Important note: This online discussion of the movie Suppressed: The Fight to Vote, presented by Mount Baker Meaningful Movies, does not include a viewing of the movie. Before joining in on this event with us, watch Suppressed (37 minutes) at your convenience here. Then contact us for the link and password to our Zoom meeting. More details for separate online access to both – first the movie and then this discussion – appear below.
Suppressed: The Fight to Vote, the new documentary by Robert Greenwald (Director of Outfoxed, Walmart: The High Cost of Low Price, and Making A Killing: Guns, Greed, & the NRA) weaves together personal stories from voters across the state of Georgia to paint an undeniable picture of voter suppression in the 2018 midterm election where Stacey Abrams fought to become the first Black female governor in the U.S. The issues Georgians faced included polling place closures, voter purges, missing absentee ballots, extreme wait times and a host of voter ID issues – all of which disproportionately prevented many students and people of color from casting their ballots.
This film features experts, poll watchers and everyday Georgians speaking to the reality of voter suppression and the threat it poses in 2020. In a race that was ultimately decided by 54,723 votes, the film exposes that the basic constitutional right to vote continues to be under siege in America.
Our featured speaker for our post-film discussion will be Maria Jimenez (MJ), representing Common Purpose, a group which supports voter mobilization and offers way you can support current advocacy efforts. Also, you will hear from our SSCAN organizers about other groups working for voting rights and expansion including the Fix Democracy First, ACLU, League Women Voters, etc.
Common Purpose’s vision is for a just and inclusive democracy founded on the sanctity of voting: we believe that all citizens have the right to vote and should be encouraged to exercise it. COVID-19 is a threat to this vision at the moment, and as we look to the future we see the value of advocating for mail-in ballot systems across the nation because this method is shown to increase voter turnout. Oregon and Washington State are both mail-in voting states, and they have two of the higher voting rates in the nation. In line with our mission to amplify, foster, and support a democracy that is just and inclusive, we take this action not simply for our own betterment, but for the following generations that will be impacted by this year’s elections.
Our South Seattle Climate Action Network organizers will provide a list of other ways to increase voter rights and engagement from our partner groups including ACLU, LWV, and Fix Democracy First. During the panel, you will be invited to submit questions and your suggested options in the chat box. Then we will break out into small discussion groups and end with your report backs.
To watch Suppressed before this discussion
This movie is available for free on Youtube here. If the link doesn’t work, you can also find it by searching at youtube.com.
To join the Zoom meeting for this discussion of Suppressed
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Release Year: 2019
Running Time: 37 minutes
Director: Robert Greenwald