In the midst of this year’s presidential election, understanding the right to vote – and exercising this right – is critical to the future of the country. This issue has been at the center of American politics since the beginning, from the Founders’ debates to today’s hot topics: gerrymandering, voter ID laws, restrictions on open polling schedules, voter roll purges, and the flood of money unleashed by post-Citizens United era.
Where and how does philanthropy fit in? What are the particular challenges faced by the voting rights movement, and how can philanthropy play a role?Listen to the recording:
Join the Brennan Center’s Michael Waldman, author of The Fight to Vote, as he provides a comprehensive look at past and present efforts to define and defend government based on “the consent of the governed.” Waldman will be joined by a panel of voting rights advocates representing diverse voting blocs and geographic regions to discuss the ongoing issues in the current election administration system from local and national perspectives.
Join us for a conversation about the short-term solutions and long-term vision for the future of voting rights.
- The challenges plaguing the voting rights proponents and the work being done to address these issues
- Philanthropy’s responsibility to support a fair voting process
- Barriers for funders not already supporting voting rights and how they might be overcome
- The interplay between voting, democracy and other advocacy issues
- Kristen Clarke, President and Executive Director, Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
- Taylor Jo Isenberg, Senior Advisor to the President and CEO, Roosevelt Institute
- Nina Perales, Vice President of Litigation, Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund
- Michael Waldman*, President, Brennan Center for Justice
- Geri Mannion (Moderator), Program Director, US Democracy & Special Operations Fund, Carnegie Corporation of New York
*Copies and book signings of Michael Waldman's The Fight to Vote will be made available at the program. First come, first served.
All interested funders.
In collaboration with
- Brennan Center for Justice
- Carnegie Corporation of New York
- Mertz Gilmore Foundation
- The Overbrook Foundation
- State Infrastructure Fund, NEO Philanthropy