Organizations who focus on voter registration, turnout, and activism expressed through voting are wondering, how do we best support the urgency of the Black Lives Matter movement, even as many of our inflection points for activation are months away? How do we center the lived experiences of all people in our work as we prepare for an upcoming election? And what role does voting play in a movement that is putting into question basic democratic systems that simply don’t work for everyone?
The SLSV Resources & Support Working Group convened on June 25, 2020 to have a roundtable dialogue on those questions. The points below reflect feedback and patterns gleaned from that conversation, which we hope will be the first of many. Our goal in sharing this feedback is to provide transparency into the conversation, to seek expertise and experience as we develop future messaging that all coalition members can use, and to invite you into this discussion if you’re interested.