Now As Then

Students in the CAST minor, in collaboration with the Program in Peacebuilding and the Arts, and the Politics Department present:

Now As Then: We Who Believe in Freedom Cannot Rest

As we anticipated in the “Now as Then: We Who Believe in Freedom Cannot Rest” series in the fall of 2015, US Supreme Court’s decision to seriously abridge the protections of the Voting Rights Act has indeed led to the disenfranchisement of voters from communities of color. Learn about what has been happening in Arizona and North Carolina:

Events Focusing Creative Attention on the Struggle for Voting Rights

We explored songs and stories surrounding the passage of the Voting Rights Act in 1963, and considered actions we can take today in the face of the 2013 Supreme Court decision that annulled the key provision of the Voting Rights Act and "put a dagger into the heart" of the law.

Workshop with Jane Wilburn Sapp
A group of students talks around a piano

Video: "Time to Act" - A Workshop Composition with Jane Sapp

Watch a video of a song about racial discrimination and voting rights in the U.S. written and performed by a group of Brandeis students in the songwriting workshop with cultural worker, musician, organizer and educator Jane Sapp.

Songs and Stories of the Struggle for Voting Rights

Understanding the struggle for voting rights in song and story presented by Jane Wilburn Sapp, with comments from Dan Kryder, Politics Department

An actor stands on stage with a gunScene from Selma ’65, by Catherine Filloux.
Photo credit: Steven Schreiber

Selma ’65

Performance by Marietta Hedges of Catherine Filloux’s Selma ’65, a one-woman play retelling the complex story of Viola Liuzzo, a white voting rights activist who was killed in Selma in 1965, and the FBI informant who was with the Klan the night she was assassinated. Followed by:

Catherine Filloux's one-woman play Selma ’65 is in remembrance of the 50th anniversary of the Selma Voting March. The play received its world premiere from September 25th to October 12th, 2014 for a 16-performance run at La MaMa, where Filloux is a resident artist. Read more about Selma ’65 and Catherine Filloux's recent Planet Activist Award.

Read reflection from Brontë Velez ’16 on the event series.

Recognizing that 2016 will be the first presidential election in fifty years when all or part of 16 states will not be required to seek federal approval for changes in voter regulations we are asking: