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Community leaders hold vigil to restore Voting Rights Act

Friday, August 2, 2019 by Tai Moses

A group of elected officials and community leaders, including City Council Member Natasha Harper-Madison, Travis County Commissioner Jeff Travillion and state Rep. Sheryl Cole, will be holding a vigil in East Austin to demand that Congress pass the Voting Rights Advancement Act (HR 4). The legislation, introduced earlier this year by U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell of Alabama and Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont, would restore the protections of the Voting Rights Act, which was signed into law 54 years ago on Aug. 6, 1965. The vigil will be held Tuesday, Aug. 6, from 6-8 p.m., in the sanctuary of the David Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, 2211 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

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