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The Supreme Court’s permission slip for racist attacks on voting

I hope you had a chance to enjoy seeing friends and neighbors over the Fourth of July weekend. After nearly 18 months of social distancing and isolation, widespread vaccines are finally giving us a chance to connect again.

As I celebrated our nation's independence, I resolved to fight harder than ever to protect our democracy from the powerful anti-democratic forces that thrive in America today.

On Thursday, on the last day of its term, the Supreme Court struck a blow for the rich and powerful. Their decision, in a case called Brnovich v. DNC, was essentially this: If a new voting law has racially discriminatory effects, but its authors didn't say they intended it to be racist, then there's nothing wrong with it.

That's outrageous. It is, in short, a permission slip to those that would pass new Jim Crow laws — just keep your mouth shut and you can do whatever you want.

We're not going to let this get swept under the rug, or forgotten in the wake of a holiday weekend. We will meet this attack on voting rights with a fierce effort in Congress to pass voting rights legislation — including the John Lewis Voting Rights Act and the For the People Act.

We must keep going forward.

We must keep up the fight.

We must organize in 2022 to win more seats in the House and Senate.

We cannot relent in our defense of democracy.

Will you strike a blow for democracy and chip in $4 to fuel the fight ahead?




Posted on July 8, 2021.

Born in the small town of Myrtle Creek, Oregon, Jeff Merkley has never lost touch with his working class roots.

As a U.S. Senator, he works every day to create opportunity for working families, stop the corruption of our democracy, and tackle the climate crisis.

A workhorse and a progressive champion, Jeff Merkley is leading a movement to get our country back on track.

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