From New York Times bestselling author of Lead From The Outside and political leader Stacey Abrams, a blueprint to end voter suppression, empower our citizens, and take back our country.
"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
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.
"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
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In this insightful memoir, Stacey Abrams charts her journey from failed political candidate to history-making voting rights activist. Back in 2018, as a gubernatorial candidate, Abrams turned out more Democratic voters than Georgia had ever seen, and though she lost the race, she scored a significant victory against the state’s business-as-usual political machine. In Our Time Is Now, she investigates the fraught history of Black Americans exercising their voting rights in the American South—and explains how she started a robust program to get the young and disenfranchised to the polls. This uplifting story is an invaluable blueprint for anyone hoping to bring fairness and equity to the political process in the U.S. With the American political landscape more volatile than ever, this book gives us the tools to get involved in shaping the future.
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. \n