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Tribal Elections, Taking Healthy Risks, and the Importance of Indigenous Youth Engagement
Tribal Elections, Taking Healthy Risks, and the Importance of Indigenous Youth Engagement
This episode was recorded in Spring 2022. In this episode, Kamryn Yanchick talks to Indigenous student organizers about the process of participating in tribal elections, Indigenous social structures, and the importance of young people's participation in youth councils. They discuss the intimidation factor of speaking to elder councils, honoring tradition, and existing in a social paradigm that doesn't always feel responsive to young people and student voices. How can activity in tribal government differ from a sense of obligation towards non-tribal elections? What trends and forces can be leveraged to encourage greater participation in tribal elections? Students discuss motivations, celebrations, and struggles. Trinity Guido belongs to the Delaware Nation of Oklahoma and also descends from the Caddo, Kiowa, Comanche, Apache, and Fort Sill Apache people. Trinity is from Anadarko, Oklahoma but currently resides in Norman, Oklahoma with her husband and their two children. Trinity recently graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelors in Public and Community Health with a minor in Native American Studies and Pre-Medicine. Trinity was involved in many on-campus organizations and leadership positions while in school. Trinity was affiliated with Gamma Delta Pi, Inc., GEN, AISA, AISES, SACNAS, and Student Congress. Trinity has also served on various tribal leadership boards and committees at her tribe including the Delaware Nation Gaming Commission, Election Committee, Cultural Preservation, and Language department. Her most recent position is serving as a Board Member of the Citizenship Committee. She is also involved as a member of the Lenape Matriarch group. Trinity puts forth her efforts with initiatives that serve tribal communities. She was very excited to be a guest on this podcast to discuss her journey in tribal government and elections. Elwood McClellan, Jr. is a member of the Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma. Mr. McClellan is the Southern Plains Region Representative to the National UNITY Council Executive Committee. Mr. McClellan currently serves as the Chairman of the Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma's UNITY youth council and has served on the Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma's Election Board where his interest in program development derived. This all took place during Mr. McClellan's time at the University of Oklahoma where he recently graduated with his Bachelors in Human Relations. The experiences throughout his life and material that his degree path has provided, he plans to directly apply his studies to Indigenous communities. Some resources to learn more about Indigenous voting and the communities and organizations which engender this activity: University of Oklahoma's Native Nations Center: https://www.ou.edu/nativenationscenter Delaware Nation of Oklahoma: https://www.delawarenation-nsn.gov/  Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma: https://www.bahkhoje.com/  Researching Native Student Voting Habits: https://www.campusvoteproject.org/post/researching-native-student-voting-habits If you're a student and want to join the Student Voting Network, you can join us here: bit.ly/svnslack  If you want to find more resources about student voting in your state, check out Campus Vote Project's nationwide database for voting information: https://www.campusvoteproject.org/  Produced by Kamryn Yanchick and Benjamin Nixon. Music and Editing by Benjamin Nixon.
01:07:15
September 05, 2022
Exploring Latinidad
Exploring Latinidad
This is part one of a series exploring Latinidad and Latin/e/x experiences within the United States. This episode explores the diversity of perspectives within what is often referred to as the "Latino Vote", some of the historical context that has shaped Latin/e/x voter perspectives, and why these perspectives matter. Host Oscar Lázaro leads a discussion with student voters from across the country to develop keen insight and analysis into this under-discussed topic. If you're a student and want to join the Student Voting Network, you can join us here: bit.ly/svnslack If you want to find more resources about student voting in your state, check out Campus Vote Project's nationwide database for voting information: https://www.campusvoteproject.org/ Produced by Oscar Lázaro and Benjamin Nixon.  Music by Oscar Lázaro and Intro and Outro by https://er0da.bandcamp.com/music. Editing by Oscar Lázaro.
55:32
April 06, 2022
State Spotlight: Sloganeering, the Election Integrity Act of 2021, and Georgia with Dr. Tammy Greer (Part 2 of 2)
State Spotlight: Sloganeering, the Election Integrity Act of 2021, and Georgia with Dr. Tammy Greer (Part 2 of 2)
"Everyone is a political scientist, they just don't know it yet." In this episode, Student Advisory Board Member and Ph.D. candidate Jayme Beasley discusses Georgia's SB202 - no longer a bill but now a law - as well as educational policy, student loan forgiveness, and the anxiety-inducing side effects of political sloganeering with Dr. Tammy Greer, assistant professor of political science at Clark Atlanta University.  If you liked this conversation and want to hear others like it, check out Jayme's podcast entitled "Politics OR Politiking" here on Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/politics-or-politiking/id1495884559 If you're a student and want to join the Student Voting Network, you can join us here: bit.ly/svnslack If you want to find more resources about student voting in your state, check out Campus Vote Project's nationwide database for voting information: https://www.campusvoteproject.org/ Produced by Benjamin Nixon, Dr. Tammy Greer, and Jayme Beasley. Music and Editing by Benjamin Nixon.
