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One Year Till the Midterms: A Voting Rights Briefing

November 8, 2021
6:00 pm
- 7:00 pm

After historic voter turnout during the 2020 election, many states retaliated: This year alone, 19 states have enacted 33 laws that make it harder to vote, including those limiting early and mail-in voting, or establishing more stringent ID requirements. Many of these new restrictions are in states where it was already more difficult to vote, and the measures hit communities of color hardest. And while federal legislation like the Freedom to Vote Act could protect voters’ rights, Senate Republicans recently blocked the bill from receiving a floor vote.

With the 2022 midterm elections looming, there is so much at stake. What can we each do to protect voting rights in the year ahead? Please join The Meteor for One Year Till the Midterms: A Voting Rights Briefing on November 8, 2021 at 6 pm ET to find out. Advocates and legal experts will give us an overview of the current crisis and share how we can all take action. We’ll hear from Melanie L. Campbell, president and CEO of The National Coalition on Black Civic Participation and convener of The Black Women’s Roundtable; election law and voting rights expert Marc Elias, founding partner of Elias Law Group and founder of Democracy Docket; and María Teresa Kumar, founding CEO of Voto Latino, the country’s largest Latinx voter registration and mobilization organization. The conversation will be moderated by filmmaker Dawn Porter, founding member of The Meteor and director of “John Lewis: Good Trouble.”

We’ll learn:

  • The current landscape of the voting rights crisis
  • The issues at stake as we head into the 2022 midterms—and why protecting voter access now is critical
  • Possible solutions to protect voters’ rights—and what’s realistic given our current Congress
  • The most important steps we each can take in the year to come

Please join us for this informative free briefing and spread the word—everyone is welcome!

Melanie L. Campbell

Melanie L. Campbell is president and CEO of The National Coalition on Black Civic Participation, and convener of The Black Women’s Roundtable. A leader in the civil rights, women’s rights, and social justice movements, Campbell is regularly featured in Essence, The Washington Post, USA Today, and more. Last year she was awarded the “Sustainer of the Flame Freedom Flame Award” by The Bridge Crossing Jubilee during the 55th Anniversary of Selma to Montgomery.

Marc Elias

Marc Elias is a nationally recognized authority in voting rights, redistricting, campaign finance, law, and litigation. He is the founder of Democracy Docket, the leading progressive media platform dedicated to voting rights and democracy, and Elias Law Group, a mission-driven firm committed to helping Democrats win, citizens vote, and progressives make change.

María Teresa Kumar

María Teresa Kumar is the founding CEO of Voto Latino, the country’s largest Latinx voter registration and mobilization organization, and Voto Latino Foundation as well as an Emmy-nominated on-air analyst for MSNBC. A life member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, and a board member of Emily’s List, Kumar has dedicated her career to engaging the public to build democracy and protect human rights.

Dawn Porter

Dawn Porter is an award-winning filmmaker whose work has appeared on HBO, PBS, Netflix, and more. A founding member of The Meteor, her 2020 documentary “John Lewis: Good Trouble,” explores the late Congressman’s pivotal role in the civil rights movement and his activism on issues including voting rights and immigration. She is currently working on a documentary series about the United States Supreme Court with Showtime Networks.

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    November 8, 2021
    6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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    United States