Voting Rights ~ A Reflection from Cecilia Rawlins

On July 28, I had the opportunity to attend a voting rights organizing meeting with a group of congregants.  We came together at UUCA to learn more about voting rights laws in NC.  It was led by 2 representatives of Democracy NC.  The highlight of the evening was the viewing of a video from the Forward Together movement.  While the video was a bit dated (Editor’s Note: It’s three years old, and a lot has happened in three years!), it gave viewers a good and informative  historical perspective on voting rights in NC. Anyone on the fence about the significance of voting rights in NC, need only watch this video.   We discussed how we can become more involved locally and how we can join other groups dedicated to help ALL have voting rights!  An upcoming meeting of  the Voter Engagement Coalition on August 3 will be attended by myself and three other members present at the meeting.    This group, and any other interested UUCA  congregants will meet again on September 22  at 6:30 in Sandburg Hall for action item updates and a voter registration training.  I am looking forward to working with this group and doing my part to help Buncombe County residents exercise  their voting rights.

Here’s the video:

Forward Together, Not One Step Back from Democracy NC on Vimeo.

Presented by Democracy North Carolina in partnership with the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University

North Carolina’s history around the struggle for the right to vote – and the backlash against it – offers rich insights and some that may surprise you. This short film is instructive and inspiring – reminding us to speak out and remain vigilant to stop legislation that threatens our democracy.

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