The 2020 election is a key opportunity to push leaders to lay out a bold vision for how they plan to combat the relentless assault under way on science, truth, and justice that has weakened our democracy. And throughout the election year, we will need to fight back against attacks on voting rights that deny people their fundamental right to vote, making it harder for them to advocate for policies that benefit their communities.
The Union of Concerned Scientists invites you to a webinar to learn key skills and ways you can join a strong, representative coalition to lead efforts on voting rights and environmental justice in your community.
Where Voting Rights Meets Environmental Justice
Date: Wednesday, January 15
Time: 3:00–4:00 p.m. ET / 12:00–1:00 p.m. PT
Fight for Voting Rights and Environmental Justice
In our latest report, Our Unhealthy Democracy: How Voting Restrictions Harm Public Health—and What We Can Do about It, we document the connection between states where it’s harder to vote and the worse health outcomes in those states. When our voting system actively suppresses people’s ability to participate, it ensures they get no say in who represents them, resulting in politicians who are less accountable to the public and less motivated to ground policies in the community needs.
Communities of color—including Black, Latinx, and Native communities—are often targeted by restrictive voting laws and unfair redistricting practices. And these same communities are disproportionately affected by bad environmental and health policies.
It’s not enough to push for science-based solutions to public health and environmental challenges—we also need to protect, and sometimes even fix, our democracy so those solutions become more achievable. Join our January 15 webinar to learn how to take actions that support voter participation and registration, and support positive public health outcomes in the 2020 election.
Our presenters, Dr. Michael Latner, Voting Rights Fellow at the UCS Center for Science and Democracy and Justin Kwasa, Voting Rights Program Director at League of Conservation Voters will cover:
• How voting rights relates to environmental justice;
• How to use your voice as a science advocate to make a difference in the election; and
• Specific actions you can take in your community including voter registration drives, debate watch parties, media outreach, town hall meetings, and more!
Please register for the webinar today and learn how to build a healthier democracy through the 2020 election.