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Voting Rights Expert To Speak At Larchmont Village Center

Keesha Gaskins
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LARCHMONT, N.Y. – The Friends of the Larchmont Public Library and the Human Rights Committee for Larchmont and Mamaroneck is presenting a program on Sunday, Jan. 11, addressing issues on the current racial climate and how they relate to voting rights.

The session will be at 4 p.m. in the Larchmont Village Center, which is directly behind the Larchmont Public Library. Refreshments will be available beginning at 3:30 p.m. The program is free. 

The program presents Keesha Gaskins, the director for the Democratic Practice-United States Program at the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. Gaskins is a long-time organizer, lobbyist, and trial attorney, and is an expert on voting rights issues. Prior to joining the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, she was senior counsel with the Brennan Center for Justice, serving as the director of the Redistricting and Representation program. Her portfolio included redistricting reform, voting rights, and elections, with a focus on voter-suppression issues. 

Gaskins is a frequent lecturer and writer on issues related to women and politics, movement building, and democratic reform. She is the author of a number of articles and publications related to voter suppression, voting rights, and redistricting. 

The Human Rights Committee for Larchmont and Mamaroneck comprises representatives from the Villages of Larchmont and Mamaroneck and the unincorporated area of the Town of Mamaroneck.

It performs an “ombudsman” function with respect to human rights complaints. It may investigate, mediate or refer the matter to the State Human Rights Commission. It also sponsors the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Award Program each year in January.

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