The Silent Sentinels and the Long Beach Suffrage 100 invites the City of Long Beach to stand with them in silence to honor the Centennial of the 19th Amendment and call for the passage of the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement ACT (HR4).
WHEN & WHERE
- August 26, Noon to One.
- Ocean Blvd, Magnolia to Chestnut, South side of the street
- Six Feet apart, wearing masks, in silence
WHY August 26, 2020 is The Suffrage Centennial, 100 years since the passage of the 19th Amendment, enfranchising Americans. In fact, that is why August 26th is now celebrated as National Women’s Equality Day.
102 years ago, women marched to the White House Fence to put President Wilson on notice that they would remain there until he directed Congress to pass the Amendment and send it out to the states for ratification. Coincidentally, they were living in the middle of a worldwide pandemic while confronting a racist, sexist president who was about to take the country to war.
Ratified and certified, the 19th Amendment was enacted state by state, denying the vote to people based on race, ethnicity, education, age, and class standing. Over the last one hundred years, there have been eleven Congressional Acts and the 26th Amendment incrementally expanding voting rights.
The Long Beach Suffrage 100 recognizes that Suffrage is Unfinished Business. Celebrating the past, we are also standing in support of the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Bill, HR4.
CONTACT Zoe Nicholson, Director of the Long Beach Suffrage 100 562 343-5848 Zoe@Zoenicholson.com
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