ClassACT's Voter & Civic Engagement Initiative reflects a widely held concern among our classmates that the lack of civics education in our country, low voter turnout and uneven access to the polls pose a threat to our democracy and the right of all citizens to exercise their constitutional right to vote.
The Initiative is a broad, non-partisan multi-faceted campaign about the importance of voting, and issues surrounding that Democratic right, with a 2020 focus on voter registration, education and getting people, especially youth, to the polls on Election Day November 3rd. This kicks off a multi-year effort to develop and support civics education activities.
The initiative will add support to JusticeAid, a ClassACT multi-year sustained collaboration. JusticeAid’s 2020 theme is Voter Suppression & Voter Empowerment.
There are multiple opportunities to be involved:
TAKE OUR SURVEY!
1. Harvard Radcliffe class of 1973: If you're interested in getting involved, please fill out our voter & civic Engagement survey below!
2. Graduates of other Harvard classes/schools and others: email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information!
SPOTLIGHT ON CLASSMATES
ClassACT will share the efforts of classmates currently working on voter engagement, voter registration or election related projects, some with a call to action to get involved.
JUSTICEAID, A CLASSACT SUSTAINED COLLABORATION
The theme of JusticeAid’s work in 2020 is Voter Suppression, Voter Engagement and Voter Rights. JusticeAid’s 2020 beneficiary Election Protection of Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights under Law, the nation’s largest nonpartisan voter protection coalition formed to ensure that all voters have an equal opportunity to participate in the political process. Made up of more than 200 local, state, and national voting rights advocacy partners, Election Protection works year-round to provide information and assistance to voters on a range of issues, from those that arise during voter registration to casting a vote at the polls.
ELECTION PROTECTION HAS:
AND they are looking for more volunteers country-wide! If you're interested, here are the links:
UPCOMING EVENTS supporting the work of Election Protection:
May 17th - Public Forum at The Riverside Church in New York City on Voter Suppression & Voter Rights. U.S. Congressman Hakeem Jeffries will be the keynote speaker.
May 18th - Concert at the City Winery in New York featuring the work of Nina Simone.
July 12th - Discussion on voting rights as part of our ClassACT weekend in Dayton and Cincinnati
September 15th - JusticeAid 2020 Democracy Youth Film Challenge Awards presentation and public forum at the Duke Ellington High School in Washington, D.C.
September 16th - Concert at the Lincoln Theater in Washington, D.C. with the legendary artist Mavis Staples.
ENGAGING AMERICAN YOUTH
Democracy 2020 Youth Film Challenge
The film challenge is an opportunity for young filmmakers and social media influencers to get involved, help fight for justice, voter rights and issues important to them in this 2020 election year AND potentially win money and prizes. The goal is to get young people ages 15-25 invested in the future of our democracy and voting process, and, if they are over 18, vote.
WHY I VOTE
#WhyIVote is a cross-platform social media campaign consisting of short videos in which youth (and adults) express the importance of voting on Instagram, Twitter, Tik Tok, Facebook and will be shared by ClassACT, JusticeAid, Election Protection, the Civic Life Project, and YOU!
VOTER & CIVICS EDUCATION
Only 30% of millennials think it’s essential to live in a democracy
(compared to 72 %of those born before WWII).
ClassACT seeks to address this critical issue facing the future of our country and American democracy through the development of a multi-year initiative exploring answers through civics education and programming.
This long term project is in the early planning stages. If you’d like to join the planning committee, and be involved in brainstorming and executing solutions, see below.