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Advancement Project and Lawyers’ Committee to Host Reading and Panel Discussion on Ari Berman’s New Book, Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America

For Immediate Release August 10, 2015

Contacts:

Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law

Victoria Wenger Communications Assistant Advancement Project Tel: 202-728-9557

 

WASHINGTON – Advancement Project and Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (Lawyers’ Committee) will host a book signing and panel discussion on Thursday, August 13 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. featuring Ari Berman’s new book, Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America. In this groundbreaking narrative history, Berman charts both the transformation of American democracy under the Voting Rights Act (VRA) and the counterrevolution that has sought to limit voting rights, from 1965 to the present day.

Falling exactly one week after the 50th anniversary of the signing of the VRA, Berman’s reading will be followed by a panel discussion featuring voting rights leaders who will address the legislation’s impact and current efforts to weaken the right to vote. The panel will be moderated by BuzzFeed National Editor Adam Serwer, and will feature litigators and organizers at the forefront of today’s voting rights movement including Advancement Project Co-Director Judith Browne Dianis, Lawyers’ Committee Voting Rights Project Special Senior Counsel Bob Kengle, New Virginia Majority Co-Executive Director Tram Nguyen, and civil rights attorney Armand Derfner. The event is free and open to the public, though attendees are encouraged to RSVP for tickets here. For those unable to attend the event in person, the event will be streamed online. Follow the event on social media using #VRA50.

 

WHAT:  Book reading and panel discussion on Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America

 

WHO: Ari Berman, author and contributing writer for The Nation; Adam Serwer, BuzzFeed national editor (moderator); Judith Browne Dianis, Advancement Project co-director; Bob Kengle, Lawyers’ Committee Voting Rights Project special senior counsel; Tram Nguyen, New Virginia Majority co-executive director; Armand Derfner, civil rights attorney

 

WHEN:  Thursday, August 13 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

 

WHERE: Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

 

 

About Advancement Project
Advancement Project is a multi-racial civil rights organization. Founded by a team of veteran civil rights lawyers in 1999, Advancement Project was created to develop and inspire community-based solutions based on the same high quality legal analysis and public education campaigns that produced the landmark civil rights victories of earlier eras.

 

About The Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
The Lawyers' Committee, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, was formed in 1963 at the request of President John F. Kennedy to involve the private bar in providing legal services to address racial discrimination. The Lawyers' Committee celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2013 as it continued its quest of "Moving America Toward Justice." The principal mission of the Lawyers' Committee is to secure, through the rule of law, equal justice under law, particularly in the areas of fair housing and fair lending, community development, employment, voting, education and environmental justice.

For more information about the Lawyers' Committee, visit www.lawyerscommittee.org.

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