For Immediate Release

Contact: 

Kristen Voorhees, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, voorhees@civilrights.org, 202.548.7166
Don Owens, (202) 588-7767, Public Citizen, dowens@citizen.org

Groups Show Broad Support for Democracy Reform and Pathway Ahead to Victory

Americans demand reforms contained in the for the people act

WASHINGTON - WHAT: Press conference at which an unprecedented coalition of democracy, environmental, good government and other groups will detail the broad local, state and national support of the For the People Act (H.R. 1) and discuss its path to success post-introduction.

Americans nationwide have demanded these proposed reforms. In light of barriers to voting rights across many states, foreign election interference cited by U.S. intelligence agencies, an increase in blatant conflict of interests among federal appointees and the sheer number of indictments and convictions secured by Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into possible 2016 election interference, the For the People Act and democracy reform are critical to America’s future, and organizations across many issue areas are working together in new ways to achieve change.

WHEN: 12 p.m. EST, Wed., Jan. 9

WHO:

U.S. Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.)

U.S. Rep. Katie Porter (D-Ca.)

Robert Weissman, president, Public Citizen

Fred Wertheimer, president, Democracy 21

Michael Keegan, executive vice president, People For the American Way

Bishop Garrison, interim executive director, Truman National Security Project

Josh Horwitz, executive director, The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence

Vanita Gupta, president & CEO, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

Rea Carey, executive director, National LGBTQ Task Force

Christopher Shelton, president, Communications Workers of America

Hilary Shelton, director, NAACP Washington Bureau, Senior Vice President for Advocacy & Policy

*More representatives from labor, environmental, voting rights, good government and other groups will be added.

WHERE: House Triangle, southeast side of the U.S. Capitol

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The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights is a coalition charged by its diverse membership of more than 200 national organizations to promote and protect the civil and human rights of all persons in the United States. Through advocacy and outreach to targeted constituencies, The Leadership Conference works toward the goal of a more open and just society – an America as good as its ideals.

The Leadership Conference is a 501(c)(4) organization that engages in legislative advocacy.  It was founded in 1950 and has coordinated national lobbying efforts on behalf of every major civil rights law since 1957.

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