Cliff Albright and LaTosha Brown, Co-Founders of Black Voters Matter and April England-Albright, National Legal Director of Black Voters Matter issue a statement following the indictment of former President Donald Trump
A Georgia grand jury took the right action by issuing a fourth indictment against twice impeached former President Donald Trump and 18 of his allies, on multiple counts of corruption and election tampering following the results of the 2020 election. This is the first time in history that a sitting President has attempted to overthrow an election proceeding. We stand with DA Fanni Willis who is seeking justice on behalf of the people! She and her team did a remarkable job in obtaining evidence and testimonies that initiated a criminal investigation into Trump’s attempts to influence the 2020 presidential election in Georgia.
The disgraced former president waged war not only on Georgia voters but elections officials and staff, including Ruby Freeman and Shaye Moss, two African American women who were simply doing their job to ensure safe and efficient elections. This indictment sends a powerful message that voter suppression tactics, like what we saw in Coffee County where Black voters were targeted to gain illegal data will not stand, and those who attempt to undermine the democratic process will be held accountable. It shows that there are consequences for those who seek to disenfranchise voters and restrict their ability to participate in the electoral process.
We hope that the mighty efforts of DA Willis to obtain a just indictment will result in a conviction of the former president. And we, along with a powerful coalition of progressive organizations and individuals who believe in a multicultural democracy, are committed to educating and organizing in the State of Georgia and other states in this country to ensure that the disgraced former president, who represented ideals of hatred and White supremacy while in office will not receive a second term.