June 29, 2020

Race in America: Stacey Abrams on Protests, Policing and Voter Access

Stacey Abrams is a former Georgia gubernatorial candidate and served in the Georgia House of Representatives for 10 years. She is the author of the new book “Our Time Is Now,” and has founded several nonprofit organizations focused on voting rights and tackling social issues at both the state and national levels. Washington Post columnist Jonathan Capehart will interview Abrams to discuss her thoughts on the protests, calls to end police brutality and racial inequality, as well as voter access issues heading into the 2020 U.S. presidential election.
Highlights
Amid concerns over the coronavirus, state officials in Kentucky closed several polling locations in the state, concerning voter rights activists like Fair Fight Action Founder Stacey Abrams. “In states that do not want to see people access the right to vote, they have no conditions under which they’re forced to keep polling places open,” Abrams said.
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Fair Fight Action Founder Stacey Abrams says there are several ways to make voting easier for U.S. citizens. “We need automatic voter registration. We also need same-day registration…mail-in voting is the second part of this…you should be able to vote from home. You should be able to sit with a ballot, do the research, understand.”
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Fair Fight Action Founder Stacey Abrams says President Trump is purposely spreading misinformation about voter fraud to diminish voter participation in the upcoming presidential election. “Voter suppression is real. It’s persistent. It’s relentless…what Donald Trump is attempting to do is…rig the election by stating that if he doesn’t win it’s because of this bad behavior. This bad behavior doesn’t exist.”
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Former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams says America has reached a point of reflection and inflection about racial injustice. “Our challenge in America is that justice doesn’t even get meted out equally. In fact, it doesn’t even humanize many blacks who are killed.”
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Stacey Abrams
Founder and Chair of Fair Fight Action and Author, “Our Time Is Now”
Stacey Abrams is the New York Times bestselling author of Lead from the Outside, a serial entrepreneur, nonprofit CEO, and political leader. After serving eleven years in the Georgia House of Representatives, seven as minority leader, Abrams became the 2018 Democratic nominee for governor of Georgia, where she won more votes than any other Democrat in the state’s history. Over the course of her career, she has founded multiple organizations devoted to voting rights, training and hiring young people of color, and tackling social issues at both the state and national levels. Dedicated to civic engagement, her most recent endeavors include: launching Fair Fight to ensure every American has a voice in our election system, Fair Count to ensure accuracy in the 2020 Census and greater participation in civic engagement, and the Southern Economic Advancement Project, a public policy initiative to broaden economic power and build equity in the South. Her newest book, "Our Time is Now," was released on June 9.
Interviewed by Jonathan Capehart
The Washington Post
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