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Rep. Sewell to commemorate 10th Anniversary of the Shelby County vs. Holder decision

On June 25, 2013, the Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and unleashed a wave of voting restrictions.


This week, U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell, AL-07, will commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Shelby County vs. Holder decision at two events in Birmingham, Alabama. On June 25, 2013, the Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and unleashed a wave of voting restrictions across the nation targeting Black and minority voters. As the author and lead sponsor of the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, Rep. Sewell is proud to continue leading the fight in Congress to restore the full protections of the Voting Rights Act and protect the sacred right to vote for every eligible American. Both events come on the heels of the Supreme Court’s decision in Allen vs. Milligan, in which the Court deviated from its recent history of anti-voter decisions and affirmed that Alabama had racially gerrymandered its congressional map.

Today June 27 at 2 p.m., Rep. Sewell will join the Miles College Center for Economic & Social Justice along with Judge U.W. Clemon and Alabama State Senators Rodger Smitherman and Merika Coleman for a panel discussion entitled “Equal Access, Equal Voice” panel discussion at Pearson Hall. Media are invited to join the panelists for a press availability at 1:45 p.m. 

On Wednesday, June 28, at 9 a.m. CT, in her role as Ranking Member of the House Committee on Administration Subcommittee on Elections, Rep. Sewell will host a symposium titled, “Shelby County a Decade Later: The Path Forward in Our Ongoing Fight for the Right to Vote.” Civil rights and voting rights leaders will join Rep. Sewell to explore the impact of the Shelby County decision and the road ahead for voting rights and ensuring access to the ballot for every eligible American. The symposium takes place at the historic 16th Street Baptist Church. Rep. Sewell will host a brief 10-minute media availability following the event. 

Constituents are invited and encouraged to attend both events. No RSVP is necessary.

Event is located at Miles College Pearson Hall, 519 59th St, Fairfield, AL 35064.

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