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U.S. Senator Kamala Harris at a women's town hall hosted by NARAL at Confluence Brewery in Des Moines, Iowa, July 3, 2019. (Photo: Gage Skidmore).

Harris warns of threats to democracy at NAACP convention in Atlantic City

By Joey Fox, July 19 2022 11:24 am

Vice President Kamala Harris visited Atlantic City yesterday for the NAACP’s national convention, delivering remarks that highlighted what the Joe Biden administration has done while warning of those “who are attempting to undermine our democracy and assault our most fundamental freedoms.”

Harris’ speech focused in particular on the right to vote, which she said is under attack from politicians who have sought to limit voting access in a variety of ways and who have spread conspiracy theories about the 2020 election results.

“Our freedoms are all connected,” Harris said. “The freedom to vote is the freedom that unlocks all others. It is a catalyst for economic justice, for social justice, for racial justice. And generations of leaders gave their sweat, their tears, their blood in its defense.”

Following her appearance at the convention, Harris met for a roundtable with several New Jersey legislators and abortion activists to discuss reproductive health care access in New Jersey. The roundtable was not open to the public or press; according to a White House release, the vice president “encouraged the legislators to look for ways to support and coordinate with state legislators from other states as part of a broad coalition to protect abortion access.”

This year’s NAACP convention, the organization’s 113th overall, began last Thursday and will conclude tomorrow. A number of New Jersey figures have made appearances at the convention, including a video message this morning from Senator Cory Booker, one of only two Black members of the U.S. Senate.

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