Tell Congress to Expand the Civil Rights of 1964 NOW!
Dear Member of Congress,
I am writing to you as a concerned citizen who cares deeply about the cause of equality in this country. We are looking to our elected officials in Washington to conduct an immediate reevaluation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to strengthen its protections, and to dramatically expand the scope of its impact.
While we have come a long way since 1964, the murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Rayshard Brooks, and countless other victims compel us to seek new enforcements in the Civil Rights Act to ensure that the right to life and liberty do not become a forgotten casualty of the moment.
The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was a landmark piece of legislation for its time enforcing the constitutional right to vote, providing relief against discrimination in public accommodations and protecting civil rights in all public places, a few of the many things it accomplished.
However, on 56th anniversary of its signing, many opportunities to protect essential civil rights still remain. The unjust and frequent targeting and killing of Black and Brown people by police, with impunity, remains as one of the most pressing issues mandating an expansion of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Equally as alarming, the continuous efforts by cities, counties and states to suppress people’s votes are creating barriers that challenge their constitutional rights to participate in the electoral process.
The Civil Rights Act of 1964 extended the Commission on Civil Rights to prevent discrimination in federally assisted programs and established a Commission on Equal Employment Opportunity. This is simply not enough, now is the time to upgrade and reinforce this cornerstone of equality and protection. We must reimagine our public safety institutions and establish similar commissions to protect Black and Brown lives from unjust policing and their freedom to vote.
These recent, high profile cases, and many more stories that didn’t get this national coverage, have threatened the right to equality for all Americans and shaken the nation to its core. They have further exposed the perilous reality that Black and Brown people face every day. If equal protection under the law means anything to this country and its responsibility to live to its highest potential, Congress must act immediately!
I am calling on you to expand the Civil Rights Act of 1964 now! You must stand up for what is right and ensure we are all treated equally.