Las Vegas, Nevada 2021-07-18 02:07:20 –
Las Vegas (KLAS) — Community leaders around the Las Vegas Valley gathered to celebrate the achievements of Congressman John Lewis and convey the message that there is still much to do. This marks the first anniversary of the death of the Civil Rights Icon.
“Today we are here to issue a statement, a long-standing statement that everyone must have equal rights, especially in this state,” said Leonard Jackson of the Faith Organization Alliance. Stated.
Lewis spent most of his life as an advocate of equal voting rights. Currently, there are several state-level laws restricting voters, so activists are calling on Congress to pass federal law that protects voting access for everyone.
“It’s important to ensure that all voices are heard in the ballot box,” said Congressman Steven Horsford. “Why are some groups working hard to deprive voters of their rights? Why are some groups trying to curb people’s right to vote? They know that voting is powerful. Because it is! “
In 1965, Lewis was beaten by police as he marched across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, for voting rights. Nevertheless, he continued to fight, eventually passing the Voting Rights Act of 1965, banning racism in voting.
“Since his days in Selma, he has worked hard to ensure that all Americans have the opportunity to exercise their rights, and now we are waiting for the Senate to act on them. The bill continues his legacy, “said Guillermo Barahona of the Chispanevada — a Latin organization for voting and environmental rights.
Towards the end of the speech, a candlelight vigil was held in honor of Lewis, and the message was clear. It is a daily promise to fight for equal voting rights for all.
“It’s not just the election season, it’s the days like today,” Barahona said. “Remember the day of action and this is a 365-day process that keeps us active in our community and ensures that they hold elected officials accountable. “
In addition to Hoesford, House member Dina Titus also attended with state legislator Schondra Summers Armstrong.