Our Time Is Now: Power, Purpose, and the Fight for a Fair America

Our Time Is Now: Power, Purpose, and the Fight for a Fair America

by Stacey Abrams

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Overview

"With each page, she inspires and empowers us to create systems that reflect a world in which all voices are heard and all people believe and feel that they matter."Kerry Washington

"This is a narrative that describes the urgency that compels me and millions more to push for a different American story than the one being told today. It's a story that is one part danger, one part action, and all true. It's a story about how and why we fight for our democracy and win."
Stacey Abrams

Celebrated national leader and bestselling author Stacey Abrams offers a blueprint to end voter suppression, empower our citizens, and take back our country. A recognized expert on fair voting and civic engagement, Abrams chronicles a chilling account of how the right to vote and the principle of democracy have been and continue to be under attack. Abrams would have been the first African American woman governor, but experienced these effects firsthand, despite running the most innovative race in modern politics as the Democratic nominee in Georgia. Abrams didn’t win, but she has not conceded. The book compellingly argues for the importance of robust voter protections, an elevation of identity politics, engagement in the census, and a return to moral international leadership.

Our Time Is Now draws on extensive research from national organizations and renowned scholars, as well as anecdotes from her life and others’ who have fought throughout our country’s history for the power to be heard. The stakes could not be higher. Here are concrete solutions and inspiration to stand up for who we are—now.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250257703
Publisher: Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 06/09/2020
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 383
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Stacey Abrams is the New York Times bestselling author of Lead from the Outside, a serial entrepreneur, nonprofit CEO, and political leader. After serving eleven years in the Georgia House of Representatives, seven as minority leader, Abrams became the 2018 Democratic nominee for governor of Georgia, where she won more votes than any other Democrat in the state’s history. She has founded multiple organizations devoted to voting rights, training and hiring young people of color, and tackling social issues at both the state and national levels; and she is a lifetime member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a 2012 recipient of the John F. Kennedy New Frontier Award. Abrams received degrees from Spelman College, the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas, and Yale Law School. Dedicated to civic engagement, she founded the New Georgia Project, which has registered more than 400,000 voters of color, Fair Fight Action and Fair Fight 2020 to promote fair elections across the country, and Fair Count, which is guaranteeing an accurate national census for hard-to-count communities.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Who Is Stealing America's Future? 1

Real Access to the Right to Vote Isn't a Guarantee-And That's a Problem

Who We Are Matters: Identity Politics and the Census

Defeating Populism and Winning Elections to Save

Democracy

Chapter 1 Everything Old Is New Again 17

Deny and Delay: The Fight for Voting Rights Never Ended

Suppression Starts with Who Belongs Here

A Moment's Grace: Reconstruction to a False Redemption

A Dim Light Grows: The Rise and Fall of the Voting Rights Act

Chapter 2 A License to Be Heard (Voter Registration) 42

No New Voices

No Transparency Is the Point

You're Outta Here: Excessive Voter Purges

Chapter 3 Getting Beyond the Gates (Access to the Ballot) 70

The False Seduction of Voter ID

There's No Voting at a Closed Poll

When Voting Isn't Easy, It Can Be Impossible

Chapter 4 When the Numbers Lie (Ballot Counting) 92

Signatures, Rejections, Curing, Oh My!: Absentee Ballots

How a Safety Net Became a Trap: Provisional Ballots

Broken Infrastructure: Malfunctioning Machines, Hours-Long Lines, and Other Barriers

Chapter 5 Taking Our Power Back 116

Staying in the Rigged Game

How We Begin

Fixing the System for Good

Chapter 6 We Can See You and So Should They 141

Class Warfare Begins

More Than the Sum of Our Parts

Why Who We Are Matters

Chapter 7 How the Census Shapes America 161

The Significance of the United States Census

The Census Could Save Us

Collateral Damage: Gerrymandering

End the Electoral College

Chapter 8 The Playbook 190

Reject the Myth of the Magical Voter

Putting Our Money and Information Where Our Votes Are

Run as You Are

Chapter 9 Populism and the Death of Democracy 221

Taking Power from the People

The Rise of Authoritarian Populism as Democracy's Enemy

Getting Our Credibility Back

Chapter 10 The Next Best Version of America 242

Afterword 255

Author's Note 261

Notes 264

Acknowledgments 273

Index 277

About the Author 292

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