Michelle Obama is marking the 53rd anniversary of the Voting Rights Act by announcing a week of action dedicated to registering voters ahead of November’s midterm elections.
The Voting Rights Act has strengthened American democracy, the former First Lady wrote in a message on Twitter, “But the work is far from finished.”
The Voting Rights Act makes our democracy stronger, giving every American, from all walks of life, the right to vote. But the work is far from finished. Join me and @WhenWeAllVote for a Week of Action to get folks registered and ready to spread the word. https://t.co/C4obhrVHLp https://t.co/aAb1dS80Yv
— Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) August 6, 2018
The When We All Vote Week of Action will be held Sept. 22-29. Members of the initiative will travel across the country to register voters, and flagship events will be held in at least 12 cities, including Los Angeles, New York, Detroit, Chicago, and Miami. The group has several co-chairs, including Forrest Gump actor Tom Hanks, Hamilton composer Lin-Manuel Miranda, singer Janelle Monae, country music power couple Faith Hill and Tim McGraw, and Houston Rockets point guard Chris Paul.
Those who would like to participate in the Week of Action can start by signing up HERE.
“With so much at stake in our country, sitting on the sidelines isn’t an option,” Obama said in an email to supporters.
In a press release last month, she elaborated further:
Voting is the only way to ensure that our values and priorities are represented in the halls of power. And it’s not enough to just vote for president every four years. We all have to vote in every single election: for mayor, governor, school board, state legislature and Congress. The leaders we elect to these offices help determine just about every aspect of our lives and our democracy. So the future of our families, our communities and our country belongs to those of us who show up, cast our votes, and make our voices heard.
Obama received nearly unanimous praise, and others joined her call, too.
Thank you for continuing to fight for us, Mrs. Obama. We miss you and your husband.https://t.co/ZN6IRLjiXJ
— Jon Zal (@OfficialJonZal) August 6, 2018
PLEASE verify that you are registered to vote.A LOT of purging going on.Seriously. #VoteBlue
— kim dunn (@kmjdu) August 6, 2018
— Rachel Maria (@rachel_maria65) August 6, 2018
Absolutely we must seek those who didn't vote in 2016. Their vote, as all votes matter/count and do make a difference.
— Karen Sather (@swirlgal01) August 6, 2018
Voting is power. Democracy is freedom we can all take for granted. Vote this November. Thank you @MichelleObama for your love of country. Can I just say I miss you both?
— Ray Julian Torres (@RayJulianTorres) August 6, 2018
As a high school teacher, I will make it my mission to encourage every single student who is 18 to register to vote and to vote. Thank you for your leadership in this vital part of our democracy. We need you. 💖
— Lesley (@moffatmom) August 6, 2018
The former First Lady has a long history of championing voting rights, and she has in the past made headlines for her remarks on how inaction and election fatigue contributed to President Donald Trump’s win in 2016.
In April, Mrs. Obama employed a parenting metaphor to describe the Trump administration while speaking at the Simmons Leadership Conference in Boston. She likened her husband’s presidency to having “the good parent” at home; the Trump administration, she said, is the total opposite.