Democracy is Hard, Voting Shouldn't Be

TUE, JUN 11, 2019 (1:02:59)

This program explores laws and policies implemented to limit voting throughout history, and dives into the current issues of voter fraud, voter disenfranchisement and district red-lining.This program is part of the series co-presented by Old South Meeting House and the ACLU of Massachusetts, The Constitution is for You: A Series of Conversations.

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+ BIO: Beth Huang

As director at the Massachusetts Voter Table, Beth Huang works with over 25 community organizations to increase voter turnout and civic leadership in communities of color and working-class people in Massachusetts. Beth serves on the Steering Committees of Raise Up Massachusetts and the Election Modernization Coalition and convenes MassCounts, a coalition that works with nonprofits to achieve a complete count in the 2020 Census. Prior to joining MVT as the Field Coordinator in 2016, Beth worked at Jobs With Justice as the National Coordinator of the Student Labor Action Project. Beth is a senior trainer with the Midwest Academy. She hails from Wisconsin, where she became politicized through fights for workers’ rights and racial justice, and holds a bachelors of science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

+ BIO: Cheryl Crawford

Cheryl Clyburn Crawford grew up in Boston and has worked for many years in communities of color advocating for voting and civil rights. She joined MassVOTE in 2008; as executive director, Cheryl is a critical public face for the organization, recruiting coalition members, new donors, and volunteers. She sits on the Executive Board of the NAACP-Boston Branch as 1st Vice President and is a past Executive Board Member and former Chair of the Board of Emerge Massachusetts. Before MassVOTE, Cheryl served as Chief of Staff to State Representative Willie Mae Allen. She is a graduate of Lesley College, and frequently serves as a poll worker for the City of Boston.

+ BIO: Rahsaan Hall

Rahsaan Hall is the Director of the Racial Justice Program for the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts. In this role Rahsaan helps develop the ACLU of Massachusetts’ integrated advocacy approach to address racial justice issues. Through legislative advocacy, litigation and community engagement, the program works on issues that deeply impact communities of color and historically disenfranchised communities. Prior to joining the ACLU of Massachusetts, Rahsaan was the Deputy Director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice where his work included policy and legislative advocacy, community outreach, and maintaining a litigation caseload of voting rights, police misconduct and public accommodations cases. Rahsaan headed up the Voting Rights Project that included the coordination of the statewide Election Protection initiatives, voting rights litigation and his prior involvement in community coalitions on redistricting after the last decennial census.

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