500 Black State Legislators Address Voting Rights and Other Issues in Atlanta

December 14, 2021

Washington, D.C. – Over 500 Black State Legislators from across the United States left the National Black Caucus of State Legislators (NBCSL) Annual Legislative Conference last weekend recommitted to addressing voting rights, health care, education, and other important issues that are impacting African American communities.

Presently, more than 20 states have passed laws that will make it harder for millions of Americans to vote. President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris prepared recorded remarks that were shown during the Annual Awards Ceremony for the conference attendees.

We have a White House that looks like America,’ said President Biden. In her remarks, Vice President Harris said, We must have a national baseline for voting rights. Georgia is ground zero for voter suppression, said NBCSL President Billy Mitchell (GA). One of NBCSL’s goals is to ensure that we support and provide the framework needed for Black Legislators to better represent their communities, which is a major reason why we’re creating a Public Policy Research Institute (PPRI), he said.

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