DISCOVER THE ISSUES

Voting Rights

Less than 60% of eligible voters voted in the 2016 elections —and less than 43% of young people under age 25. The 2014 midterm elections had the lowest turnout in 75 years, since the start of World War I when many were fighting overseas and unable to vote. In this Forum, Fellows explored the evolution of voting rights--and voting fights, the current context of voting, and the biggest threats to casting votes that matter. We examined the Electoral College and the pros and cons of direct vs indirect democracy. We delved into gerrymandering, the upcoming Supreme Court case (Gill vs. Whitford), and the stakes at play. And, of course, we discussed the role that education and voter education play in all of this.

Details and Resources Coming Soon

POST SESSION WRAP-UP

Roosevelt House, NY
November 5, 2017

SPEAKER(S):

Michael Waldman,
President of the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law

Our group discussed Voting Rights with Michael Waldman to determine what rights citizens have and how to protect them.

Video of the conference

CONFERENCE PODCAST

We've merged!

As of Aug 2018, Civics Unplugged has merged with Next Generation Politics and will be changing our name and migrating to https://nextgenpolitics.org/ . Next Gen Politics is a student-created, student-led organization that fosters civic engagement and promotes a culture of collaboration and cross-partisanship within Generation Z. Given the alignment in our missions, and the range and reach of Next Gen's 15+ chapters, we are enthusiastic to join forces.

Our mission remains the same: to equip young people to understand their rights, roles, and responsibilities and strengthen their ability to engage with people from different backgrounds, appreciate multiple perspectives, and foster civic discourse. This merger will enable our Civic Fellows in New York to be in dialogue, and develop relationships, with teens from other regions who have very different lived experiences, exposing all to a broader range of perspectives and politics.

In response to the deeply divisive time we are living in, the palpable threats to democracy and civil society, and the power and potential of young people to create change, we are thrilled to support teens in expanding their civic capacity and commitment. We look forward to continuing to build this movement with you!