42:45
March 28, 2022
State Spotlight: The Future of Western Civilization *REALLY* Depends on PA (Part 5 of 5)
State Spotlight: The Future of Western Civilization *REALLY* Depends on PA (Part 5 of 5)
Episode recorded in Summer 2021 In this episode, Nickolas Bartel moderates a discussion between Campus Vote Project Student Advisory Board Members Sarah Harmon & Benjamin Nixon as well as PittDems' very own India Krug. They look at many different topics including 16-year-olds voting, making Election Day a Federal Holiday, whether the 2020 election was secure (we promise this is the last time we'll rehash it), Act 77 (check out our episode on Act 77, by the way!), global voter turnout rates, and so much more! (The Young Republicans were reached out to by producers but did not respond for participation in this episode.) Produced by Nickolas Bartel, Sarah Harmon, and Benjamin Nixon.  Editing and Music by Benjamin Nixon.
58:13
March 14, 2022
Dr. Greg Williams Talks Shop: Election Integrity, Election Security, and the Myth of Voter Fraud
Dr. Greg Williams Talks Shop: Election Integrity, Election Security, and the Myth of Voter Fraud
Dr. Greg Williams has done extensive research on the myth of voter fraud, fair elections, strategically placed disinformation obfuscating voter information, and ways to reinvigorate American democracy. That's why we made time to have a chat with him. HR1 - RIP in peace - would have made an effective and demonstrable improvement to the civic lives of citizens. Instead, we got filibustered. What makes a secure election? How do students fit into that calculus? Would lobbyist disclosure be helpful? Maybe student voting protection is a national security issue. Resources and Recommended Readings: Dark Money by Jane Mayer Weaponized Lies: How to Think Critically in the Post-Truth Era by Daniel Levitin DISCLOSE Act: https://www.brennancenter.org/our-work/analysis-opinion/senate-must-pass-disclose-act Lobbyist Disclosure Act: https://lobbyingdisclosure.house.gov/lda.html Dr. Williams' Dissertation: https://www.proquest.com/openview/a7c7e6a100d4486e43816d468cafa7ff/1?pq-origsite=gscholar&cbl=18750&diss=y  Produced by Benjamin Nixon & Greg Williams Some music by Benjamin Nixon, and other Music by Zapsplat.com.
51:43
March 02, 2022
State Spotlight: The Future of Western Civilization Depends on PA (Part 4 of 5)
State Spotlight: The Future of Western Civilization Depends on PA (Part 4 of 5)
Episode recorded in 2021! Happy Valentine's Day, everyone. Nickolas Bartel, Benjamin Nixon, and Sarah Harmon all discuss various policies, legislation, and proposals in the state of PA which would affect the state of voting in the state of Pennsylvania. Dig in for some juicy policy discussions - "We can have a secure and accessible election!" (In this episode, we also find out about Nickolas's side hustle as a forensic document analyst.) Resources:  The Myth of Voter Fraud by Lorraine C. Minnete Bills discussed: PA 2021 House Bills 623, 366, 1270, 621, 853, and 892. Research and programming conducted exclusively by Nickolas Bartel. Production by Benjamin Nixon, Sarah Harmon, and Nickolas Bartel.
01:01:45
February 14, 2022
Vot-ER Seeks to Institutionalize and Normalize Voter Registration in Your Health Care Provider's Office
Vot-ER Seeks to Institutionalize and Normalize Voter Registration in Your Health Care Provider's Office
Vot-ER (Pronounced "Vote-E-R") Civic Health Fellow Tionya Lawrence, FNP-C, has an insightful and informative conversation with Student Voting Network Alum and MPH Candidate Erika Neal about the importance of voter registration and how contextualizing that process in a health care setting benefits all Americans. In this episode, they look at how easy it is for providers to get involved with Vot-ER's mission and how important it is for health care providers to advocate in civically-minded ways for the communities and patients they serve. Get started on Vot-ER's Webpage: https://vot-er.org/ Civic Health Month: https://www.civichealthmonth.org/ Vot-ER on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vot.er.org/ Vot-ER Civic Health Fellow Tionya Lawrence can be found on Instagram at jazzy_t_np Production, Editing, and Music by Benjamin Nixon.
20:55
January 31, 2022
State Spotlight: Everybody And Their Mother vs. Pennsylvania Secretary of State Boockvar (Part 3 of 5)
State Spotlight: Everybody And Their Mother vs. Pennsylvania Secretary of State Boockvar (Part 3 of 5)
Recorded in October 2021 - elections discussed in the beginning referred to the judicial elections in November of 2021 in PA. Still looking into Pennsylvania's election from 2020? We sure are! Learn a bit more about the archaic court cases utilized by opponents against Pennsylvania voting rights during the 2020 election. Familiar with Chase v Miller in 1862? Challengers to the mail-in and absentee ballot process sure are. Nick Bartel runs down all the fallacies and inconsistencies in the argument against Pennsylvania's free and fair elections. Echo chambers enter the conversation again. Shut off Newsmax and tune into your local newspaper. The malignant misleading mailer discussed in the episode is hyperlinked here. Here's a Law Blog in PA which covers various legal topics from across the state: https://pa-law-blogs.com/ If you're a student and want to join the Student Voting Network, you can join us here: bit.ly/svnslack If you want to find more resources about student voting in your state, check out Campus Vote Project's nationwide database for voting information: https://www.campusvoteproject.org/ Produced by Nickolas Bartel and Benjamin Nixon. Music and Editing by Benjamin Nixon.
