The American Resistance book tour has been canceled at least until June while the world responds to the threat (and spread) of the Coronavirus. I’ll be keeping track of events that are canceled and rescheduled here FYI). As federal, state, and local governments respond to the virus, questions are emerging about how the practice of social distancing will affect the 2020 election. By definition, flattening the curve involves changing the ways that people participate all sorts of group activities, including campaign events and rallies, voter mobilization and contact, in person activism and protest, as well as in person voting, which frequently involves standing in line.
To think about how these forms of political and civic engagement might change, check out the ways that the Biden campaign has changed its campaign events. Today, participants in the youth climate movement have shifted their #FridaysforFuture activism online. No doubt this effort is only the beginning of a great transformation.