IAS Professor Dan Berger published an op-ed in the Washington Post on Senator Raphael Warnock's re-election in Georgia. The article, published in the Post's Made by History section, relates Warnock's victory to a different campaign from Georgia's history: that of civil rights activist Julian Bond, elected in 1965 but prevented from taking his seat for a year. Berger writes about the Atlanta Project of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, which organized not only for Bond's re-election but to fulfill his campaign promises.
"The danger of offering facile encouragement to 'outvote' voter suppression is that it separates governing from politics, campaigns from meaningful democracy," Berger writes. "But they are inextricably linked. If Democrats hope to exercise power in the long-term, they will need to learn from Julian Bond and SNCC’s Atlanta Project that politics can provide destitute people a way out of bondage."