WASHINGTON – Our Revolution, the political entity founded by U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders during the 2016 presidential election, today announced that its president, Nina Turner, will join two events advocating for expanded voting rights this Wednesday, September 12 in Washington, D.C. At 11 AM, Turner will join Tamika D. Mallory, Co-President of the Women’s March, for Our Vote Matters, a roundtable discussion on voting, re-entry, and prison reform at New Bethel Baptist Church. At 2:30 PM, Turner will join a voting rights panel during the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Annual Legislative Conference. She will deliver remarks during Congressman Bobby Rush’s (D-IL) “Advancing Voter Justice and Voter Vigilance: A Special Speak Out and Empowerment Session for African American Voters” panel. The event will be held on Wednesday, September 12th from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. EST at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in downtown D.C.
“It’s been 54 years since the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1964, yet the threat to voting is more pronounced than many might expect,” said Our Revolution President Nina Turner. “From insufficient polling place resources in poor, communities of color, to intimidation at the polls, to laws that revoke voting rights for persons with prior felony convictions, there is a myriad of policies and practices that make it harder for Americans to cast a ballot and have that ballot counted.”
In addition to serving as president of Our Revolution, Senator Turner has been a long-time advocate for clearing barriers to the ballot box. Her organization is a proud endorser of Florida’s Second Chance Ballot initiative, Amendment 4. She has also spent the last several years working with progressives to urge the Democratic National Committee (DNC) to adopt changes to its primaries and caucuses that promote transparency and inclusivity. She was a member of the DNC’s Unity and Reform Commission, which recently adopted sweeping changes limiting the influence superdelegates. Prior to the vote, superdelegates could disregard the preferences of caucus and primary voters and select whichever presidential the superdelegate favored.
The Sept. 12 session is organized by Congressman Bobby Rush (D-IL), and in addition to the congressman and Senator Turner, panelists include the Rev. Jesse Louis Jackson, Sr., Pennsylvania State Senator Vincent Hughes, Juan Thomas of the National Bar Association, and Barbara R. Arnwine, president of the Transformative Justice Coalition.