Voting, Power, and Equity: Racial Justice on the 2020 Ballot
Organizer: Leadership Now Project
With momentum from the Black Lives Matter movement and the upcoming U.S. elections in November, racial justice is, now more than ever in our modern history, an issue on the ballot. As the election nears, voters of color and other marginalized groups are at risk of being disenfranchised by suppression tactics such as a neglect of the United States Postal Service at a time when mail in ballots are critical amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, or voter identification requirements at the polls. At the same time, efforts related to racial justice are on the ballot, such as restoring affirmative action in California's higher education system, or abolishing private prisons and the cash bail system.
Philanthropic funders and business leaders have a critical role to play in supporting the work of racial justice organizers who have been leading the movement for years. To realize commitments made to the Black Lives Matter movement, it will be critical for funders and businesses to show their support for voting rights and broader democracy strengthening. This effort is needed to support the ongoing work of organizers who are leading the way through both conventional grassroots activism and innovative digital strategies.