Leaders Rally for Voting Rights for Today

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  • Francys Johnson
  • James Clyburn
  • Bobby Scott
  • Janaye Ingram
  • Nicole Austin-Hillery
  • Wade Henderson
  • Voting Rights Amendment Act Rally
  • Steny Hoyer
  • Nancy Pelosi
  • Sherrilyn Ifill
  • Lorraine Miller
  • Earl Cunningham
  • Steve Cohen

Nicole Austin-Hillery

"Numbers don't lie. Numbers are power. They arm you," said Nicole Austin-Hillery, director of the Brennan Center for Justice's Washington, D.C., office, citing the increasing number of states with new laws that will make it harder for people to vote in 2014. "I am from the hip hop generation. Some of the greatest poets I know are Public Enemy. Use these numbers to arm you. Do not believe the hype. When they tell you that there is no more discrimination, that we don't have a need for the Voting Rights or Section 5, you tell them, 'Don't believe the hype. Pass the VRAA now.'"

(Photo: Joyce Jones/BET)

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