49:35
January 24, 2022
Filibusted Without A Cause: Rage, Hope, and Dreams of Class Consciousness
Filibusted Without A Cause: Rage, Hope, and Dreams of Class Consciousness
Emma Godel moderates a conversation with students Jenna Greene, Sebastian Canales, Jayme Beasley, Jashaun Hyde, and Raymond Barber. They discuss President Biden's recent speech on ending the filibuster, Democratic and Republican strategy in messaging, where power rests in the halls of governance, racism masquerading as classism, and related topics. Things get spicy in this episode, so we'd advise discretion. Pres. Biden's Speech: https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/speeches-remarks/2022/01/11/remarks-by-president-biden-on-protecting-the-right-to-vote/ Senator Cory Booker's (D-NJ) Speech: https://www.c-span.org/video/?c4997583/sen-cory-booker-dont-lecture-jim-crow Senator Dan Sullivan's (R-AK) Speech: https://www.sullivan.senate.gov/newsroom/speeches/speech-voting-rights-and-the-senate-filibuster-011122 Statement from Arizona Democratic Party Chair Raquel Terán: https://twitter.com/azdemparty/status/1484949959128412161 Full Text, Shelby County v. Holder (2013): https://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/12pdf/12-96_6k47.pdf Understanding the Shelby County Decision: https://www.brennancenter.org/our-work/court-cases/shelby-county-v-holder Understanding the Freedom to Vote Act of 2021: https://whenweallvote.org/action/freedom-to-vote-act/ "Give Us the Ballot," by Martin Luther King, Jr.: https://kinginstitute.stanford.edu/king-papers/documents/give-us-ballot-address-delivered-prayer-pilgrimage-freedom "Letter from Birmingham Jail," by Martin Luther King, Jr.: https://www.csuchico.edu/iege/_assets/documents/susi-letter-from-birmingham-jail.pdf  Bills to Restrict Voting Rights In Michigan: https://www.michigan.gov/documents/sos/Summary_of_Bills_to_Restrict_Voting_Rights_722845_7.pdf Freedom to Vote Act Digital Toolkit (by Declaration for American Democracy): https://docs.google.com/document/d/1U1fOQChvRVf8k6S4c9IvQW5ukAp4ad_ZbCETHmHseeY/edit#heading=h.g3wa8zb6d38k "Ballot or the Bullet" by Malcolm X: http://www.edchange.org/multicultural/speeches/malcolm_x_ballot.html  Produced by Emma Godel and Benjamin Nixon. Music and Editing by Benjamin Nixon.
01:15:31
January 24, 2022
State Spotlight: Georgia's SB 202 On My Mind (Part 1 of 2)
State Spotlight: Georgia's SB 202 On My Mind (Part 1 of 2)
Campus Vote Project Student Advisory Board Members Gabriella Lewis and Jayme Beasley discuss how Georgia "flipping blue" might be a bit of a misnomer. What if we told you that it was a blueish-purple mirage with a reddish hue? You probably wouldn't be super shocked, but it's important to center the conversation here. They also discuss the jungle primary system in Georgia and analyze the classism intrinsic to Georgia's electoral power structures. Later in the program, Campus Vote Project Democracy Fellows Christina Williams and Crystal Hernandez discuss with moderator Jayme Beasley Georgia's contentious and controversial SB 202. You remember that one, right? It got Coca-Cola cancelled for a few days and drew national indignation. But what is in the legislation and, to use lawyer speech, qui bono? What have HBCU students done to offset sustained attacks on voter organizing in Georgia? Are any parts of the bill helpful for voters? There are shout-outs in this episode to Georgia State Coordinator Ciarra Malone of Campus Vote Project for all of her support of new students entering the voting rights space! If you're a student and want to join the Student Voting Network, you can join us here: bit.ly/svnslack If you want to find more resources about student voting in your state, check out Campus Vote Project's nationwide database for voting information: https://www.campusvoteproject.org/ Produced by Gabriella Lewis, Jayme Beasley and Benjamin Nixon. Music and Editing by Benjamin Nixon.
