The NAACP and W.K. Kellogg Racial Equity Anchor Collaborative have teamed together to hold a People’s Hearing and reception on Monday, May 13th in Birmingham, Alabama. At the hearing, Birmingham-area residents will publicly share their personal experiences facing voting rights infringements and barriers at the polls in light of the 2013 Shelby County V. Holder Supreme Court decision. Since that decision, which weakened protections for voters in Alabama and across the country, states have reinstated restrictive voting laws that disproportionately impact historically disenfranchised voters and communities of color – including a restrictive photo ID law in Alabama.
As we approach the 2020 presidential election – when protecting voting rights in Alabama will be more crucial than ever – and as Congresswoman Marcia Fudge holds listening sessions across the country to hear from voters on the state of our electoral process, NAACP and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation is kicking off a series of People’s Hearings across the country to shed light on unfair and discriminatory voting practices. These hearings will give voters a chance to publicly testify about any obstacles to voting they’ve experienced since the Shelby County V. Holder decision. Monday’s hearing will be the first to take place in Alabama, where voters have historically faced significant roadblocks to voting – a fact that was underscored in Shelby County V. Holder.
WHAT: People’s Hearing for Birmingham-area residents to publicly testify about voting rights infringements they’ve encountered since the Shelby County V. Holder decision
WHEN: Monday, May 13th 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
WHO: NAACP, W.K. Kellogg Racial Equity Anchor Collaborative
WHERE: Birmingham Urban League 1229 3rd Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203