Tuesday, July 14, 2020
7 p.m. CST / 8 p.m. EST
Location: Zoom (log-in details to be provided the week of the event)
Join us on Tuesday, July 14 for a virtual screening of the award-winning film, “RIGGED: The Voter Suppression Playbook,” followed by a panel discussion on voter suppression with: ACLU Voting Rights Project Director Dale Ho, Free Hearts Executive Director Dawn Harrington, Civic TN Executive Director Matia Powell and Shelby County Commissioner Tami Sawyer.
RIGGED: The Voter Suppression Playbook is an award-winning documentary that exposes the nefarious tactics used to suppress the vote and serves to spark discussion on the actions needed to protect our democracy. Shot principally during the 2016 election, the film tracks a systematic, decade-long effort to reverse the impact of the growing demographic tide of non-white and younger voters who helped elect President Barack Obama in 2008. It details a variety of voter suppression “plays,” or tactics, ranging from the purging of voting rolls and passing of new, restrictive voter ID laws to gerrymandering and voter intimidation. The film includes revealing interviews with Republican strategists detailing how the voter suppression game is played as well as cogent insights from leading voting rights advocates, law professors and Democratic strategists. It is narrated by Tony & Emmy award-winning actor, Jeffrey Wright.
Following the screening of the film, there will be a panel discussion on voting rights and voter suppression with issue area experts from across Tennessee and the country. Panelists will include:
Dale Ho, Director, ACLU Voting Rights Project
Dawn Harrington, Executive Director, Free Hearts
Matia Powell, Executive Director, Civic TN
Tami Sawyer, Shelby County Commissioner
This screening will be presented via Zoom Webinar. A link will be emailed to all RSVPs 48 hours in advance of the screening.