58:19
December 06, 2021
State Spotlight: Pennsylvania’s Resiliency to the Big Lie, QAnon, and Other Nonsense (Part 2 of 5)
State Spotlight: Pennsylvania’s Resiliency to the Big Lie, QAnon, and Other Nonsense (Part 2 of 5)
Recorded September 12, 2021. Part 2 of the 5-part sub-series on Voting in Pennsylvania. President of the Washington & Jefferson College Student Voting Coalition Nickolas Bartel is joined by Campus Vote Project Student Advisory Board Chair Benjamin Nixon to discuss the Big Lie, QAnon, and other nonsense. Echo chambers harsh our mellows, bruhbruh. Jean-Luc Picard makes a guest appearance. Mainstream media comes unglued and, as usual, falls short of requisite critical analysis we should expect from them.  Maxime Dafaure's "The Great Meme War": https://www.semanticscholar.org/paper/The-%E2%80%9CGreat-Meme-War%3A%E2%80%9D-the-Alt-Right-and-its-Enemies-Dafaure/ac2e2f036e7d921719589595ccf20a58e7f0fb34 If you're a student and want to join the Student Voting Network, you can join us here: bit.ly/svnslack If you want to find more resources about student voting in your state, check out Campus Vote Project's nationwide database for voting information: https://www.campusvoteproject.org/ Produced by Nickolas Bartel and Benjamin Nixon. Music and Editing by Benjamin Nixon.
37:40
October 25, 2021
It's Indigenous Peoples' Day! Let's Talk About Native Student Voting and More
It's Indigenous Peoples' Day! Let's Talk About Native Student Voting and More
Happy Indigenous Peoples' Day! The second Monday of October is Indigenous Peoples’ Day, and this year we are taking time to talk about the experiences and efforts of Native youth organizers when it comes to getting out the Native vote. Campus Vote Project Student Advisory Board member Kamryn Yanchick (Seminole/Mvskoke) is joined by Cordelia Falls Down (Apsáalooke /United Keetowah Band) and Brittany McKane (Mvskoke/Seminole) in this discussion covering topics such as the importance of cultural competency in voter outreach. On this Indigenous Peoples’ Day, listeners are encouraged to acknowledge the land they live on (Native-land.ca) and learn about how to be a better ally to the Native community around them. Kamryn Yanchick is a proud citizen of the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma and descendant of the Muscogee Nation. She is in her senior year at the University of Oklahoma studying political science and Native American studies with an emphasis in tribal governance and policy, pre-law. She first became involved in civic engagement organizing through serving multiple roles on the executive team of Oklahoma Votes at the University of Oklahoma. Currently, Kamryn is a member on the Campus Vote Project Student Advisory Board and serves as a Voter Registrar with Rock the Native Vote OKC. Brittany McKane is Mvskoke and Seminole, from Little Axe, Oklahoma. Brittany attends the University of Oklahoma and is majoring in Native American Studies and Anthropology, with a minor in Social Justice. She has served in various leadership campaigns and roles at both community and national levels. Engaging Native youth in trainings designed to activate this generation of leaders through organizational efforts is Brittany’s focus today and her continued work. Brittany currently works as a teacher’s aide at Sovereign Community School. You can find her on Instagram at @brittanyfaif. Cordelia Falls Down is a member of the Apsáalooke Nation and United Keetoowah Band. Her name is Biabaashíalebaaxpáash which translates to “Sacred Dream Woman” given to her by her grandfather Art Alden, a Vietnam veteran. Cordelia is from the Crow reservation of Montana but currently resides in Norman, OK where she completed a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a minor in Native American Studies at the University of Oklahoma. She is currently in graduate school to pursue a Masters in Native American Studies-Tribal Governance and Policy. Cordelia is also active with the Center for Native American Youth, serving on both the Democracy is Indigenous council as well as the Remembering our Sisters fellowship. If you're a student and want to join the Student Voting Network, you can join us here: bit.ly/svnslack If you want to find more resources about student voting in your state, check out Campus Vote Project's nationwide database for voting information: https://www.campusvoteproject.org/ Produced by Kamryn Yanchick and Benjamin Nixon. Music and Editing by Benjamin Nixon.
56:44
October 11, 2021
State Spotlight: In Defense of Pennsylvania's Act 77 (Part 1 of 5)
State Spotlight: In Defense of Pennsylvania's Act 77 (Part 1 of 5)
Okay, we get it, Act 77 is controversial. Senators, Congresspersons, your racist uncle, and pundits from around the country had an opinion about it. It just seems like mail-in voting was bipartisan until suddenly it wasn't. But what is Act 77 and how did it rise to the level of national prominence that it did? President of the Washington & Jefferson College Student Voting Coalition Nickolas Bartel is joined by Campus Vote Project Student Advisory Board Chair Benjamin Nixon to discuss the details of this legislation and how student voting - and voting writ large - was impacted positively by Act 77. Nickolas also moderates a discussion with Swarthmore College Campus Vote Project Democracy Fellows Lily Fournier and Frannie Richardson about how Act 77 played out in part at Swarthmore and how their organizing efforts were supported by administration and faculty. If you're a student and want to join the Student Voting Network, you can join us here: bit.ly/svnslack If you want to find more resources about student voting in your state, check out Campus Vote Project's nationwide database for voting information: https://www.campusvoteproject.org/ Produced by Nickolas Bartel and Benjamin Nixon. Music and Editing by Benjamin Nixon.
