Wayne County Executive Warren Evans and the Urban Alliance of Michigan gathered on the steps of the State Capitol in Lansing, Michigan. The purpose of taking a stance for democracy, calling for an end to the proposed legislative acts of Michigan Republicans to enact voter suppression to Black, Brown, Red, Yellow, elderly, and rural citizens. Photo by HB Meeks/Tell Us USA News Network)






  Wayne County Executive and Urban Alliance of Mich call to end Voter Suppression

WAYNE COUNTY, MI – Wayne County Executive Warren Evans and the Urban Alliance of Michigan are set to host a press conference on April 20, 2021 at 1 p.m. on the stairs of the State Capitol building as a stance for democracy to call for an end to voter suppression. Evans will be joined by Michigan State Representative Sarah Anthony, Pastor Solomon Kinloch Jr., Detroit City Clerk Janice Winfrey, as well all 7 Black mayors in the State of Michigan representing Benton Harbor, Highland Park, Flint, Pontiac, Eastpointe, Muskegon Heights, and Inkster.

Executive Evans’ call-to-action comes in response to nation and statewide efforts from Republican lawmakers to pass legislation to hinder voting rights that disproportionately effect voters of color, the elderly, and rural residents that would make the right to vote multiple times harder. Even with Governor Whitmer’s vocal statements on planning to veto any voter limiting bills, Michigan Republican leadership plans to bypass the Governor’s veto power by using a voter-driven petition process to push new voting restrictions into law.

“The right to vote is sacred, and yet, in recent months, over 250 pieces of voter suppression legislation have been introduced in state legislatures across the country in a concerted Republican effort.” Wayne County Executive Evans stated. “It is shameful that Michigan Republicans in the Legislature are attempting to ram through dozens of blatantly racist voter suppression bills to prevent eligible voters from participating in our democracy.” he continues.

Wayne County CEO Warren Evans and the Urban Alliance of Michigan are extremely serious about combating the legislative actions of the Michigan Republicans and will bring awareness to the issues that are taking place behind the House doors. The most recent Presidential election has shown all that the Republican party will do to silence eligible voting citizens and discredit the voices of those practicing their rights to contribute to democracy of the American political system.

“The disturbing acts and great lengths that are being taken by Michigan’s Republican lawmakers to further create barriers to voting access is disheartening to see.” says Benton Harbor Mayor Marcus Muhammad. He adds, “Our job as political leaders is to advocate and heighten the voices of our constituents, and these current actions by our colleagues on the other side of the political aisle are doing the very opposite of that.”

The press conference on April 20th will also feature other members of the Urban Alliance of Michigan that contains urban community leaders from around the state, as every region of the State will be represented these efforts to prevent voting restricting bills to be passed by Michigan Republicans.

The Urban Alliance of Michigan was founded in 2017 by Wayne County Executive, Warren C. Evans.

The UAM’s primary purpose is to unite urban elected officials, clergy and civic leader in the state of Michigan to address common issues and share information that impact the communities they represent.

The objective of the UAM is to improve the delivery and quality of service delivered to people in urban areas by ensuring inclusion, accountability, unification, and engagement across the state of Michigan, through political influence and legislative/executive action.


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