On November 3, President Mark Dimondstein, national officers, local leaders, members and staff from the APWU joined the League of Women Voters, People for the American Way, Black Voters Matter, the Democracy Initiative and other organizations, including other unions, in a rally outside the White House. The protestors called on President Biden to either “fix or nix” the Jim Crow-era filibuster in the Senate, and move swiftly to pass meaningful voting rights legislation. The filibuster allows a minority of members in the Senate to block needed legislation.
The pressure on President Biden to pass a voting rights bill mounts. Eighteen states have enacted more than two dozen laws that will make it harder for people to vote in upcoming elections, with new restrictions on voting by mail, early voting and ballot drop boxes.