared by the one and only Marvin Lim, a Georgia State Representative and one of our alums, as part of his takeover of our Instagram account yesterday! If you missed it, be sure to take a look here to see what a day in the life of a busy elected official looks like. Also, stay tuned for our next Instagram takeover during Immigrant Heritage Month and Pride Month on Tuesday by Tempe Union High School Board President and NAL alum Brian Garcia!
Exciting news! Our Board Chair, Parag Mehta, and his husband, Vaibhav Jain, have been nominated by author, actor, and advocate Maulik Pancholy as LGBTQ+ changemakers who are making LGBTQ+ history right here, right now.
Their story, which has been featured in news outlets and seen by tens of millions around the world, has inspired many through the message that love is love. Their leadership in the U.S. and India brings us one step closer to equality and a more inclusive, loving world. We are so proud to have them as leaders in the NAL family!
ICYMI: We recently launched a special edition of our Ready to Lead t-shirt. Purchase yours today to support our community and movement!