Gerrymandering gave GOP edge in swing states; then came the attack on voting rights
A new analysis of 2020 election results shows that district lines dramatically inflated the Republican majorities that passed some of the most controversial voter-access restrictions and redistricting maps in 2021. Our report, authored by Josh Clark, shows that if seats were allocated proportionally to actual votes, Republicans in the Georgia senate, Florida senate, and North Carolina house would hold one- or zero-seat majorities, rather than the 8- to 18-seat advantages they currently enjoy. Read this new brief here. And check out the press release here.
Jan. 6 happened because we ignored George Washington's final warning
As we approach the first anniversary of the Jan. 6 riot, Assistant Director Stephen Menendian
revisits George Washington's Final Address in which he warns that the dangers of extreme partisanship could lead to the collapse of the country. We avoided this outcome last January, but with political polarization on the rise, and fears of a new right-wing plot aiming at the 2024 presidential election, are we prepared to respond in a way that keeps the nation intact? Read this piece here
Summer Fellowship applications are due next week!
The Jan. 14 deadline to submit an application for our 2022 Summer Fellowship program is quickly approaching! The program is a paid research experience for individuals seeking to develop their research skills by engaging with the Institute’s multidisciplinary research, analysis, policy, and strategic narrative work. Check our summer fellowship page for information on eligibility and the process to apply.
Listen to our latest Bridging to Belonging podcast episodes!
Have you been listening to our podcast interviews developed for our Bridging to Belonging Case series we launched in October? In this ninth episode of our 12-episode series, we speak with Angel Mortel, a lead organizer with LA Voice, and Aleena Gonzalez, a high school student, about their participation in Belong Circles.
Our partners in Europe recently published a comprehensive, 900-page(!) report documenting Islamophobia in 31 European countries over the past year, in the areas of employment, education, media including the internet, the legal system, and politics. Check it out here.
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