Coming off the heels of one of the most important elections in modern history, conducted through a brutal pandemic that altered our lives and the world around us in ways we cannot yet fully comprehend, our movement dove headfirst into a fresh decade confronting a new but familiar threat: systemic attacks on our freedom to vote and the growing political power of Black, brown, Indigenous, AAPI, and working class communities.
To confront this critical moment and best serve the movement we are proud to call home, the Voting Rights Lab committed ourselves to the most fundamental movement tenet of all – listening. In April 2021, we embarked on our second deep listening tour, with more than 70 organizations across 19 states contributing their time, expertise, and wisdom.
Our newest report, Voices From Democracy’s Front Lines: Report From Our Second Community Listening Tour, analyzes these 70+ hour-long interviews and identifies trends, opportunities, needs, and solutions across the voting rights movement at this pivotal point in history.
From Georgia to North Carolina, Mississippi to Michigan, the conversations we had throughout this listening tour brought us to a core set of takeaways. We hope our learnings can serve as a guide to building a more powerful and intersectional movement for democracy.