President Joe Biden’s speech in Atlanta is scheduled for next week. But certain voting rights organizations are suggesting that the President and Vice President must stay in Washington, D.C., for now.
Cancelling Biden’s Atlanta Speech
The President had announced his Atlanta visit along with Vice President Kamala Harris. The visit is supposed to happen on Tuesday, January 11 and Biden is going to address the concerns related to voting rights legislation.
But co-founder of Black Voters Matter, Cliff Albright, and many other groups voicing for voting rights request the President and VP to stay back in Washington D.C. If they aren’t having a solid and effective plan that can make positive changes to voting rights legislation, the Georgia group will not attend.
On Monday, Albright stated to the reporter, “We don’t need even more photo ops. We need action, and that action is in the form of the John Lewis Voting Rights (Advancement) Act as well as the Freedom to Vote Act, and we need that immediately.”
After former President Donald Trump didn’t win in the historic 2020 election, highly restrictive voting laws that were imposed continued to exist in numerous Republican-led states including Georgia. Interestingly, since 1992, President Biden was the first Democrat who came out victorious.
Other groups who joined the forces to stop Biden’s Atlanta tour are the GALEO Impact Fund Inc., New Georgia Project Action Fund, and even Asian American Advocacy.
Biden’s Plan for the Atlanta Trip
The main motive behind making this travel arrangement was to show support for the voting rights legislation. Democrats are taking necessary steps related to the two measures that can impact the Senate filibuster rules if they are willing to pass.
Albright clearly said that a clear call needs to be taken for modifying the filibuster rules. Speeches will not help at all.
Earlier, Biden promised to work on changing the rules, however, the parameters of change weren’t clarified at all. Sources close to Biden claimed that the president was supposed to highlight and talk more about those changes in Tuesday’s speech.
The groups are actively working on making positive changes to the unjust voting rights and also had planned a fitting response to the President’s Tuesday speech.
While marking the first anniversary of the U.S. Capitol Building attack, the president and Vice President were heard addressing this issue. Thursday’s speech highlighted the importance of protecting voting rights.
“Right now, in state after state, new laws are being written not to protect the vote, but to deny it,” Biden said during his speech, “Not only to suppress the vote but to subvert it. Not to strengthen and protect our democracy, but because the former president lost.”
The efforts to make improvements and pass the voting rights legislation remained unchanged due to the Republican filibusters.
Now, the pressure is currently falling on the President from several advocates as well as lawmakers. They are urging the government to act quickly.
Even last month, Arndrea Waters King, the wife of Martin Luther King III along with their daughter Yolanda Renee King canceled celebrationS for MLK Day since there were no improvements on the voting rights legislation.
The plan is to take steps that can help the community during the MLK weekend. On January 17, activists along with supporters will march through the Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge in Washington, DC to bring justice.
The oppositions are claiming that the White House isn’t providing any support and so, they need to voice their concerns.
Vyanti Joseph, the active director of the Asian American Advocacy Fund said that on meeting the Vice President last year, she promised to make necessary changes by pushing the voting rights. But no positive results are seen to date.
Joseph further added, “Part of Georgia activists and advocates have been responding to attack after attack on our voting rights with little support from the White House. We call on our President and vice president today to stay in Washington and to act quickly.”
So, will the President and Vice President cancel their trip or attend the meeting to put across their point?