As part of MoFo’s ongoing celebration of Black History Month, our San Francisco office hosted a panel discussion about voting rights and voter suppression on February 16.
- Henry Brown, Director of Attorney Training, Morrison & Foerster
- Christina Livingston, Executive Director, Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment
- Robert Rubin, Senior Counsel, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights
Following Henry’s opening remarks, Robert spoke about voting rights on the federal level and the role of race in voter suppression, underscoring the central role voting plays in a democracy.
“Voting rights are critical,” according to Robert, because “all of our rights depend on voting rights.”
Christina spoke about her experiences as a community organizer and her first-hand experience working on voter registration and voter engagement. One of the biggest challenges, she noted, is understanding the voting ballot. Complicated in nature, ballots can pose a serious obstacle for voters who don’t speak English.
She also stressed the need to engage voters on an individual level, as the lack of personal engagement is a major deterrent to voting in voter suppressed communities.
Robert Rubin, Senior Counsel, Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights; Christina Livingston, Executive Director, Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment; and Henry Brown, Director of Attorney Training, Morrison & Foerster