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voter & civic engagement initiative

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:

CLASSACT ZOOM FORUM: 

VOTER SUPPRESSION AND THE IMPACT OF COVID-19 ON VOTING RIGHTS

Top to bottom and left to right: Stephen Milliken, Helen Hershkoff, Myrna Perez, Kevin Benish, Julie Houk, Therese Steiner

The right to vote is a fundamental Constitutional right and a guiding principle of American democracy.  Yet this right is increasingly being put to the test this election year, challenged by voter suppression, uncertain access to the polls, accessibility of ballots, vote by mail restrictions, COVID-19 and other issues.

 For its second ClassACT ZOOM Forum on April 23, 2020, ClassACT HR73 and its Voter & Civic Engagement initiative assembled a terrific line up of expert voting rights panelists to discuss these challenges.

Link to our Zoom Forum page on Voter Suppression

Link to the resources page on Voter Suppression

This includes articles and reports on voter suppression and voting rights compiled from the Zoom Forum.

TAKE OUR SURVEYS!

1. Harvard Radcliffe class of 1973: If you're interested in getting involved, please fill out our voter & Civic Engagement survey below! 

Voter & Civic Engagement Survey


2. Graduates of other Harvard classes/schools and others:

Not a member if the HR class of 1973? No problem! Fill out this participation form and see how you can help us.

Voter & Civic Engagement Participation Short Form


3. Send us an email at voterinfo@classacthr73.org and we will follow up with you!

JUSTICEAID, A CLASSACT SUSTAINED COLLABORATION     

The theme of JusticeAids 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.

Learn more about Election Protection 

ELECTION PROTECTION HAS:

Four Hotlines Nationwide

4

States with Field Programs

30

Volunteers: a 2020 Goal

  10,000

AND they are  looking for more volunteers country-wide! If you're interested, here are the links:

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UPCOMING EVENTS supporting the work of Election Protection:

May 18th, 7pm EST - JusticeAid's Voices to Protect the Vote Concert, an online benefit aired on YouTube, hosted by Rita Houston, NYC's WFUV (90.7) Program Director, with a special video presentation by JusticeAid's Emmy Award-winning team.

June 14th, 3pm & 8pm EDT - JusticeAid and Riverside Church Public Forum

JusticeAid and the Riverside Church are hosting an online Public Forum on Voter Suppression and Voter Rights. Featuring Stacey Abrams, New York congressional representative Hakeem Jeffries, a panel moderated by broadcaster Ray Suarez, and musical performances by Abena Koomson-Davis and the Resistance Revival Chorus and pianist Matthew Whitaker.

Coming up in September -  JusticeAid 2020 Democracy Youth Film Challenge Awards and Concert with the legendary artist Mavis Staples.










ENGAGING AMERICAN YOUTH 

Democracy 2020 Youth Film Challenge 

YOU can help spread the word for the JusticeAid and Civic Life Project 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.

Learn more 

Flyer for posting

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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!

It’s easy to participate! Record a 15 second “Why I Vote” video on your smartphone, and post on your social media. Include hashtag #WhyIVote, and tag @ClassActHR73 and @JusticeAid on Twitter!







VOTER & CIVICS EDUCATION

Only 30% of millennials think it’s essential to live in a democracy

(compared to 72 %of those born before WWII).[1] 

WHY? 

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. 

INTERESTED IN LEARNING MORE ABOUT THE VOTER & CIVIC ENGAGEMENT INITIATIVE?

HR'73: Link here to fill out our Voter & Civic Engagement Survey

Graduates of other Harvard Classes/Schools and Others: Link here to fill out our V&CE Short Participation form.

Do you have a question, comment, or idea? Send us an email at voterinfo@classacthr73.org and we will follow up with you!

ClassACT HR ‘73
Classacthr73@gmail.com

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