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WIL Listen Episode 7: The Future of Our Democracy: Are We Bending Towards Justice?
August 16, 2021 - September 13, 2021
Release Date: July 16, 2021
This month Elizabeth Stribling with South Carolina Women in Leadership talks with Emily Geiger Smith, author of Thank You for Voting: the Maddening, Enlightening, Inspiring Truth About Voting in America, and David Daley, author of the National bestseller, Ratf**ked: Why Your Vote Doesn’t Count and Unrigged: How Americans Are Battling Back to Save Democracy. In this episode you’ll hear their thoughts on: legislative redistricting currently underway in South Carolina and what invested organizations like SC WIL and citizens might do to make sure their votes count for the next ten years; the ebb and flow of voting rights and access through the years and their perspectives as to whether we are “bending towards justice”; how the “boiling point” were at, demonstrated by the insurrection on the Capitol on January 6, makes horrifying sense; and if we can be optimistic about the future of our democracy.
Data from the 2020 Census was released today, August 16, 2021. In South Carolina the politicians in office decide how legislative district maps are drawn and the lines will determine our choices in the voting booth for the next decade. The redistricting process is already underway and the window of opportunity to voice your concerns is very short. Stay tuned to our social media channels @SCWomenLead and learn more about the nuts and bolts of redistricting, review current district maps dive into our collection of articles, videos, podcasts, and mapping tools, and learn how YOU can ACT NOW to make your voice heard.
Emily Geiger Smith is a journalist who has written for the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times, among many other leading publications. She also worked at Reuters covering legal news. Before becoming a reporter, she was a lawyer practicing commercial litigation in New York and Texas. Erin grew up in Liberty, Texas and graduated from the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Texas Law School, and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She lives in New York City with her husband, Bryan and their son, Reed.
A frequent lecturer and media source about gerrymandering, David Daley is a senior fellow for FairVote, the former editor-in-chief of Salon.com, and former CEO and publisher of the Connecticut News Project. He is a digital media fellow at the Wilson Center for the Humanities and the Grady School of Journalism at the University of Georgia. His journalism on voting rights has appeared in the New Yorker, The Washington Post, The Guardian, New York magazine, the Atlantic, the Boston Globe, Rolling Stone, Details, and he’s been on CNN and NPR.