January 14, 2022

Bread Statement on the Commemoration of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Voter Rights Protection

“Voting is the foundation stone for political action.” – Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

“As a pivotal figure in the Civil Rights Movement rooted in his Christian identity, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. remained at the forefront of protecting and securing the voting rights of all people regardless of their identity or political affiliation. 

“Bread for the World, likewise, rooted in our Christian identity, remains unwavering in our commitment as a nonpartisan organization to preserve democratic principles and free and fair elections. We will only see a true end to hunger when all people are empowered to raise their voices and leverage their power for the sake of those who need help – today. We therefore seek to promote government accountability and transparency, the rule of law, and bipartisanship, working closely with Republicans and Democrats in Congress and the White House who share in this deep commitment.

“Now is the time to hold our government leaders accountable, strengthen our democratic institutions, and promote policies and programs that redress racial, gender, and economic disparities, and alleviate hunger and poverty.

“As the nation reflects on the courage and calling of Dr. King, we urge the Senate to pass legislation that will ensure access to the ballot; promote best practices for voter registration and election administration; and enable voting constituents to freely and fairly elect and hold accountable public officials engaged in promoting policies that address hunger and poverty. Our nation’s moral and civic duty will impact generations. We therefore pray and urge our leaders to remain faithful and uphold our democratic values.” 

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