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Black America and COVID-19

Documenting the impact of COVID-19 on Black America.

Voting

The right to vote has always been fundamental in the struggle for civil rights. And of course for good, long-standing historical reasons. The unrelenting, intergenerational drive for the right o vote flows through my veins and the community at large. Having grandparents who worked in Mississippi with the NAACP and Medgar Evers to get the Voting Rights Act of 1965 passed, now living in a country where the VRA is significantly dismantled in addition to existing voter suppression tactics makes the conversation surrounding black voters during Covid-19 increasingly important. 

The challenges standing between black voters and their right to the vote has remained sinister, but more so under-the-curtain and surgical. From stripping the right to vote from people in prison, people on parole and people with criminal convictions to shutting down polling places within black communities, the black experience surrounding voting during Covid-19 will be a true display of how far voter suppression will go in the United States.

Co-Curator: Hamilton Brooks, New York University Class of 2022
I am a New York University (NYU) student double majoring in Sociology and History. I have experience inside and outside of NYU working on issues pertaining to voting, in particular, working at the NAACP - the largest civil right organization in the country and the Democracy Initiative - the largest voting rights coalition in the country. In these roles, I focused on grassroots organizing, current legislation, and court decisions pertaining to voting rights. Within NYU, I am the Field Director of Generation Vote @NYU, the only student-led voting rights organization on campus. I am currently leading a mass voter registration campaign for NYU's 26,000+ undergraduate student population that seeks to raise participation from 48% to at least 55%. 

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Angela Davis on Abolition, Calls to Defund Police, Toppled Racist Statues & Voting in 2020 Election
Democracy Now!
Angela Davis
June 12, 2020
https://www.democracynow.org/2020/6/12/angela_davis_on_abolition_calls_to

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NY Pandemic Primary Recap: Poll Problems, Absentee Ballot Chaos, And Races Too Close To Call
Gothamist
Brigid Bergin
June 24, 2020
https://gothamist.com/news/ny-pandemic-primary-recap-poll-problems-absentee-ballot-chaos-and-races-too-close-call?mc_cid=ea57f3daab&mc_eid=3a8fa35190
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Top takeaways from Tuesday’s primaries: The left, the right, the wait
Politico
June 24, 2020
Steven Shepard
https://www.politico.com/news/2020/06/24/who-won-tuesday-primaries-new-york-kentucky-337446
news Jamaal Bowman, who is running against Rep. Eliot Engel, speaks to supporters during his primary-night party June 23, 2020, in New York. | Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/AP Photo
Will Missing A Postmark Invalidate Your Absentee Ballot? We’re About To Find Out
WNYC
Brigid Bergin
July 6, 2020
https://www.wnyc.org/story/will-missing-postmark-invalidate-your-absentee-ballot-were-about-find-out/
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HKS Summer Teach-In
Harvard Kennedy School
July 14, 2020
https://www.hks.harvard.edu/events/hks-summer-teach

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Did Consolidating Polling Places in Milwaukee Depress Turnout?
Brennan Center for Justice
Kevin Morris
June 24, 2020
https://www.brennancenter.org/our-work/research-reports/did-consolidating-polling-places-milwaukee-depress-turnout

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Cuomo, Board Of Elections Sued For Disenfranchising Thousands of Voters Over Postmark Problems On Absentee Ballots
Gothamist
Brigid Bergen
July 17, 2020
https://gothamist.com/news/cuomo-board-elections-sued-disenfranchising-thousands-voters-over-postmark-problems-absentee-ballots

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Lift every voice: The urgency of universal civic duty voting
Harvard Kennedy School
July 20, 2020
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Protecting the Black Vote During Covid-19: Race, Tech, and Civil Society Event Series
Stanford Digital Civil Society Lab                                                                        
June 24, 2020
https://digitalimpact.io/race-tech-civil-society-protecting-the-black-vote-during-covid19/

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A big election amid pandemic in a riven land
The Harvard Gazette
Christina Pazzanese
July 17, 2020
https://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2020/07/preparing-for-an-election-during-a-pandemic/

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Are There too Many Black Voters?
The BIE Note
August 7, 2020
https://tinyurl.com/yy5zpwep

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HKS Harvard Votes Challenge Volunteer Orientation
Harvard Ash Center
August 5, 2020
https://youtu.be/ZBCy34ZEgPE

 

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The 2020 Hutchins Forum - America's Racial Reckoning - The Pandemic(s) and the Election
Hutchins Center
August 5, 2020
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9JCfe325r3c

 

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Kamala Harris Accepts Vice-Presidential Nomination: Full Transcript
The New York Times
Matt Stevens
August 19, 2020
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/19/us/politics/kamala-harris-dnc-speech.html?searchResultPosition=4

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Three Missouri Voters Explain Why Everyone Should be Able to Vote by Mail in 2020
American Civil Liberties Union
Leila Rafei
June 8, 2020
https://www.aclu.org/news/voting-rights/three-missouri-voters-explain-why-everyone-should-be-able-to-vote-by-mail-in-2020/

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