June 23, 2020

EP. 167 — How Can We Shablam on Voter Suppression? with Stacey Abrams

Voting rights activist, author, lawyer, and politician Stacey Abrams joins Jonathan to discuss the history of voting rights in the United States, the current state of voter suppression, and how we can work towards fair voting and a robust civic engagement.

Abrams served in the Georgia House of Representatives from 2007 to 2017, and as minority leader from 2011 to 2017. In 2018, she became the first Black woman to run as a major-party gubernatorial nominee in the US. She is the founder of Fair Fight, an organization that works to ensure every American has a voice in our legal system, and Fair Count, which advocates for accuracy in the 2020 Census and greater participation in civic engagement.

Follow Leader Abrams on Twitter and Instagram @staceyabrams, learn more about Fair Fight here and Fair Count here, and find her book Our Time Is Now here.

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JVN [00:00:00] Welcome to Getting Curious. I’m Jonathan Van Ness and every week I sit down for a 40 minute conversation with a brilliant expert to learn all about something that makes me curious. On today’s episode, I’m joined by Stacey Abrams, voting rights advocate and former minority leader of Georgia’s House of Representatives, where I ask her: How can we shablam on voter suppression? Welcome to “Getting Curious,” this is Jonathan Van Ness, I’m so excited for this, our guest, and it’s, sometimes, I talk about how it’s weird to say excited about, you know, anything in these times. There’s so much to keep up with and so much to. Yeah, there’s just so much to keep up with and be mad about sometimes. But I’m so excited that our guest is here, so welcome to “Getting Curious,” Stacey Abrams. How are you?  STACEY ABRAMS [00:00:51] I am well, thank you so much, Jonathan, for having me.  JVN [00:00:54] Well, thank you so much

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