Political and Election Empowerment Project

 

Voter suppression and threats to our democratic process are increasingly prevalent in the United States. The Political and Election Empowerment Project (PEEP) supports nonprofit organizations in California and across the nation fighting for voting rights and democracy reform. We focus our efforts on historically marginalized and oppressed populations, recognizing that structural racism is inherent in the systems of American democracy. Only when all citizens have equal and easy access to the polls will politicians represent community interests and the government represent the people. Over the years, PEEP students have worked towards this goal with Campaign Legal Center, Demos, and the Asian Law Caucus. Our projects have included strengthening electoral language-access, supporting redistricting efforts to better represent Asian American communities, impacting campaign finance laws, and fighting for judicial election reform.

This year, PEEP will support the Asian Law Caucus’s work. In the Fall, students will research vote dilution claims and how legal challenges can be brought against restrictive voting laws impacting Asian American communities. Through this effort, students will develop legal research and analytical skills, while helping to fight against pervasive threats to our democracy.

Supervision: Students in PEEP will be working under the supervision of attorneys at the Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus.

Time Commitment: A 15-20 hour commitment per semester.  

For more information, please contact the student leaders at peep@berkeley.edu.