Mississippi civil rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer once said our nation fell woefully short of a government “of the people, by the people and for the people.” Two cases before the United States Supreme Court this fall could deliver a final blow to our hard-won voting rights, reverting us to the “with the handful, for the handful, by the handful” government of Hamer’s time.

A North Carolina case could give state legislatures the power to cherry-pick whose vote counts without oversight from the state supreme courts. Another in Alabama could further erode Black voting power in a state where a quarter of its citizens are Black.

I refuse to accept that. I refuse to watch my son, parents, aunts, uncles and cousins get cheated out of the right to elect leaders willing to meet their needs. That includes safety from police brutality, equal pay for equal work, access to health care and safe abortions, and the rights all American residents and citizens deserve. It’s why I and my staff are on the ground getting out the vote in battleground states.