59:21
September 27, 2021
The Student Voting Bill of Rights
The Student Voting Bill of Rights
There is a need for student voters to organize and agitate for their own bill of rights as a result of historical and recent attempts by antagonistic actors to stymie the student vote. Restrictive voter ID laws, hostile elections officials, sometimes-indifferent college administrations, overworked students, record economic inequality, and a global pandemic have wreaked havoc on the ability of students to make their voices heard easily and reliably. American University Graduate Student Emma Godel speaks with Students Learn Students Vote Coalition Special Projects Director Eddy Zerbe about the Student Voting Bill of Rights and also moderates a conversation with students Maya Mahdi, Christyna Reagan, and Sebastian Canales about how this landmark policy could change the national voting rights landscape. Maya Mahdi is a Philosophy, Politics, and Economics major at Virginia Tech. She is the founder and Student Director of Hokie's Vote Caucus - Virginia Tech's first nonpartisan, student-led voting rights group aimed at institutionalizing voter education at Virginia Tech. Her Instagram is @maya.inc and her Twitter is @mermayamaids. Christyna Reagan is a Political Science and Gender Studies student at Eckerd College, working as the vice-chair of Eckerd’s chapter of FLPIRG Students and the co-coordinator of the chapter's New Voters Project. She works to engage all students at Eckerd College and hopes to work across the South to empower students from all backgrounds to use their voice. Her Instagram is @christ_y_na and her Twitter is @c_p_reagan. Sebastian Canales is a Junior majoring in Political Science at the Cleveland State University. He is a member of Campus Vote Project's Student Advisory Board. Sources: North Carolina Grants Voting Rights to Former Convicts: https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2021/08/23/north-carolina-grants-voting-rights/ Students Learn Students Vote Coalition website: slsvcoalition.org Student Voting Bill of Rights Text: https://slsvcoalition.org/student-voting-bill-of-rights/ CIRCLE's data on youth voter turnout: https://circle.tufts.edu/latest-research/half-youth-voted-2020-11-point-increase-2016 (with a focus on "Electoral Laws and Policies Shaped Youth Voter Turnout") If you're a student and want to join the Student Voting Network, you can join us here: bit.ly/svnslack If you want to find more resources about student voting in your state, check out Campus Vote Project's nationwide database for voting information: https://www.campusvoteproject.org/ Produced by Emma Godel and Benjamin Nixon. Music and Editing by Benjamin Nixon.
57:47
September 13, 2021
State Spotlight: Ohio's Coalition of Student Voters Are Democracy Devotees
State Spotlight: Ohio's Coalition of Student Voters Are Democracy Devotees
Campus Vote Project Student Advisory Board Member Sebastian Canales sits down for a chat with Ann Mastandrea and Samantha Montañez to discuss the state of democracy and student democratic engagement in Ohio. Among other important topics, they discuss the importance of high school civic engagement, the need for students to volunteer time and effort to normalize voting within peer groups, and the unique role Northeast Ohio played in their civic and democratic engagement journeys.  Samantha Montañez is a current graduate student at Ohio University. She graduated from Capital University in 2020 where she triple majored in criminology, sociology, and psychology. On the board of the Young Latino Network, she is a Cleveland native who serves as a fellow for the Cleveland Foundation's Public Service Fellowship. She is a member of the LGBTQ community. Ann Mastandrea is a first year Law and M.P.A. student at Cleveland State. They are also the Leadership Development Intern at the Cleveland Foundation where they help to advance and facilitate programming for leaders in public service. They're passionate about social justice and are hoping to leverage both their work and academic experiences to make a difference for their community, potentially in the world of public policy in the future! If you're a student and want to join the Student Voting Network, you can join us here: bit.ly/svnslack If you want to find more resources about student voting in your state, check out Campus Vote Project's nationwide database for voting information: https://www.campusvoteproject.org/ Produced by Sebastian Canales and Benjamin Nixon. Music and Editing by Benjamin Nixon.
58:04
August 29, 2021
Purdue's and Purdon'ts: Fast Times at Indiana's Second Largest University
Purdue's and Purdon'ts: Fast Times at Indiana's Second Largest University
Amanda Shie, rising senior and former Student Government Senator at Purdue University, sits down with Campus Vote Project Student Advisory Board Chair Benjamin Nixon to have a chat about Purdue University. Among other topics, they discuss challenges facing Purdue University's student government, mental health crises and the way in which they are handled by Purdue, former Governor of Indiana and Purdue University President Mitch Daniels, and Indiana's uniquely detrimental contributions to the voter identification politics of contemporary America.  Content warning: discussions about student suicide and self-harm National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 800-273-8255 Suicide Prevention Resource Center: https://www.sprc.org/ Want to learn more about Purdue's student culture? Follow @BlackatPurdue, @purdue_pisig, @virginsatpurdue, & @purdue_sg on Instagram! Want to read about some of the happenings at Purdue and in the Lafayette community recently? Check out the Purdue Exponent, Indiana's largest collegiate newspaper: https://www.purdueexponent.org/  If you're a student and want to join the Student Voting Network, you can join us here: bit.ly/svnslack If you want to find more resources about student voting in your state, check out Campus Vote Project's nationwide database for voting information: https://www.campusvoteproject.org/ Produced and edited by Benjamin Nixon.
