ASBC Race & Equity: Protect Our Elections


One of the main ways we can create more fair and just legislation is by voting for officials who will drive change. However, voter suppression – especially in Black and Brown communities – has proven to be a major area of concern and systemic oppression.

The Protecting the Election working group, a section of ASBC’s Race and Equity Working Group, addresses central voting issues such as access to polls, vote-by-mail reliability, bridging the generational gap that defines if and how people vote, and how grassroots organizations can continue to make positive change regardless of what federal policies may dictate. Join us for a Town Hall on Protecting the Election on Thursday, August 27th to learn what you can do as a leader in the business community to increase voter turnout. Voting is our pathway to bring racial equity to the forefront of legislation, and to therefore build a more fair and prosperous economy and society.

The Town Hall on Protecting the Election will be hosted by MaryAnne Howland, Chair of ASBC’s Race and Equity Working Group. Speakers will include Tequila Johnson, Co-founder and VP of The Equity Alliance, and Mark Hanis, Co-founder of Inclusive America and Progressive Shopper. 

One of the most pivotal and important presidential elections of our time is just a few short months away – but thousands of Americans face barriers to voting, especially given the limitations from COVID-19. Our responsibility as business leaders to break down these voting barriers is now at its most urgent.

Voting access is inextricably tied to racial equity: votes from Black and Brown communities are those most often suppressed. The reality of this structural racism is outrageously unjust and stands in direct opposition to our values of dignity and respect for the voices of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, and our commitment to creating an equitable economy for all. 

We look forward to seeing you at this very important Protecting the Election section of ASBC’s Race & Equity Working Group on August. 27th