Voting is a Right, Not a Privilege. Congress Must Take Action to Secure the Right to Vote and Honor the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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Securing voting rights is about ensuring our democracy represents ALL of us.

Washington, D.C. – Today, in commemoration and honor of the powerful legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. who dedicated his life to racial justice and protecting the right to vote for millions nationwide, United We Dream Action joins members of Dr. King’s family and over 80 national and grassroots organizations to demand Congress deliver for voting rights.

Bruna Sollod, Senior Communications and Political Director of United We Dream Action, said:

“Dr. King understood that a true democracy must be representative of all of us. On the day we honor his legacy, United We Dream Action is steadfast in our commitment to speak out against and fight racist, inhumane laws that aim to keep our communities from living with dignity and thriving. Today, while millions of undocumented people are denied a pathway to citizenship and the future right to vote, the voting rights of Black and brown citizens are being dismantled at the state and local level. Our fights are intertwined, and we will not be a true democracy until all of us are included. 

A year ago this month, the January 6 Capitol insurrection once again demonstrated that white supremacists will go to violent and extreme lengths to limit the political power of Black and brown people. If Congress is committed to defending democracy, speeches won’t do it. Neither will pretending to support the right to vote while defending the filibuster and blocking the avenues for voting rights legislation to pass. It’s time for Congress to pass the Freedom to Vote and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act by any means necessary and properly secure Black and brown communities’ right to vote!”


United We Dream Action is the leading national network fighting for dignity and justice led by immigrant youth and allies. We are a dynamic community of thousands of immigrant youth nationwide who build independent political power for those directly impacted by injustice. We organize and take action to win victories so that all people can be safe and thrive.