59:30
August 10, 2021
The Filibuster vs. Democracy: Either Thou or I, or Both, Must Go
The Filibuster vs. Democracy: Either Thou or I, or Both, Must Go
Campus Vote Project Student Advisory Board Member Benjamin Nixon sits down with Fair Election Center President and CEO Robert M. Brandon. Bob has a few thoughts on ending the filibuster, the creepily repetitive doom that is voter suppression, Arizona's "Fraudit," and why they should all be struck into oblivion via damnatio memoriae. If you're an anti-civil rights activist, you're not gonna like where this conversation goes. If you're into advancing democracy, well, you're gonna wanna hear this. Want to Kill the Filibuster? Write an open editorial to your local paper: https://projects.iq.harvard.edu/files/hks-communications-program/files/new_seglin_how_to_write_an_oped_1_25_17_7.pdf Sign a petition or three: https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/sign-the-petition-eliminate-the-undemocratic-senate-filibuster Stay involved with the Fair Elections Center: https://www.fairelectionscenter.org If you're a student and want to join the Student Voting Network, you can join us here: bit.ly/svnslack If you want to find more resources about student voting in your state, check out Campus Vote Project's nationwide database for voting information: https://www.campusvoteproject.org/ Produced and edited by Benjamin Nixon.
08:60
July 01, 2021
The 26th Turns 50 (And Still Needs ID To Vote)!
The 26th Turns 50 (And Still Needs ID To Vote)!
"The right of citizens of the United States, who are eighteen years of age or older, to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of age." In this episode, student representatives from the Students Learn Students Vote Coalition, Campus Vote Project, the Student Voting Network, and the Andrew Goodman Foundation join together to share stories about the 26th Amendment and what it meant contemporaneously as well as concurrently.  CVP's Jenna Greene takes you back in time to relive the thoughts and emotions of young people, writing letters to their representatives, seeking greater representation during the tumult of the late 1960's and early 1970's. SLSV & CVP's Kassie Phebillo shares how people can engage with SLSV and its social media events celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the 26th Amendment. CVP Intern Kyah Probst moderates a discussion between CVP Democracy Fellow Alex Flowers, CVP Student Advisory Board Member Kamryn Yanchick, and CVP Democracy Fellow / Andrew Goodman Foundation Vote Everywhere Ambassador Christina Williams. President of Carnegie Mellon University's Graduate Student Assembly Divyansh Kaushik shares Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf's proclamation making April 27th a recognized day in the pantheon of Pennsylvania's democracy toolbelt. Join SLSV on Thursday July 1st from 2-3PM EST for a live Twitter chat, and engage with the resources below! You matter. Your vote matters. Your voice matters. Make it heard. Recommended resources and webpages for further review: CIRCLE Youth Vote 2020 Data: https://circle.tufts.edu/2020-election-center SLSV 26th Amendment Homepage: https://slsvcoalition.org/26th-amendment/ SLSV 26th Amendment Communications Toolkit: https://slsvcoalition.typeform.com/to/vTsaktDc SLSV Twitter Chat, Live on July 1st from 2-3PM, which you can find by following @SLSVCoalition on Twitter or by using #26ForThe26th, #26thAmendment, or #StudentVote 866OURVOTE.org. ENGLISH 866-OUR-VOTE / 866-687-8683 SPANISH/ENGLISH 888-VE-Y-VOTA / 888-839-8682 ASIAN LANGUAGES/ENGLISH 888-API-VOTE / 888-274-8683 ARABIC/ENGLISH 844-YALLA-US / 844-925-5287 If you're a student and want to join the Student Voting Network, you can join us here: bit.ly/svnslack If you want to find more resources about student voting in your state, check out Campus Vote Project's nationwide database for voting information: https://www.campusvoteproject.org/ A very special thank you to:  The University of Oklahoma's Carl Albert Congressional Research and Studies Center for sharing constituent letters.  SLSV Coalition, for tireless work in uplifting student voices.  All episode participants.  American Democracy, and the zealous defenders of it.  Produced by Jenna Greene, Benjamin Nixon, and Kyah Probst. Music and editing by Benjamin Nixon.
