Earlier in 2016, the Transformative Justice Coalition, led by renowned national voting rights expert, civil rights leader, attorney and advocate Barbara R. Arnwine, coordinated a team of attorneys, researchers and voting rights policy experts to analyze the current state of voting rights in the United States.
A new report emerged entitled “Fostering an Inclusive Democracy – A Strategic Vision to Protect & Expand Voting Rights.” It is the result of their comprehensive literature review, in-person interviews with state and national voting rights legal and policy experts and focus groups with voting rights organizers.
The report provides:
- An overview of the United States’ pioneering and history-making model of democracy and its expansion and retraction over time of ensuring voting rights to all citizens.
- Useful summaries of the often multifaceted and complex challenges for equal voting rights and political participation faced by vulnerable communities, which included Native Americans, African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, Asian Americans, women, youth, people with disabilities, formerly incarcerated persons, rural populations, and low-income communities.
- Strategic recommendations to advance the goal of securing the rights of full citizenship for all Americans by ensuring unfettered access to the vote.
The report includes a national assessment as well as on-the-ground assessments of the state of play of voting rights, including voter suppression efforts, in Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico and New Orleans/Louisiana. It also includes analysis related to tribal communities across the United States.
As a companion to the report’s release, please consider attending a webinar hosted by the Transformative Justice Coalition and the Kellogg Foundation to explore the reports content further.
Barbara R. Arnwine will lead the webinar with national and local participants from the report’s development as other speakers. There is no cost to attend.
The webinar will be held at the following date and time. View additional information and sign-up for the webinar.
Aug. 24, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Eastern
Please note that due to low registration, only one webinar (national/federal) will be held. If you register for the webinar, the recording will be made available following the webinar if you’re unable to attend.
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