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Founded 145 years ago to serve the Jewish people, 92nd Street Y promotes individual and family development and participation in civic life within the context of Jewish values and American pluralism. As a nonprofit community and cultural center, 92nd Street Y seeks to create, provide and disseminate programs of distinction that foster the physical and mental health of human beings throughout their lives, their educational and spiritual growth and their enjoyment. 92nd Street Y reaches out beyond its core constituency of American Jews to serve people of diverse racial, religious, ethnic and economic backgrounds, seeking partnerships that leaven our programs and broaden our influence.

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Women: More than a Constituency

Organizer: 92nd Street Y

Women are more than half the population and have cast almost ten million more votes than men in recent elections.

And yet, women are often thought of as a specific constituency as opposed to the larger number of practicing voters. On the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage, join Emily Tisch Sussman in conversation with Valerie Jarrett to explore how women went from disenfranchised to the deciders of the next president.

Location: Virtual

Making an Impact: Voting, Good Public Policy and Overcoming Partisanship

Organizer: 92nd Street Y

Why does it matter if everyone votes? Have politics become more partisan?

Please join 92Y in collaboration with The Jack Brooks Foundation, for a virtual discussion with Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas), Cecile Richards (Supermajority, Make Trouble), Timothy McNulty (Chicago Tribune, "The Meanest Man in Congress"), and Hendrik Hertzberg, staff writer at the New Yorker and former chief speechwriter in the Carter White House.

The discussion will explore the political, social, and economic influence Texas has played throughout American history, and how it has stood as both a reflection and bellwether of national political trends. Texas Congressman Jack Brooks' (1922-2012) career spanned the tenures of 10 US presidents. Brooks authored important legislation during his 42 years in Congress that remains foundational to our nation's laws to this day. The Congressman was known for working both sides of the aisle to secure important legislation such as the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and drafted the articles of impeachment for Nixon.

Enjoy a rich conversation with some of our greatest thought leaders about how politics is practiced today as seen through the lens of Congressman Brooks' amazing story.

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Location: Virtual

Who Votes, Who Doesn’t and Why It Matters

Organizer: 92nd Street Y

A little more than half of eligible voters participated in recent elections which means .. close to half did not. Who doesn't vote and why?

Join 92Y for a discussion that will explore the latest findings on non-voters with insights from The Knight Foundation's landmark 100 Million Project. Why are so many Americans disengaged from the political process? What would change if they turned out to vote?


Location: Virtual

Ensuring Everyone Can Vote

Organizer: 92nd Street Y

Join 92Y's Campaign for 100% and ProPublica as we investigate the state of voting rights in America.

In a truly unprecedented election year, what does everyone need to know about voting in 2020? Where do barriers to voting and threats of disenfranchisement exist, particularly amid the COVID-19 pandemic? And how can you plan ahead to securely cast your ballot? ProPublica's Jessica Huseman in conversation with Trey Grayson.

Location: Virtual

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