WEEK 1: VOTING

TODAY'S CHALLENGE:
VOTER SUPPRESSION TODAY

On Friday you learned about voter suppression and its impact on American history and people of color. Today, we will discuss how voter suppression continues to impact our democracy and disenfranchise marginalized people.

The stakes are high for the upcoming presidential election which will be held on November 3, 2020. Therefore, it is critical to recognize the voting barriers many people still face, and to work to eliminate those barriers so that our representatives and laws reflect our increasingly diverse country.


WE CHALLENGE YOU TO TAKE...

Read this article to learn how the fight for universal suffrage began, and how modern voter suppression tactics continue to deny the right to vote for people of color. 
The right of Native Americans to vote in U.S. elections was not recognized in 1948. Read this article on the systemic barriers to voting that Native Americans face today, and what steps are being taken to protect the suffrage of Indigenous people.
150 years after the 15th amendment was passed, barriers to voting still remain. Learn about how social media, gerrymandering, access to polling sites and other strategies have been used to limit access to the ballot box.
VOTING WEEK ACTION ALERT

LEVEL 1: Take YWCA USA's pledge to participate in the upcoming U.S. Census.

LEVEL 2: Re gister to vote   in the 2020 general election or assist someone else in registering.

LEVEL 3: Volunteer with Rock the Vote and help register new voters.
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