28:31
July 01, 2021
Dr. Thomas Grace Shares His Thoughts on Unionization, Fusion Voting, Mobilization Tactics, and Interpersonal Organizing
Dr. Thomas Grace Shares His Thoughts on Unionization, Fusion Voting, Mobilization Tactics, and Interpersonal Organizing
Recorded April 6th 2021. Campus Vote Project Student Advisory Board Member Benjamin Nixon speaks with Dr. Thomas M. Grace about declining rates of unionization and its broad impact on activism, the intertwinement of economic and social justice, fusion voting's ability to foment student power at the ballot box, and mobilization tactics organized labor can use to incorporate and maximize student voices. They delve into the history of the unionist-activist movement across several decades and look at ways students can learn from organizing successes and, more often, organizing failures. Dr. Grace is the author of "Kent State: Death and Dissent in the Long Sixties," where his experiences showed him firsthand the deadly dangers of student activism during the Vietnam Era. He is a professor of history at SUNY Erie Community College in New York, previously serving as a social worker and activist for over two decades. Produced and Edited by Benjamin Nixon. If you're a student and want to join the Student Voting Network, you can join us here: bit.ly/svnslack If you want to find more resources about student voting in your state, check out Campus Vote Project's nationwide database for voting information: https://www.campusvoteproject.org/
26:52
May 13, 2021
International Perspectives: Comparing Institutionalized Student (d)emocratic Engagement in Ireland and the United States
International Perspectives: Comparing Institutionalized Student (d)emocratic Engagement in Ireland and the United States
Episode recorded on April 2nd 2021. Catherine Arnold and Gillian O'Neill join Campus Vote Project Student Advisory Board Member Benjamin "Benjie-Boy" Nixon to explore topics including but not limited to the colonial underpinnings of gerrymandering in Ireland, the European Union's impact on Ireland's socioeconomic propensities, pestiferous political puritanism in online activist spaces, and the shortcomings of stanning politicians. Catherine Arnold is a student at Trinity College Dublin. She majors in sociology and minors in philosophy. As the National Labour Youth Gender Equality officer and co-chair to Labour LGBT, she not only adds unnecessary "u's" to the word "labor" but she also dips her fingers into countless proverbial political pies such as migrant rights, plastic pollution, the advancement of gender equity, and other important topics. She puts 90's litterbug public service announcements to shame. You can find her on Facebook - she's the Catherine Arnold with blond curly hair reminiscent of a labradoodle. Gillian O'Neill is a third year Law student at Trinity College Dublin, currently on her Erasmus year abroad at the University of Helsinki. She is Assistant Features Editor and a staff writer with The University Times, Ireland's largest and most successful student newspaper. She is interested in the intersection of politics and lifestyle, experimental baking, learning new languages (although don't ask her about her love-hate relationship with Duo) and cuddling her dog Alfie. You can find her on Twitter @gillianONeill_  If you're a student and want to join the Student Voting Network, you can join us here: bit.ly/svnslack If you want to find more resources about student voting in your state, check out Campus Vote Project's nationwide database for voting information: https://www.campusvoteproject.org/ Produced by Catherine Arnold, Gillian O'Neill, and Benjamin Nixon.  Edited by Benjamin Nixon.  Galway by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3795-galway License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license  Sounds from Zapsplat.com
54:45
April 10, 2021
State Spotlight: New Jersey's Primary Ballot Wasteland
State Spotlight: New Jersey's Primary Ballot Wasteland
Election law attorney Brett Pugach has an enlightening chat with Campus Vote Project Student Advisory Board Member Benjamin Nixon to discuss an undemocratic and arcane law which lends significant electoral advantages to New Jersey incumbents and those who fall in line with New Jersey's political party machinery. Redolent of the 19th- and 20th-century grift machine that was Tammany Hall, politicians' towing of "the county line" is integral to electoral success in New Jersey. Failure by New Jersey politicians to tow the line can result in metaphysical exile to Ballot Siberia - and an almost certain electoral defeat. Students are disempowered by this policy because it reduces the diversity of candidates and the ability of insurgent candidates to mount effective campaigns against incumbents. Brett has some ideas on how to fix the broken ballot and restore equitable democracy in the state, but are the party apparatchiks ready for what he has in store? If you're a student and want to join the Student Voting Network, you can join us here: bit.ly/svnslack If you want to find more resources about student voting in your state, check out Campus Vote Project's nationwide database for voting information: https://www.campusvoteproject.org/ Recommended Readings: https://rutgerslawreview.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/72_Rutgers_Univ_L_Rev_0629_Pugach.pdf  https://www.njpp.org/publications/report/toeing-the-line-new-jersey-primary-ballots-enable-party-insiders-to-pick-winners/  https://prospect.org/politics/can-progressives-change-new-jersey/  https://www.njpp.org/publications/report/does-the-county-line-matter-an-analysis-of-new-jerseys-2020-primary-election-results/  Music, production, and editing by Benjamin Nixon  Beach sound effects obtained from https://www.zapsplat.com 
23:29
March 19, 2021
Voter Pre-Registration, Dark Money Removal, and (d)emocratic Institutionalization: We Really Need To Talk About HR1
Voter Pre-Registration, Dark Money Removal, and (d)emocratic Institutionalization: We Really Need To Talk About HR1
