African American Voter Registration, Education, & Participation Project
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Increasing African American and urban voter registration, education, and participation through outreach to targeted communities in California. We've registered over 175,000 voters and counting since 2002!

50th Anniversary of the 1965 Voting Rights Act

It has been 50 years since the Voting Rights Act was signed into law, and our country has gone through many changes through the last half-century. On Monday the African American Voter Registration, Education, and Participation Project (AAVREP) celebrated this historic anniversary with a luncheon at the City Club featuring the Honorable G.K. Butterfield (D-NC), Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus. Chairman Butterfield served as a distinguished jurist for 15 years, including service on the North Carolina Supreme Court, before winning election to Congress in 2004.

Chairman Butterfield talked about the Voting Rights Act, challenges from the U.S. Supreme Court, and the prospects for updating the VRA to meet constitutional muster during the 2016 presidential primary election season.

Enactment of the Voting Rights Act remains a hallmark achievement of the Civil Rights Movement, and has become a key tool in the movement for political empowerment and democratic expression.

The importance of updating the measure in light of recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions that place ballot access and the continued enfranchisement of voters at risk underscores AAVREP’s important mission. However, casting an informed vote and participating in policy decisions at all levels of government are equally essential tasks.

AAVEP is dedicated to understanding African American and urban voters’ behavior and increasing their electoral participation. By conducting in-depth research, voter opinion surveys, post-election analysis, voter education and training, grassroots outreach and civic engagement activities, we intend to do more than diagnose the challenges associated with empowering Black voters and defending their voting rights: we will advance concrete policy and practical, evidence-based solutions to ensure that ALL Americans are able to exercise the right to vote.


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