Joe Biden’s second-in-command used a historical civil rights anniversary in Alabama to push for voting reforms on March 6.
Kamala Harris urged U.S. Congress to approve the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act and Freedom to Vote Act before marching across Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma–50 miles west of Montgomery.
“If we all continue to work together, to march together, to fight together, we will secure the freedom to vote,” she said in a video shared on YouTube.
The vice president hailed the 2020 elections as a “triumph of democracy” against former President Donald Trump and allies who allegedly tried to overturn the outcome.
“A record number of people cast their ballots in the 2020 elections … but not everyone saw it that way [and] some saw it as a threat,” she said.
“As powerful people have done many times in our nation’s history, they launched an assault on the freedom to vote,” she added.
Harris then criticized multiple state legislatures for supporting the GOP’s bid to help Trump win another four years in the Oval Office.
“Across the country, states passed anti-voting laws that ban drop boxes and restrict early voting; make it illegal to give food and water to voters who are standing and waiting in line. Put simply, make it much more difficult for people to vote with an expectation that we will not vote,” she said.
“[These are] undemocratic laws, un-American laws,” she added.
The remarks came on the 57th anniversary of Bloody Sunday. Civil rights supporters marked the occasion by crossing the bridge in remembrance of 600 activists who marched from Selma to Montgomery to demand equal access to voter registration in 1965.
At the time, law enforcement officers ended the demonstration with billy clubs and tear gas. Seventeen people were hospitalized and dozens more injured, according to CNN.
Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Marcia Fudge, Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg, Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona, Environmental Protection Agency administrator Michael Regan, and Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs Donald Remy also attended the anniversary.