On October 28, law professor and former U.S. Department of Justice attorney Gilda Daniels (Uncounted: The Crisis of Voter Suppression in America) discussed her book and her work on voting rights and battling voter suppression in a special election Virginia Festival of the Book event, with Daniel Fairley. Professor Daniels served in the Civil Rights Division, Voting Rights Section of the Department of Justice in the Clinton and Bush administrations and has two decades of litigation, negotiation and consulting experience in the substantive voting rights area. Watch the recording of the event here:
“…it is important for all Americans to understand that voting is not a black and white issue and that it is not a Republican or Democrat issue. It is a fundamental democratic issue.”Gilda R. Daniels
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“In this guide to the practice [of voter suppression] and its effects a law professor Daniels, former deputy chief in the civil rights division of the U.S. Justice Department, describes how it works and provides a road map and a call to arms for participants in what she calls the fight to vote… This book is a valuable resource for all participants in civic life.” —Booklist (starred)
“Replete with documentary evidence and examples, this work sounds an alarm for any and all readers interested in reversing the damage and danger of the nondemocratic dynamic threatening truth, justice, and the fight to vote.” —Library Journal
“Foundational for anyone committed to fighting voter suppression in the current era. Daniels offers a rigorous historical narrative rooted in lived experiences that leaves readers with an understanding of the centrality of the right to vote, and the severity of the threats to that right, in democracy today. A must read for anyone seeking to understand the status of American democracy today.” —Kristen Clarke, President and Executive Director, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights under Law
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