Democracy Matters - Episode 50: 'Democracy Is an Act'


SUMMARY: The JMU Civic & Dukes Vote team reflects on 2020 and discusses what more they would do to strengthen democracy.

In an essay published posthumously, civil rights icon and Member of Congress John Lewis, wrote, “Democracy Is Not A State. It Is An Act.” The team at the James Madison Center for Civic Engagement reflects on 2020 and our nonpartisan efforts to promote informed electoral participation, ensure a complete count in the 2020 Census and create opportunities for people to learn about and take on action on the problems they care about most. The team also shares what more they would do to strengthen democracy.

2020 Team: Abe Goldberg, Carah Ong Whaley, Logan Zeigler, Angelina Clapp, Diego Salinas, Sarah Gully, Emily Baker, Anna Connole, Charlie Conner, Kyle Ford, Nadia Khaydari, Nikki Oppenheimer, Drew Persinger, Ryan Ritter, Katrina Tilley, Mary Tolentino, Kyel Towler, and Katelyn Waltemyer

Music in this Episode:

  • "Wait here for it" by Sleepaway Camp
  • "Do you ever wonder" by Sleepaway Camp
  • "Sometimes it Shines by Pictures of a Floating World
  • "Softspeak" by Siarate

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Published: Monday, January 4, 2021

Last Updated: Thursday, January 28, 2021

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