L-R: Lisa Cortés, Stacey Abrams, and Liz Garbus. Photo illustration by SPLC.

L-R: Lisa Cortés, Stacey Abrams, and Liz Garbus. Photo illustration by SPLC.

All In: The Fight for Democracy

A timely and powerful film examining the often overlooked, insidious issue of voter suppression in the U.S.

In anticipation of the 2020 presidential election, All In: The Fight for Democracy examines the often overlooked, yet insidious issue of voter suppression in the United States. The film interweaves personal experiences with current activism and historical insight to expose a problem that has corrupted our democracy from the very beginning.

With the perspective and expertise of Stacey Abrams, the former Minority Leader of the Georgia House of Representatives, the documentary offers an insider’s look into laws and barriers to voting that most people don’t even know is a threat to their basic rights as citizens of the United States.

Directed by award-winning filmmakers Liz Garbus and Lisa Cortés, All In: The Fight for Democracy recounts in dramatic detail how these disenfranchisement efforts are part of an ugly history of discrimination and little-known legal and structural barriers employed to block equitable access to the ballot box. Interweaving lived experience with current activism and historical context, the movie exposes a clear and present danger to our democracy.

In conjunction with the film’s release, the SPLC has joined other advocacy groups to promote a nonpartisan campaign with the hashtag #AllInForVoting supported by the voting action hub allinforvoting.com. The project seeks to educate and register first-time voters, mobilize communities to vote, and train citizens to know their rights and report voter suppression.

According to Abrams, “The fundamental power of democracy lies in the right to vote. If you protect that right, you create possibilities for everything else.” Voting is a right worth standing for in long lines, worth our righteous indignation, and worth fighting for.

Says Cortés, “We must stay vigilant. We must confront the reality that there have been times when people have lost the right to vote and that there is a desire to keep “certain people” away from the polls. And then take action steps: You register, check your registration, make a plan to vote, ask your family and friends if they have a plan and show up.”

The Amazon original movie airs September 18.

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