Protecting Democracy: Making Every Vote and Voice Matter
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Join us on Thursday, September 30th from 4:00-5:00pm (EDT) for a candid conversation with leading advocates from across the county, who will address:
- What can be done to protect the right to vote, especially for groups that have faced historic discrimination at the ballot box?
- How does our country’s increasing diversity impact the redistricting process; and how can citizens get involved?
- As demographics shift, how can communities of color build power and ensure their voice is being heard at the local, state and national levels?
The speakers bring a diversity of experience from the local to national level:
- Gary Bass, Executive Director Emeritus, Bauman Foundation (moderator)
- Christine Chen, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Asian Pacific Islander American Vote (APIAVote)
- Janeen Comenote, Executive Director, National Urban Indian Family Coalition
- Ashley Shelton, Executive Director, Power Coalition for Equity & Justice
- Arturo Vargas, Chief Executive Officer, NALEO Educational Fund
We would also like to share some resources with you related to the topics that will be addressed during the discussion.
- Census data shows widening diversity; number of White people falls for first time https://www.washingtonpost.com/dc-md-va/2021/08/12/census-data-race-ethnicity-neighborhoods/
- Fears of Latino Census Undercount Persist Despite Dramatic Growth https://www.nbcnews.com/news/latino/fears-latino-census-undercount-persist-dramatic-growth-rcna1720
- A Surge of Citizen Activism Amps Up the Fight Against Gerrymandering https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-08-18/redistricting-fight-fuels-surge-of-citizen-activism
- Voting Laws Roundup: July 2021 https://www.brennancenter.org/our-work/research-reports/voting-laws-roundup-july-2021
Protecting Democracy: Making Every Vote and Voice Matter is part of our year-long “Democracy at Risk” series of conversations, which we are hosting in celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the Center for Public and Nonprofit Leadership. These discussions will inform the next 25 years of the Center’s work with nonprofit, philanthropic and public sector leaders to strengthen our communities, nation and world.