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Tag: Voting

Part II: One for the Money, Two for the Show…

Last week, I wrote a blog post questioning some of the conclusions that were presented in the Stanford Social Innovation Review series of articles focused on increasing voter turnout. My central critique of these works is the lack of focus on (or even acknowledgement of) the 16 new restrictions, aimed at... more

One for the Money, Two for the Show

With election season in full swing, things are getting pretty hairy: metaphorical (and not so metaphorical) punches have been thrown, a projected $10 billion will be spent and the circus has comfortably settled down in town. But are the players going “full out” for a meager house? Despite massive... more

Post-Election Wake-Up Call

In the wake of Tuesday’s elections, I was left wondering how many nonprofits had registered and turned out voters. This year’s midterms will probably be remembered for the apparent contradiction of progressive ballot measures winning alongside conservative legislators. But this election should be remembered for the... more

Nonprofit Vote on Election Day

There's less than 24 hours until Election Day kicks off tomorrow morning. Since Building Movement Project believes that nonprofit organizations should serve as robust sites of democratic practice, we're encouraging all our nonprofit friends to check out Nonprofit Vote for info on how you can help get members of your community to the polls tomorrow. more

Women of SNCC: Passing the Torch, Preserving the Flame


On Sunday, January 15th more than 60 Detroit area women and girl activists and advocates representing a variety of causes and racial ethnic groups, gathered to celebrate the historic role of women in the fight for peace and justice. Hosted by the Building Movement Project Detroit and the M.L.K. Day 2012 Committee, the event honored five women members of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Council (SNCC) with family ties rooted in Detroit. Sharing personal stories documented in the book “Hands on the Freedom Plow”, younger women and next generation activists were transported back to the pre- Civil Rights days of terror and oppression as experienced by African Americans, especially those who were caught in the exploitative share cropping system. The women spoke of the courage and vision of many of those community members who braved retaliation and the threat of death simply to register and vote. more

Webinar: Nonprofits Increase Voter Participation—New Research from the Field

Learn about exciting new evidence documenting the impact nonprofits have when they talk to their clients and constituents about voting. Professor Kelly LeRoux will discuss a new study that tracked the outcomes of nonprofit service providers that contacted their clients/constituents about voting. more

A Powerful Tool to Get Low-Income Voters to the Ballot Box

This recent Yes! Magazine article, written by our friends at Demos, describes how we can help bridge the gap in voter participation by enforcing an already existing law that links voter registration to public assistance programs. more

Voter Participation for Nonprofits

Register now for The Nonprofit Voter Engagement Network's special web training event: "Voter Participation for Nonprofits." The webinar will review best practices for conducting voter registration, education, and get out the vote activities at your agency or in your community. more

Nonprofit Voter Engagement Network

NVEN says that, "communities served by nonprofits were the highest turn-out groups at the 2008 presidential election polls." The organization recently released a report titled, America Goes to the Polls: A Report on Voter Turnout in the 2008 Election, which provides a great analysis of voter turnout in the states and among various constituencies. Visit their website to download the resource and to learn more. more

Project Team Members React to Obama’s Win

Building Movement Project Team Members from across the nation share their reactions, experiences and perspectives on the recent historical election of President-elect, Barack Obama. more