The Virginia Right to Vote Coalition and the Richmond Public Library are hosting a free screening/panel discussion at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020. The virtual screening features "Suppressed 2020: The Fight to Vote," which documents how voter suppression tactics were used in the 2018 mid-term election in Georgia to successfully prevent hundreds of thousands of voters from casting their ballot. The film uncovers the insidious voter suppression tactics that politicians across the country, use to stay in power – poll closures, voter purges, understaffed poll locations, and more to block the votes of African American and poor communities.
The screening will be followed by a panel discussion about voting in Virginia – from the positive impact of recent legislation to our confusing election season (itself a suppression tactic) to the continued fight to end felony disenfranchisement. RSVP for the Suppressed screening at bit.ly/SuppressedRVA
- Dean Charles Anthony II, Georgia Field Manager, Black Voters Matter
- Traci DeShazor, Deputy Secretary of the Commonwealth and Director of African American Outreach, Office of the Governor of Virginia
- Julie Ebenstein, Senior Attorney, ACLU Voting Rights Project
- Christopher Rashad Green, Lead Organizer, New Virginia Majority
- Richard Walker, Founder, Bridging the Gap in Virginia