Join us for a forum on voter rights and voter suppression

We’re excited to be co-presenting a panel discussion about voter rights and voter suppression on Wednesday, October 21st at 7:00 p.m., alongside Next Stage Arts Project, The Vermont League of Women Voters, Vermont ACLU, the Jonathan Daniels Center for Social Responsibility, and Disability Rights Vermont. 

The event will be feature panelists working in the field of voter rights and equity — including VPIRG’s own Paul Burns — discussing statewide and national efforts to combat voter suppression, and will be live streamed over Brattleboro’s Community Television (BCTV) YouTube Live

Additional panelists include:

  • Jim Condos – Vermont Secretary of State
  • Brianna Cea – CEO/Co-Founder of Generation Vote & Research and Program associate at the Brennan Center for Justice
  • Falko Schilling – ACLU Vermont Advocacy Director
  • Tim Smith – Executive Producer of “Rigged: The Voter Suppression Playbook”

Next Stage Arts Project is producing this important discussion less than two weeks before the November election to motivate people to vote by sparking conversations about voting rights and the state of our democracy.  

Leading up to the panel, we’re encouraging our members to check out the full, online, free version of the documentary film “Rigged: The Voter Suppression Playbook.” The film explores the effects of new election restrictions that have emerged in legislatures across the country since the 2008 presidential election, which saw the most diverse electorate in American history. Narrated by Emmy and Tony Award-winning actor Jeffrey Wright, the film chronicles the barriers to enfranchisement being imposed nationwide – a systematic scheme of homegrown voter suppression going on in plain sight. Filmmaker The American Issues Initiative strives to educate the American public about issues of our day – from criminal justice to education to the challenges of maintaining the vibrancy of our democracy – and to give voice to viable solutions, ones that will make America a better, fairer place for Americans of every race, creed and sex.

>> Click here to register for the forum.

The discussion and mini documentary screening will can be viewed online on Wednesday, October 21st at 7:00 p.m. at: bit.ly/3ntI68V

The full documentary film can be screened online for free at https://vimeo.com/369584224 using the password “rigged.”