Communities use text messaging to connect with people, help them during times of crisis, and connect them with civic resources. That connection is in danger because of new carrier rules that would severely limit text messages that state, local, and national civic engagement organizations use to connect with marginalized communities.
This is especially dangerous for communities that are frequently targeted with disinformation, as it would remove an essential way to get accurate information about how to engage in the civic process.
The State Voices Affiliated Network joined and helps lead a coalition of over 100 organizations who are invested in using civic tech to help voters and communities build a healthy democracy and future. Namely, we’re protecting person-to-person text messaging, the safest, most accessible way to reach voters and our communities.
We challenge carriers directly around the issue, and are pushing Congress to provide oversight of the ways large mobile carriers are impacting marginalized communities’ access to information.
ProGeorgia has been a leading State Table in this effort.
ProGeorgia organizers mobilize at a local Atlanta market to help register voters.
Protesters march down a tree-lined street with signs overhead that read: VOTE.