WASHINGTON – Today, Indivisible issued the following statement regarding President Obama’s call to end the filibuster in order to advance civil rights legislation and more to honor the memory of John Lewis:
“President Obama is right. To build the kind of future John Lewis knew was possible, we need to end the filibuster,” said Ezra Levin, Co-Executive Director of the Indivisible Project. “Ending the filibuster is not just a parliamentary issue—it’s an issue of civil rights and racial justice. It’s fundamental to protecting our democracy itself. It’s an idea whose time has come.”
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“We cannot achieve progress without getting rid of the filibuster—the primary mechanism that Republicans have used and will continue to use to block progressive priorities even from the minority,” said Meagan Hatcher-Mays, Director of Democracy Policy for the Indivisible Project. “As John Lewis said: ‘Democracy is not a state. It is an act, and each generation must do its part…’ President Obama is right that the filibuster is a ‘Jim Crow relic’ that stands between us and the future John Lewis called us to continue working for.”