The battle for the right to vote and the 2022 half-terms


the Reverend Dr. William J. Barber is the national chair of Repairers of the Breach and co-chair of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival. He is the author of several books, including “Revive Us Again”, released in 2018, and “We Are Called to Be a Movement”, in 2020. Barber is a pastor at Greenleaf Christian Church, Disciples of Christ, in Goldsboro, North Carolina; Visiting Professor of Public Theology and Activism at Union Theological Seminary; and an ordained bishop under the colleges of bishops in the community of affirmation ministries. In 2018 he received a MacArthur Fellowship.

Janai Nelson became president and director-attorney of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, in 2022, having served as its associate director since 2014. Founded by Thurgood Marshall, the LDF has fought for racial justice and equality for more than four- twenty years. Nelson was previously Associate Dean for Faculty Scholarships and Associate Director of the Ronald H. Brown Center for Civil Rights and Economic Development at St. John’s University School of Law. She is the author of “Parsing Partisanship and Punishment: An Approach to Partisan Gerrymandering and Race”, published by the New York University Law Journal.

Jelani Cobb contributed to the new yorker since 2012, and became editor in 2015. He is co-editor of the anthology “The Matter of Black Lives: Writing from the new yorkerand the author of “The Substance of Hope: Barack Obama and the Paradox of Progress.” A professor at the Columbia School of Journalism, he won the 2015 Sidney Hillman Award for Opinion and Analytical Journalism and the 2017 Walter Bernstein Award, from the Writers Guild of America, East.

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