In January, Stand Up America announced a new grassroots campaign to pressure lawmakers at the state and federal level to prioritize building our democracy back better during the first 100 days of President Joe Biden’s term. Since then, Stand Up America has mobilized our community members to oppose the GOP’s assaults on voting, expand access to the ballot, and pass bold legislation in Congress that would protect the freedom to vote, like the For the People Act (S. 1).
Our votes should count equally in every single election, no matter our zip code or the party that happens to be controlling the legislature in our state—but today we’re reminded that the rules of redistricting are still rigged in far too many states to empower some voters and silence others.
Today, the House of Representatives moved closer to ensuring that those living within the District have autonomy over the laws that govern them and full representation in the halls of Congress. We applaud Representative Eleanor Holmes Norton and the House Democrats who voted for this bill today, and the activists and organizers who made this historic vote possible.