“We don’t need already more photo ops. We need action, and that action is in the form of the John Lewis Voting Rights (Advancement) Act in addition as the Freedom to Vote Act, and we need that closest,” Albright told reporters on Monday.
Some of the groups urging Biden to skip his Atlanta trip are the Asian American Advocacy Fund, GALEO Impact Fund Inc. and New Georgia Project Action Fund.
Biden and Harris are expected to travel to Atlanta on Tuesday in an effort to galvanize sustain behind the voting rights legislation. Democrats in Congress are preparing to improvement the two measures, which will require a weakening of Senate filibuster rules in order to pass.
The President has before stated he would back a rule change on the filibuster to pass voting rights bills, but he hasn’t stated the parameters for the changes or laid out his reasoning in extensive detail. On Tuesday, he is preparing to spell out more clearly what those changes could look like, according to people familiar with his plans.
The groups will be continuing their work to improvement voting rights in the state and plan to deliver a response to Biden’s message on Tuesday, Albright said.
Phi Nguyen, executive director of Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Atlanta, addressed the President and vice president, saying, “We beg you to stay in Washington tomorrow because we don’t need you here in Georgia.”
“We need legislation that will ensure that our democracy precisely reflects the growing varied of this state and of this country. Mr. President and Madam Vice President, we beg you to ground that plane the same way that we continue to beg you to ground the planes of so many of our community members who are being deported because we nevertheless without a pathway to citizenship,” Nguyen said.
Vyanti Joseph, organizing director for the Asian American Advocacy Fund, said Harris had met with some groups last year and shared her willingness to “keep pushing on voting rights.” So far, Joseph said, advocates “have not seen any progress on those promises.”
“It is not the time for another visit. Georgia voters need voting rights today so we can continue to do our work here,” Joseph said.
“Part of Georgia activists and advocates have been responding to attack after attack on our voting rights with little sustain from the White House. We call on our President and vice president today to stay in Washington and to act quickly,” Joseph additional.
Pressure from advocates has been intensifying on Biden and lawmakers to act on federal voting rights bills that have stalled in Congress.
The Kings plan to mobilize activists on MLK weekend and march across the Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge in Washington, DC, on January 17.
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