Following the 2016 presidential election, senior advisor to then President Barack Obama Valerie Jarret and First Lady Michelle Obama poured over election return data. “Michelle Obama and I did a lot of soul searching trying to figure out what happened,” said Jarrett during a virtual discussion moderated by Harvard Law School Lester Kissel Professor of Law David Wilkins, hosted by Harvard Votes Challenge, the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, and Institute of Politics, this Tuesday to mark National Voter Registration Day. “I think the number that really jumped out at us was that nearly 100 million eligible Americans did not vote. That’s a big number in a country that depends on democracy, which requires civic engagement and participation at the most fundamental level.”
Join us for the first event of the “What Justice Looks Like” discussion series: a conversation with mothers from across the Americas who, after losing children to police and state violence, have become powerful activists fighting for justice and institutional changes to end state violence affecting Black, indigenous, and low-income youth. Speakers include:
Dorothy Holmes, Ronnieman Foundation and Justice for Families, Chicago, US
Débora Maria da Silva, Mothers of May, Brazil
Rute Fiuza, Mothers of May of the Northeast, Brazil
Jacqueline Castillo, Mothers of False Positives of Soacha and Bogotá, Colombia
Cristina Bautista Salvador, Mothers and Fathers of the 43 Disappeared Students of Ayotzinapa, Mexico
Yanilda Gonzalez (Moderator), Assistant Professor of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School
This event is sponsored by Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, Center for Public Leadership, David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, DRCLAS Brazil Office, FXB Center for Health and Human Rights, and the Program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management at the Weiner Center for Social Policy. ... Read more about Resisting Police Violence in the Americas: Mothers on the Front Lines
Every election cycle, we lament low young voter turnout rates. Yet, in the last few years, young people have been at the forefront of the movements for racial justice, climate justice, gun violence prevention, and policing issues. They have taken their advocacy to the streets and to elected officials. We saw an uptick in youth voter rates in 2018. Now, will this energy translate into an even larger upswell of young voters in November?
You’re invited to join the Ash Center and Institute of Politics in discussion with leading experts about the latest young voter polling data,...
This event concluded on October 08, 2020. View the original description and event recording below.
In just over three weeks, millions will head to the polls and elect the president of the United States via an arcane institution that permits the loser of the popular vote to win, and narrows campaigning to just a handful of swing states. In this discussion, Prof. Alex Keyssar will be joined by Prof. Edward Foley and Tova Wang to discuss his new book, why the founders settled on such an institution, it’s persistence over the hundreds of years since, and current efforts to preserve, circumvent, or abolish it.
As we approach the final weeks of the election campaign, Secretaries of State - particularly in swing states - face tremendous pressures as they fulfill their responsibilities to provide a smooth, inclusive, and safe election that delivers a trusted result. The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation is privileged to bring together a bipartisan group of secretaries from the key swing states of Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. They will discuss the challenges they are facing, the pressures they are under, and what they are doing to make the November elections...
This event concluded on October 6, 2020. View the original description and event recording below.
The national reckoning on racial inequity, amidst the continued spread of Covid-19, has spurred major efforts to ensure full participation and a strong turnout in November’s elections. This is particularly true among the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community – the fastest growing minority group and a major voting bloc. Join us for a conversation with leading practitioners in the field on the importance and state of current efforts to engage AAPI voters, AAPIs’ role and connection to the Black Lives Matter movement, and the stakes of the upcoming election.... Read more about Rising: AAPI Engagement and the 2020 Elections