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(2016/03/15) Rolling back our voting rights (Elections)

March 15, 201675 min
Edition #998
Today we look at a variety of problems plaguing our elections from gerrymandering to restrictive laws intended to make it difficult for people to vote to our aging and deeply problematic electronic voting machines
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Show Notes
Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill
00:00:30 Ch. 2: Act 1: Why America needs nonpartisan elections - Open Primaries - Air Date: 10-20-15
Ch. 3: Song 1: We the People (feat. Chief Xcel) - Lateef the Truthspeaker

00:03:13 Ch. 4: Act 2: .@MicheleJawando on the Voting Rights Act at 50 - @TalkPoverty Radio - Air Date: 8-6-15
Ch. 5: Song 2: Going Home - Niklas Aman

00:11:46 Ch. 6: Act 3: Gerrymandering by race in South Carolina - @DecodeDC - Air Date 2-25-16
Ch. 7: Song 3: We the people - Chuck Brown & The Soul Searchers

00:17:35 Ch. 8: Act 4: 16 States Face New Voting Restrictions in First Election in 50 Years Without Full Voting Rights Act - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 02-29-16
Ch. 9: Song 4: Vote - Jefferson Coker

00:29:05 Ch. 10: Act 5: Lawrence Norden on the Real Problems with Digital Voting Machines - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date: 10-10-15
Ch. 11: Song 5: The System - Abscondo

00:40:21 Ch. 12: Act 6: Nationwide Mobilization to Protect the Vote via @DemAwakening - Best of the Left Activism
Ch. 13: Song 6: This Fickle World - Theo Bard

00:43:40 Ch. 14: Act 7: Voting - @LastWeekTonight w/ @iamjohnoliver - Air Date: 02-15-16

00:58:41 Ch. 15: Where and how people live has a big impact on a person's life - Rick from Scranton, PA
01:00:45 Ch. 16: A perspective on post-scarcity economics - Megan from North Carolina
01:03:16 Ch. 17: What needs to happen in civil conversation - Anthony from Illinois
01:05:12 Ch. 18: Apple's business model - Ronald from Baltimore
Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics

01:06:07 Ch. 19: Final comments on the confluence of digital privacy and Apple's business model
Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone

Visit to sign up as a volunteer to help organize this event or to participate in April. 
Follow @DemAwakening on Twitter and on Facebook for the latest updates on the campaign. 
Engage with the movement to restore the Voting Rights Act via #RestoretheVRA on social media.
Sources/further reading:
"Voting Rights - and Wrongs: We're in the midst of the biggest rollback of the rights to vote since Jim Crow" (via Sojourners)
"North Carolina Exemplifies National Battles Over Voting Laws" (via The New York Times)
"Six Pieces of a Real Democracy Movement We've Never Had Before" (via HuffPost Politics) 
Written by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman.

Produced by Jay! Tomlinson
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