Recorded on March 5th 2021  Campus Vote Project Intern Emma Godel moderates a conversation between CVP Student Advisory Board Members Katya Ehresman & Kevin Ballen as well as Democracy Fellows Jeremy Johnson & Raymond Barber to discuss HR1. If passed by the Senate, HR1 - the For the People Act of 2021 - would represent one of the most significant advancements of voting rights since 18-year-olds became legally allowed to vote (by constitutional amendment, might we add) or the Voting Rights Act of 1965 was signed into law. Stirrings of meaningful institutionalized civic engagement on college campuses, same-day voter registration, improved student access to ballot boxes, removal of dark money from politics, buttressing of ethics rules in politics, oh my! But what hurdles does it face? Does it go too far, or perhaps not far enough? Is student voting actually sexy, or are you just a try-hard for trying to get people to vote? Students weigh in.  If you're a student and want to join the Student Voting Network, you can join us here: bit.ly/svnslack If you want to find more resources about student voting in your state, check out Campus Vote Project's nationwide database for voting information: https://www.campusvoteproject.org/  Other HR1 informational guides:  https://www.brennancenter.org/our-work/policy-solutions/annotated-guide-people-act-2021  https://my.lwv.org/california/diablo-valley/article/summary-hr-1-people-act  Pertinent voting rights and election finance caselaw:  Crawford v. Marion County Election Board (2008),  Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission (2010),  Shelby County v. Holder (2013),  Husted v. A. Philip Randolph Institute (2018),  Rucho v. Common Cause (2019),  Seila Law LLC v. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (2020),  Brnovich v. Democratic National Committee (2021),  Recommended readings: Anoll, A., & Israel-Trummel, M. (2019). Do felony disenfranchisement laws (de) mobilize? A case of surrogate participation. The Journal of Politics, 81(4), 1523-1527. Uncounted: The Crisis of Voter Suppression in America by Gilda R. Daniels,  Hasen, R. L. (2020). Three pathologies of American voting rights illuminated by the COVID-19 pandemic, and how to treat and cure them. Election Law Journal: Rules, Politics, and Policy, 19(3), 263-288. https://doi.org/10.1089/elj.2020.0646 ,  Kelly, J. (2012). The strategic use of prisons in partisan gerrymandering. Legislative Studies Quarterly, 37(1), 117-134.  The Myth of Voter Fraud by Lorraine C. Minnite  Produced by Emma Godel, Kevin Ballen, Raymond W. Barber, Jeremy Johnson, Katya Ehresman, and Benjamin Nixon  Music & Editing by Benjamin Nixon
41:05
March 09, 2021
HBCU's and Contemporary Trends in Black Academia: Solidarity and Justice
HBCU's and Contemporary Trends in Black Academia: Solidarity and Justice
Recorded on February 26th 2021  Campus Vote Project Democracy Fellows Ahmad Mitchell of the Community College of Philadelphia, Jashaun Hyde of Virginia State University, Kayla Michelle of Northern Virginia Community College, and Raymond Barber of University of Detroit Mercy join together for a conversation about building and defending Black student solidarity, combating ingrained vestiges of white supremacy in American culture and educational spaces, and the role historically Black colleges and universities play in promoting Black excellence, among other topics. Recommended Literature/Film on Race: Color of Law - Richard Rothstein  13th - Ava DuVernay  Another Brooklyn - Jaqueline Woodson  Racial Contract - Charles W. Mills  White Like Me - Tim Wise  The Case for Reparations - Ta-Nehisi Coates  If you're a student and want to join the Student Voting Network, you can join us here: bit.ly/svnslack If you want to find more resources about student voting in your state, check out Campus Vote Project's nationwide database for voting information: https://www.campusvoteproject.org/ Produced by Raymond W. Barber, Kayla Michelle, Jashaun "Raymond W. Barber" Hyde, Erika Neal, Ahmad Mitchell, and Benjamin Nixon  Edited by Benjamin Nixon    Intro and Outro Song:  Modern Jazz Samba by Kevin MacLeod  Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4063-modern-jazz-samba  License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license    Middle Song:  Track: Lost Sky - Vision [NCS Release]  Music provided by NoCopyrightSounds.  Watch: https://youtu.be/7RU1l8GtGOc  Free Download / Stream: http://ncs.io/VisionID 
01:24:54
February 28, 2021
From Intern To Professional: Evolution of the Student Organizer
From Intern To Professional: Evolution of the Student Organizer
Recorded on February 5th 2021 CVP Student Advisory Board Members Erika Neal, Anna Connole, and Benjamin Nixon discuss how to turn organizing skills into a career. Topics include but are not limited to pertinent resume length, when keeping it real in an interview goes wrong, and tips about mindfulness during the application process.  If you're a student and want to join the Student Voting Network, you can join us here: bit.ly/svnslack If you want to find more resources about student voting in your state, check out Campus Vote Project's nationwide database for voting information: https://www.campusvoteproject.org/ Produced by Erika Neal, Anna Connole, and Benjamin Nixon. Music and editing by Benjamin Nixon.
58:21
February 08, 2021
SVNCast Gets Inaugurated
SVNCast Gets Inaugurated
Recorded on January 8th 2021 Campus Vote Project (CVP) Student Advisory Board Members Erika Neal & Benjamin Nixon join CVP intern Emma Godel and CVP Democracy Fellow Nick Bartel to discuss the Student Voting Network, the January 6th Insurrection & historicity of insurrectionism in the United States, what they're looking forward to in the coming weeks in the Student Voting Network, and how students can get involved in a nationwide digital organizing space. If you're a student and want to join the SVN, you can join us here: bit.ly/svnslack! If you want to find more resources about student voting in your state, check out Campus Vote Project's nationwide database for voting information: https://www.campusvoteproject.org/ Programming by Emma Godel, Nick Bartel, Erika Neal, and Benjamin Nixon Production, music, and editing by Benjamin Nixon
59:34
February 08, 2021