As people of faith, we believe that God wants a life of dignity and flourishing for all of us. No matter what we look like, where we’re from, or how we earn a living, we all deserve a government that respects our voice and responds to our needs so we can provide for our families. But right now a faction of Senators are exploiting the filibuster loophole to block the overwhelmingly popular For the People Act, which would stop attacks on our freedom to vote and corrupt practices like partisan gerrymandering. The filibuster is standing in the way of a Holy Recovery.
The filibuster has served immoral purposes when our nation faced historic moral tests. Segregationists used it to block anti-lynching laws and civil rights laws. Obstructionists have used it to stop progress on life-and-death issues like gun violence and climate change. Now, radical politicians in 14 states have passed new barriers to voting that target Black and Brown people since the 2020 election and Senator McConnell is using the same scheme to enable them. This is a turning point for our nation. Our elected leaders have a choice between our freedoms or a political ploy from Jim Crow’s bag of dirty tricks.
This year, we can come together as a nation to pass legislation to build a Holy Recovery and become a nation of dignity and justice for all. Our leaders must exercise their majority, eliminate the filibuster, and pass the For the People Act so we can create national standards to freely cast our ballots, have our voices heard, and elect leaders who deliver on our priorities.