"Democracy is not a spectator sport, it’s a participatory event. If we don’t participate in it, it ceases to be a democracy."

How Easy Is It To Vote In Your State?

September 24, 2018

The right to vote is enshrined in the Constitution, but how to exercise that right differs across the country. From registration deadlines to IDs, states make a number of decisions that together create a voting system more convenient or burdensome for their residents. These decisions can go on to influence whether a ballot is cast at all.

Via: Washington Post

Six Siblings Of Congressman Endorse Opponent

September 23, 2018

”The moral and ethics of these siblings have trumped, so to speak, what would normally be the loyalty of a family, and that’s something to be applauded in the hopes that this will spread across America so that we know the answer to the question, ‘What is America gonna stand for?'” said political strategist Peter Emerson.

Via: NBC News

Democracy Will Still Surprise Us

September 22, 2018

Democracy is stubborn. It raises our gaze. It is the system that best enshrines the unshakable human desire to be free. Athens reminds us of that. America reminds us of that. It fails. It falls short of John Winthrop’s “city upon a hill.” It strives still to fail better.

Via: New York Times

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Jeff Bridges’ Urgent Warning: Trump Must Inspire Us To ‘Take Action’

September 23, 2018

“With religious folks, there are many things that can draw people to take action,” Bridges says. “We should be custodians of our planet. Didn’t the Bible say that? Whatever brings us to the party, man. But bottom line, we should engage—not only by voting, and this is a very important election coming up, but also personally.”

Via: Daily Beast

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A Democrat Could Really Win A Senate Race In Tennessee Or Mississippi

September 22, 2018

Republicans don’t have a lot of exposure in the Senate this year — but they’re doing what they can to help Democrats make the most of it. In Tennessee, former Dem governor Phil Bredesen has a slight lead over GOP Rep Marsha Blackburn. And Mississippi Sen Thad Cochran’s early retirement gives Democrats a plausible chance at a pickup there.

Via: Five Thirty Eight

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The Flimsy Rationale Of Non Voters

September 24, 2018

Tennessee is 50th in voting and 40th in voter registration. BriteHeart is determined to help citizens see the relevancy of their vote and get to the polls this November 6th, so that we can turn these dreadful statistics around. To that end, we decided to take a look at the most popular excuses people used, according to Pew Research, to NOT vote in 2016 and see if they hold up in retrospect.


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Leadership: In Turbulent Times – Doris Kearns Goodwin

In this culmination of five decades of acclaimed studies in presidential history, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Doris Kearns Goodwin offers an illuminating exploration of the early development, growth, and exercise of leadership.

Via: Goodreads

Physical Disobedience: An Unruly Guide to Health and Stamina for the Modern Feminist – Sarah Hays Coomer

Even as a wave of renewed feminism swells, too many women continue to starve, stuff, overwork, or neglect our bodies in pursuit of paper-thin ideals. “Fitness” has been co-opted by the beauty industry. We associate it with appearance when we should associate it with power.

Grounded in advocacy with a rowdy, accessible spirit, Physical Disobedience asserts that denigrating our bodies is, in practice, an act of submission to inequality.

One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression Is Destroying Our Democracy – Carol Anderson

In her New York Times bestseller White Rage, Carol Anderson laid bare an insidious history of policies that have systematically impeded black progress in America, from 1865 to our combustible present. With One Person, No Vote, she chronicles a related history: the rollbacks to African American participation in the vote since the 2013 Supreme Court decision that eviscerated the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Via: Goodreads

These Truths: A History Of The United States – Jill Lepore

Award-winning historian Jill Lepore offers a magisterial account of the origins and rise of a divided nation. The American experiment rests on three ideas―“these truths,” Jefferson called them―political equality, natural rights, and the sovereignty of the people. And it rests, too, “on a dedication to inquiry, fearless and unflinching,” writes Lepore in a groundbreaking investigation into the American past that places truth itself at the center of the nation’s history.

Via: Goodreads

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A Greater Society

September 15, 2018

Sometimes power exists where you least expect it: It’s the 2014 midterm elections and residents of a South Florida retirement community feel the weight of democracy on their shoulders. In one of the most influential counties of America’s largest swing state, these political kingmakers trade their golf clubs for clipboards and hit the pavement to get out the vote.


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I’m a Dream – Seinabo Sey

September 15, 2018

Seinabo Sey, the daughter of Gambian musician Maudo Sey, lost her father in 2013. She dedicated a 2015 EP to him, and I’m a Dream includes “Never Get Used To,” a song about how grief hollows out everything around the mourner, from inside out. “I sing because you told me to, and then I stop because it sounds just like you,” she sings, and you really do hear their shared cadences.