May 28, 2020
11:30 am - 12:30 pm
NCJWSTL Book Club
Come learn and socialize virtually with NCJWSTL members as we explore fiction and non-fiction books that delve into social justice topics. Our May book is One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression is Destroying Our Democracy by Carol Anderson. With elections looming, we cannot think of a more timely topic.
With One Person, No Vote, Anderson chronicles the rollbacks to African American participation in the vote since the 2013 Supreme Court decision that eviscerated the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Known as the Shelby ruling, this decision effectively allowed districts with a demonstrated history of racial discrimination to change voting requirements without approval from the Department of Justice.
Focusing on the aftermath of Shelby, Anderson follows the astonishing story of government-dictated racial discrimination unfolding before our very eyes as more and more states adopt voter suppression laws. In gripping, enlightening detail she explains how voter suppression works, from photo ID requirements to gerrymandering to poll closures. And with vivid characters, she explores the resistance: the organizing, activism, and court battles to restore the basic right to vote to all Americans.