The Future of Court Reform
March 1, 2022
The Equal Democracy Project co-sponsored a moderated panel event with the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the Harvard Kennedy School and the Election Law Clinic at Harvard Law School. The panel featured Jamal Greene (Professor of Law, Columbia Law School), Christopher Kang (Cofounder and Chief Counsel, Demand Justice), and Maya Sen (Professor of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School), and was moderated by Guy-Uriel Charles (Charles Ogletree, Jr. Professor of Law, Harvard Law School, member of the Presidential Commission on the Supreme Court of the United States).
A recording of the event is available here.
The State of Redistricting and the 2022 Elections
December 8, 2021
The Equal Democracy Project co-sponsored a moderated panel event with the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the Harvard Kennedy School. The panel featured Mitchell Brown (Counsel, Voting Rights, Southern Coalition for Social Justice), Cathy Duvall (Managing Consultant, Fair Representation in Redistricting), Colleen Mathis (former Chair of the Independent Redistricting Commission of Arizona), and Ben Schneer (Assistant Professor of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School), and was moderated by Nicholas Stephanopoulos (Kirkland & Ellis Professor, Harvard Law School, member of EDP’s Advisory Board).
A recording of the event is available here.
Equal Democracy Project Op-Ed in The Crimson: President Bacow, Implement Democracy Day
April 20, 2021
Equal Democracy Project’s President, Mark Haidar, published an op-ed in The Crimson urging President Bacow to implement Democracy Day. To access the op-ed, click here.
President Bacow, we call on you to institutionalize Democracy Day in 2022 and beyond. For one day of the academic calendar, Harvard should commit itself to taking the civic lessons taught inside its classrooms and applying them towards civic action to benefit the community. Only then can Harvard make good on its mission “to educate citizens and citizen leaders.”
Equal Democracy Project in The Crimson: Hundreds Sign Letter Asking Harvard to Designate Election Day as University-Wide ‘Democracy Day’
April 8, 2021
Equal Democracy Project’s campaign to push President Bacow to institute Democracy Day, a Harvard-wide, instruction-free day of civic action on Election Day, was featured in The Crimson. To access the article, click here.
Equal Democracy Project in The Crimson: Harvard Law School Organizations Petition to Denounce Professor Adrian Vermeule’s ‘Highly Offensive’ Online Rhetoric
January 13, 2021
The Equal Democracy Project was quoted by The Crimson regarding our decision to sign onto a statement with other student organizations denouncing Harvard Law School Professor Adrian Vermeule’s harmful rhetoric around democracy and the 2020 General Election. To access the article, click here, and our full statement to The Crimson is below:
The Equal Democracy Project firmly believes that a truly equal democracy requires well-intentioned discourse, mutual respect, and trust in the procedures and institutions of government. Our organization signed onto the letter as we were particularly concerned that a member of the Harvard Law School faculty was contributing to the deterioration of our democracy, bolstered by his HLS pedigree and status as a well-known scholar in administrative law. While we recognize that Harvard affiliates speak on myriad matters, and that expressing differing opinions is crucial to both academic and democratic discourse, Professor Vermeule’s baseless suggestions of election fraud go beyond the pale of opining and merit condemnation.
A few minutes of browsing on our website makes clear that our democracy is not yet perfect—there are indeed many issues to tackle as we all continue to strive for a more responsive, more inclusive, and more accountable government. However, baseless and intentionally inflammatory accusations and insinuations do more harm than good. They pull at the seams of the democracy we have and threaten to undo the progress our country has made since its founding. We have seen in the past week the dangers posed by the deterioration of norms and institutions. Thus, we sincerely hope that all participants in our public square will work to build up, rather than tear down, the pillars of democracy.
Safe and Fair Elections: A Conversation with Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman
October 6, 2020
The Equal Democracy Project and the Harvard Law School West Coast Club were thrilled to host an event with Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman to speak to Washington’s long history of vote by mail and its preparations for a safe and fair election in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic. You can access the recording of the event here.
Equal Democracy Project featured in Harvard Law Today
September 24, 2020
The Equal Democracy Project was interviewed for Harvard Law Today about our founding, our voter registration work this semester and beyond, and why we think it’s so important to exercise your right to vote. Read it here!
Equal Democracy Project joins MA Safe Elections Network
September 16, 2020
Check us out on Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review‘s Podcast!
February 11, 2020
Interested in hearing about how the Equal Democracy Project got started and what we’ve got planned for the future? Our president Mark Haidar was interviewed for the latest episode of the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review’s podcast, Taking Liberties. Check it out! Link here.
Equal Democracy Project’s Public Launch
January 21, 2020
On January 21, 2020, the Equal Democracy Project had our Public Launch at HLS! Check out the slides below.