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A coalition of progressive organizations challenged the failure of the Biden administration to streamline electoral reform

Four activist groups have agreed to boycott an upcoming speech by President Joe Biden in Atlanta, Georgia, urging other Democrats to continue rejecting POTUS visits until he keeps his promises of electoral reform.

Led by the Black Voters Matter Fund, the coalition released a statement on Monday saying it would not attend Biden’s speech due to lack of progress on electoral changes promised on the campaign trail, insisting that Georgia will not be used as “a chess piece in someone else’s ineffective political relationship.”

“As leaders and civil rights advocates, we reject any visit by President Biden that does not include the announcement of a finalized voting rights plan that will pass through both houses, will not be stopped by obstruction systematic and will be promulgated; anything less is insufficient and intrusive ”, they said, adding “Such an empty gesture, without concrete action, without a sign of real and tangible work, is unacceptable. “

The Black Voters Matter Fund has been joined by the Asian American Advocacy Fund, the New Georgia Project Action Fund, the GALEO Impact Action Fund – a group of Latino activists – as well as James Woodall, the former president of the Georgia NAACP. They urged the White House to take more urgent action on two electoral reform bills – the Freedom to Vote Act and John Lewis’s Voting Rights Act – which they say will strengthen voter protection and reduce unfair or discriminatory electoral practices.

Each of the groups campaigned for Biden in the 2020 race, though their support appears to be waning as the White House fails to do so. “Policy progress” on a number of progressive issues, including electoral reform.

While Democratic lawmakers have attempted to put the bills to a floor vote no less than four times last year, they have been repeatedly blocked by Republicans, who in some cases have used the filibuster of the government. Senate – a rule that requires 60 of 100 senators to agree to move a bill forward. – defeat the legislation. Democrats and progressive allies have also targeted dozens of state-level election bills that passed in 2021, such as Texas’s SB1, which critics say amounts to “Suppression of voters” despite the insistence of Governor Greg Abbott, the Bill “Make it easier to vote and harder to cheat.” “

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