The 26th Amendment 50 Years Later

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the passing of the 26th Amendment.  Enacted in 1971, the 26th amendment grants the right to vote to all Americans, 18  years  and older and is one of a series of amendments enacted to protect the right of every American to be represented in government. In a time…

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Carrying on John Lewis’ Vision

This week’s blog is a reprint of a piece from USF Foghorn’s April issue, entitled “Why We Need the John Lewis Voting Rights Act”. Two of our USFVOTES students, Harlan Crawford and Metyia Philipps, cowrote the article, examining the bill’s genesis and its influence on future elections. Read on for both Harlan’s and Metyia’s outlook…

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Post Election Resilience

USFVotes has led the way in making USF a leader in the nation for new voter registration having reached the 10,000 student registration milestone this month. With the election only days away, this serves as encouragement for increased participation among youth voters. In addition to the importance of voting, USFVotes recognizes the emotional impact that comes with being…

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Aaron McNelis

Public Service Amid COVID-19

Our McCarthy Fellow in San Francisco, Aaron McNelis, shares his experiences currently as a Fellow with San Francisco District 1 Supervisor, Sandra Lee Fewer, the navigation of the Board of Supervisors in the context of COVID-19, and his commitment to public service to create systemic change in a pivotal election year.  When I began my…

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Living Out Our Constitution

Constitution Day commemorates the September 17, 1787 signing of the United States Constitution. As we mark Constitution Day, the importance of the Constitution as a living document hold true today. With an election, a pandemic and a reckoning on the disparities against Black bodies, a conversation of how these all intersect is vital. Check out…

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100 years since the 19th Ammendment

Earlier this week, on August 18, we celebrated the ratification of the 19th Amendment in 1920, which granted women the right to vote in the United States. Our road to women’s suffrage was hard-won, but also complicated and deeply flawed. As White women like Susan B. Anthony, Alice Paul, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton marched the streets with banners…

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