Bilan Jama is currently a Fellow at the Albert Shanker Institute in Washington, D.C. She is a M.A. candidate in Educational Transformation with a concentration in Advocacy & Policy at Georgetown University. She has a B.A. in International Studies from Virginia Tech. She was a 2015 corps member of Teach For America, and has worked as a science and social studies teacher in Houston, Texas. She has also worked as a Research Analyst for Fairfax County Government where she produced a hidden history project for the Neighborhood and Community Services department. The purpose of the project was to understand the role of public policy in contributing to racial disproportionalities of minority populations in Fairfax County, Virginia.
Today, American democracy is in crisis, and voter suppression is at the center of that crisis. There is ample evidence that it has been used to thwart the democratic will of “we the people” in a different states and in a number of recent elections. Our panel gathers not to belabor the self-evident – that voter suppression is morally wrong and injurious to democracy – but to discuss, from a variety of perspectives, what we should be doing to end it.Wednesday, January 9, 2019, noon to 2:00, 555 New Jersey Ave, NW, Washington, D.C. More information and registration.