Civic Engagement

Engaging Legislative Champions for IDA Authorization in Mississippi- March 2014

This presentation by Dr. Wilhelmina Leigh and Melissa Wells, originally shown at a meeting of Coalition for a Prosperous Mississippi partners, offers advice for engaging state leaders in discussion and action relating to individual development account (IDA) legislation.

Engaging Legislative Champions for IDA Authorization in Mississippi- October 2013

This presentation by Dr. Wilhelmina Leigh and Melissa Wells, originally shown at a meeting of Coalition for a Prosperous Mississippi partners, offers advice for engaging state leaders in discussion and action relating to individual development account (IDA) legislation.

Creating Public Awareness Campaigns that Work

The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies and the Center on Race and Wealth at Howard University hosted a discussion about the secrets to designing and implementing public awareness efforts to get messages heard and to encourage meaningful action on behalf of constituents. Topics covered included planning, messaging, and coordinated grassroots activism and engagement.

Engaging Legislative Champions in Florida

This presentation, given at RAISE Florida Network's 2013 First Quarter Annual Meeting, discusses strategies for identifying and engaging legislators in order to promote an asset-building agenda.

Preparing for Legislative Visits

This presentation, given at the RAISE Florida Network 2013 First Quarter Regional Meeting, gives information on organizing meetings and talking points for successful asset-building discussions with state legislators.

Developing A State Legislative Strategy for Asset Building: The Case of Florida

A key step in achieving asset-building goals is developing a solid legislative strategy. The Joint Center has collaborated with the RAISE Florida Network to develop a legislative strategy to help achieve the coalition's goals with regard to funding for Individual Development Accounts and fostering sustainable homeownership. To learn more about this strategy, click here to view the full webinar.

Blacks and the 2012 Elections: A Preliminary Analysis

This is a brief review of some of the available evidence on what happened on November 6, 2012. In particular, this review will focus on the re-election of President Barack Obama, the behavior and significance of African American voters in the 2012 elections; and the changing numbers and profile of black candidates for federal office, as well as their performance at the polls.

Blacks and the 2012 Democratic National Convention

While the 2008 Democratic National Convention represented an historic occasion for African Americans and black politics when, for the first time, an African American was the Democratic Party’s nominee for President, 2012 represents a somewhat different but still momentous historic occasion--a black President, Barack Obama, seeking re-election.

Blacks and the 2012 Republican National Convention

The 2008 Presidential election was an historic occasion for African Americans, when for the first time, an African American was elected President.  This year, President Obama is seeking a second term, and there is no reason to expect any change in black voting patterns.  President Obama will almost certainly receive strong black support on November 6.  The Republicans’ nominee, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney has little history with African Americans.  Further, the growing influence of the anti-black Tea Party within the GOP makes political appeals to African Americans difficult f

Blacks and the 2010 Midterms: A Preliminary Analysis

This publication is a brief review of some of the available evidence on what transpired on November 2, 2010, when the Democrats lost their majority in the U.S. House of Representatives and at least 19 state legislative chambers, maintained control in the U.S. Senate, and lost several important gubernatorial elections. The black vote was critical to the outcome of some closely contested elections, but not enough in many more.

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