For Immediate Release
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(Washington, D.C., July 17, 2017)—This week the American Humanist Association (AHA), along with its chapters and affiliates, launched its No Voter Left Behind initiative, encouraging action from over 200 local chapters and AHA-affiliated groups in support of the Voting Rights Amendment Act of 2017.
H.R. 3239, the Voting Rights Amendment Act, was recently reintroduced in Congress by Representatives John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI) and Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI), initiating a massive grassroots operation by the AHA. The AHA will coordinate with and assist local chapters and affiliates who wish to submit op-eds and letters to the editor in their communities detailing the importance of bolstering voting rights around the nation. This effort comes as a result of the AHA’s board of directors adopting a voting rights resolution which can be found here.
“Democracy is foundational to both America and humanism, and it’s cornerstone in voting rights is threatened today in ways not seen in decades,” said Roy Speckhardt, executive director at the American Humanist Association. “We are thrilled that local humanist groups nationwide are ready to make this issue a priority and look forward to coordinating with them so this project can have a significant impact.”
In the coming weeks, the AHA will release a coalition letter on voting rights in support of the VRAA which will be sent to members of Congress.
Founded in 1941 and headquartered in Washington, D.C., the American Humanist Association (AHA) works to protect the rights of humanists, atheists, and other nontheistic Americans. The AHA advances the ethical and life-affirming philosophy of humanism, which—without beliefs in any gods or other supernatural forces—encourages individuals to live informed and meaningful lives that aspire to the greater good of humanity.