We are at a turning point in America.
Over the past few years, there has been a civic awakening and a renewal of activism in communities across the country. We’ve come together to demand that our political leaders protect access to health care, take steps to reduce the gun violence plaguing our schools and communities, and finally make long-sought changes to our criminal justice system.
We’ve made a lot of progress — last fall, this nation elected a new class of political leaders who better represent the diversity and values of the American people. But too many of our efforts are still met by resistance from politicians who do not truly represent the will of the people. We need to make sure the citizen engagement of the past couple of years is not just a moment, but a movement for a better America.
That’s why, starting today, we are launching the All On The Line campaign. Our mission is to restore fairness to our democracy and ensure every American has an equal say in our government. This campaign will be driven by you — grassroots organizers who believe in the power of the people to make a lasting impact on your communities, your states, and our country.
Together, we will raise awareness about how gerrymandering negatively impacts policies in state capitals and in Washington. For too long, politicians have been able to pick their voters, instead of allowing voters to choose their representatives. Gerrymandering rigs our elections so the party in power can’t lose and it moves our policy debates away from rational solutions to the extremes.
There is no issue this work does not touch.
We need fair elections and a level playing field to help unlock progress on dealing with climate change, build on the gains we made under the Affordable Care Act, protect and expand the right to vote, and so many other issues that the American people support. All of these issues are truly on the line.
With fair maps and a more just electoral system, we can have leaders who are more likely to tackle the important issues facing our country and be more responsive to the needs and desires of the people they were elected to represent. And there is not a moment to waste. With the census in 2020 and redistricting in 2021, we have to start building our movement now.
With a belief that — together — we can shape the future, I’m confident that this movement will continue to fundamentally reshape American politics for the next decade or more. As we’ve seen throughout our history, progress is not guaranteed — it only happens when people come together, demand it, and fight for it.
We’ll be in touch in the days and weeks ahead with more details and ways for you to get involved. I look forward to joining you in this fight.
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Eric H. Holder, Jr.
82nd Attorney General of the United States