VOTING RIGHTS PROGRAMS
Starting May 1, we’ll be featuring our centerpiece series of six Voting Rights programs to air on the #UNBOUND platform as well as nationwide in collaboration with several other book festivals, C-Span Book TV, and numerous nonprofit partners. In addition to the programs that appear for registration on the current program page, we’ll offer the following:
May 14, 7pm: Courts, COVID-19 & Voter Suppression with Richard Hasen, Alan Hirsch, and Abdi Soltani – moderated by Lala Wu
People in Wisconsin lined up wearing masks as they risked infection and violated a shelter-in-place order simply to exercise the right to vote. With less than six months to go until the 2020 Presidential election, can we expect a repeat of the debacle in Wisconsin—this time, on a national scale?
Speakers: Richard Hasen, Legal Scholar, named one of the 100 most influential lawyers in America by the National Law Journal, author of Election Meltdown: Dirty Tricks, Distrust, and the Threat to American Democracy; Alan Hirsch, A Short History of Presidential Election Crises: (And How to Prevent the Next One; Abdi Soltani, Executive Director of the ACLU of Northern California
Moderator: Lala Wu, co-founder of Sister District Project, enlisting 40,000 women nationwide in the fight to win crucial state legislative elections
May 28, 7pm: One Person, No Vote: Carol Anderson in Conversation with Congresswoman Barbara Lee
One of our nation’s leading voices on racial justice, Carol Anderson is the author of the National Book Critics Circle Award-winning bestseller White Rage, in which she chronicles the history of systemic injustices that have impeded black progress in America. In her follow up, One Person, No Vote, she zeros in on the fallout from the 2013 Supreme Court ruling that gutted the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Anderson will be joined by Congresswoman Barbara Lee, one of the most well-regarded, outspoken, and trailblazing members of the U.S. House of Representatives, and currently the only African American woman in House Democratic leadership.
June TBD: The Future is Ours: Restoring Democracy for the Next Generation with Carol Anderson, Jeff Fleischer, and Elizabeth Rusch – moderated by Khepera Lyons-Clark
What’s wrong with the American election cycle, why does it matter, and how can we empower young people to become involved, take action to have their voices heard, and restore democracy?
Speakers: Carol Anderson, National Book Critics Award Circle winner and bestselling author of White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Nation’s Divide (Bloomsbury/2016), One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression is Destroying Our Democracy (Bloomsbury/2018), and the young-adult edition, One Person, No Vote: How Not All Voters Are Treated Equally (Bloomsbury YA/2019); Jeff Fleischer, author of Votes of Confidence: A Young Person’s Guide to American Elections (Zest Books/March 2020); Elizabeth Rusch, author of You Call THIS Democracy? (HMH Books for Young Readers/March 2020)
Moderator: Khepera Lyons-Clark, one of the fierce young women of Cinnamongirl, Inc., an Oakland-based organization that strives to provide girls of color with the access, experiences and a network to grow into successful, global leaders.