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Voter Suppression and Electoral Reform: A Virtual Discussion with J. Mijin Cha, Miles Rapoport, Renitta Shannon, and David Duhalde

Wednesday, September 30th, 2020

8:00 PM EDT / 7:00 PM CDT / 6:00 PM MDT / 5:00 PM PDT

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Join the the DSA National Electoral Committee, Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) Fund, Dissent magazine, and The New Press for the next installment in an ongoing series of virtual discussions based on the book We Own the Future: Democratic Socialism—American Style. This month’s discussion will focus on J. Mijin Cha’s chapter titled: “We the People: Voting Rights, Campaign Finance, and Election Reform.”

This event will focus on the need for democratic socialists to work for actual democracy through fighting against voter suppression and for electoral reform. 

J. Mijin Cha is an Assistant Professor Of Urban And Environmental Policy at Occidental College and a Fellow at Cornell University’sWorker Institute. She researches and writes about climate and environmental justice, just transition and the relationship between inequality and the climate crisis.

Miles Rapoport is currently the Senior Practice Fellow in American Democracy at the Ash Center of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He served in the Connecticut state legislature representing West Hartford from 1984-1994, and as Connecticut’s Secretary of the State from 1995-1998. He also served as President of Demos, a public policy center in New York City, and as national President of Common Cause.

Renitta Shannon defeated a four-term Democrat incumbent with a bold progressive message in 2016. In January 2017, she was sworn into the Georgia State House of Representatives, to represent the 84th district. In her first year as a legislator, Renitta was awarded Most Valuable Legislator in “The Nation Magazine’s 2017 Progressive Honor Roll,” for her work on sexual assault policy. She closed out her second year in office by leading a legislators’ boycott of Governor-Elect Brian Kemp’s first public address, for running what she called “a gubernatorial campaign of hate against half of Georgia, targeting black and brown voters, the #LGBTQ  community and women.” Renitta is also the co-founder of Her Term, a Georgia-based initiative committed to targeting, recruiting, and electing progressive women into office. Her work has been featured in TIME Magazine, Cosmo and Elite Daily.

David Duhalde served as DSA’s National Youth Organizer and Deputy Director. Duhalde also served as political director of the Bernie Sanders-inspired Our Revolution and as a Research Analyst for Every Voice, a small donor democracy national advocacy organization. Today, he is the Vice-Chair of the Democratic Socialists of America Fund Board.