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Our time is now : power, purpose, and the fight for a fair America

by Abrams, Stacey,

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Summary

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

"With each page, she inspires and empowers us to create systems that reflect a world in which all voices are heard and all people believe and feel that they matter." -- Kerry Washington

"This is a narrative that describes the urgency that compels me and millions more to push for a different American story than the one being told today. It's a story that is one part danger, one part action, and all true. It's a story about how and why we fight for our democracy and win." -- Stacey Abrams

Celebrated national leader and bestselling author Stacey Abrams offers a blueprint to end voter suppression, empower our citizens, and take back our country. A recognized expert on fair voting and civic engagement, Abrams chronicles a chilling account of how the right to vote and the principle of democracy have been and continue to be under attack. Abrams would have been the first African American woman governor, but experienced these effects firsthand, despite running the most innovative race in modern politics as the Democratic nominee in Georgia. Abrams didn't win, but she has not conceded. The book compellingly argues for the importance of robust voter protections, an elevation of identity politics, engagement in the census, and a return to moral international leadership.

Our Time Is Now draws on extensive research from national organizations and renowned scholars, as well as anecdotes from her life and others' who have fought throughout our country's history for the power to be heard. The stakes could not be higher. Here are concrete solutions and inspiration to stand up for who we are--now.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "When Abrams' run for the governorship of Georgia in 2018 fell short, she touted the enormous success of her campaign in increasing voter turnout and captured national attention. In her powerful new book, following Minority Leader (2018), Abrams recounts her long involvement in voter issues, including her ongoing efforts to educate and activate voters. Along the way she provides an historical perspective on the efforts of the wealthy and powerful to disenfranchise the marginalized, from Native Americans to African Americans, Hispanics, and women, with the help of laws and Supreme Court decisions that have codified disadvantage and disenfranchisement. Voter suppression tactics have changed from the brutal use of police and rabid dogs to more sophisticated and insidious methods involving provisional ballots, restrictive voter IDs, and pernicious redistricting. Abrams sees a New American Majority comprised of racial minorities and a younger population with more progressive views. She argues for the restoration of the Voting Rights Act among myriad other specific remedies, and describes voting as an act of faith, "the ultimate power" in a democracy that has been too long denied to those "who built this country from theory to life." For a nation in the throes of a pandemic and wracked by four years of polarized politics, this is an important and timely book."
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "In this impassioned and carefully researched account, former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Abrams (Lead from the Outside) examines the methods and consequences of voter suppression in America and explains why she won't officially concede her 2018 race against Republican Brian Kemp. Abrams sketches the history of minority disenfranchisement from the 1857 Supreme Court decision barring African-Americans from citizenship to the 2013 voiding of federal preclearance requirements for electoral changes in districts covered under the 1965 Voting Rights Act. She also documents how the "exact match" system Kemp installed when he served as Georgia's secretary of state "led to 53,000 voter registrations being held hostage in 2018, 80 percent of whom were people of color." Voter suppression has helped fuel the recent proliferation of laws targeting abortion providers, she contends, despite a "national consensus" in favor of the right to an abortion. Abrams's reform proposals include federal laws mandating automatic registration for eligible voters, outreach to marginalized communities about the importance of the census, and national staffing and equipment standards for polling places. Blending personal history, statistical analysis, and detailed policy proposals, Abrams presents a persuasive, if wonkish, argument that any progressive legislative agenda must begin with voting reform. Liberals will be inspired. (June)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Abrams, Stacey.
Elections -- Corrupt practices -- United States.
Voting -- Corrupt practices -- United States.
Voter registration -- Corrupt practices -- United States.
Racism -- Political aspects -- United States.
Political participation -- Social aspects -- United States.
Presidents -- United States -- Election, 2020.
Biographies.
Publisher New York :2020
Edition First edition.
Language English
Description xii, 291 pages ; 22 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (page 264-272) and index.
ISBN 9781250257703
1250257700
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