Will environmentalists vote in November? Environmentalists aren't voting as much as they ought to, but recent advances in data analytics and behavioral science offer hope for 2020 and beyond. With fresh data from recent elections and mobilization experiments, voter turnout expert Nathaniel Stinnett will discuss the Environmental Voter Project's cutting-edge work identifying and mobilizing voters. Sanjay Seth MPA/MUP 2019, Co-President, Harvard Alumni for Climate and the Environment, will moderate.
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,...