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The Fight to Vote: A Conversation with Michael Waldman and Yamiche Alcindor

At a moment of intense new interest in the fight over voting rights, a new edition of the acclaimed work of history, The Fight to Vote, provides an invaluable look at the history that has led to today’s great clash over American democracy.

Upcoming: Wednesday, January 19, 2022 6:00 pm
This is a virtual event
Speakers:
  • Michael Waldman
  • Yamiche Alcindor
The Fight to Vote

Donald Trump’s Big Lie isn’t just about what the defeated president felt or did — but rather the impact of his actions on American democracy and millions of voters. In conversation with acclaimed political journalist Yamiche Alcindor (NBC News Washington Correspondent), Brennan Center President Michael Waldman tracks the current wave of voting restrictions sweeping statehouses around the country in the context of the nation’s history of voting rights — from the Founders’ debates, to the civil rights era.

“Some eras are quiet,” Waldman writes now. “In others, great forces clash, bringing about breakthroughs in participation—or a lurch backward. That’s where we are today: one of the most intense moments in our history in the fight for a meaningful right to vote.”

Waldman shows that the fight over the vote has always been a central political issue, delivering a message that the late Rep. John Lewis called “a message every American needs to hear.” Trump’s bid to overturn the election marked a break with that history. It’s an epic clash — with states rushing to restrict the vote, while Congress has the power to stop them. The question is whether it has the political will.

Join us as Waldman and Yamiche Alcindor, White House correspondent for PBS News Hour since 2018, analyze the intense fighting over voting and the struggle for power.

Produced in partnership with New York University’s John Brademas Center

Speakers:

  • Michael Waldman, President, Brennan Center for Justice, author of The Fight to Vote and The Second Amendment: A Biography and President of the Brennan Center for Justice, is a leading law scholar and public policy advocate.
  • Yamiche Alcindor, Anchor and Moderator, PBS’s Washington Week; Washington Correspondent, NBC News (March 2022)

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