In 2020, we took back our future. Now, as attacks on our freedom to vote are sweeping the country, we need to fight to keep it. That’s why UNITE HERE hospitality workers are calling on their senators to protect and expand our freedom to vote.
Freedom Ride for Voting Rights
On Juneteenth over 1,500 UNITE HERE housekeepers, cooks, dishwashers, and food service workers from 21 states across the country joined Black Voters Matter and allies in the Freedom Ride for Voting Rights.
Since the 2020 election, hundreds of anti-voter bills have been introduced in states across the country. We travelled to D.C. by bus to demand that our elected representatives stand up for our democracy by passing the For the People Act to protect and expand our freedom to vote.
Civil Disobedience at the U.S. Capitol to Combat Voter Suppression Laws
On August 2, days before the 56th anniversary of the signing of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, UNITE HERE joined the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival national rally and march to combat voter suppression laws. More than 75 UNITE HERE members joined hundreds of allies in a march from Union Plaza to the U.S. Capitol where they participated in a nonviolent act of civil disobedience. Just as the 1960s Freedom Rides escalated to nonviolent direct action, UNITE HERE built upon the June 2021 Freedom Ride for Voting Rights by returning to Washington, D.C.