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In the new Innovator: connected vehicles expand applications of crowdsourced data, States win awards using EDC innovatio...
11/20/2021

In the new Innovator: connected vehicles expand applications of crowdsourced data, States win awards using EDC innovations, and FHWA hosts its first EDC Safety Summit. Check out these stories and more: https://bit.ly/3vzIMht #FHWA_EDC

In the new Innovator: connected vehicles expand applications of crowdsourced data, States win awards using EDC innovations, and FHWA hosts its first EDC Safety Summit. Check out these stories and more: https://bit.ly/3vzIMht #FHWA_EDC

The Traffic Incident Management (TIM) Capability Maturity Self-Assessment (TIMSA) helps local and state TIM professional...
11/19/2021

The Traffic Incident Management (TIM) Capability Maturity Self-Assessment (TIMSA) helps local and state TIM professionals collaboratively evaluate TIM programs. Begin your region’s TIMSA to identify opportunities to improve, innovate, and advance. https://bitly.com/TIMSA2021 #TIMSA2021

The Traffic Incident Management (TIM) Capability Maturity Self-Assessment (TIMSA) helps local and state TIM professionals collaboratively evaluate TIM programs. Begin your region’s TIMSA to identify opportunities to improve, innovate, and advance. https://bitly.com/TIMSA2021 #TIMSA2021

The three-position traffic signal was patented November 20, 1923, by Garrett A. Morgan. This third position helped halt ...
11/19/2021

The three-position traffic signal was patented November 20, 1923, by Garrett A. Morgan. This third position helped halt traffic in all directions making it less dangerous not just for motorists but also for pedestrians crossing streets. #DYK http://bit.ly/1AbDPIH

The three-position traffic signal was patented November 20, 1923, by Garrett A. Morgan. This third position helped halt traffic in all directions making it less dangerous not just for motorists but also for pedestrians crossing streets. #DYK http://bit.ly/1AbDPIH

FHWA’s Build a Better Mousetrap program recognizes local and Tribal agencies who creatively solve transportation problem...
11/19/2021

FHWA’s Build a Better Mousetrap program recognizes local and Tribal agencies who creatively solve transportation problems to increase safety, reduce cost, and improve efficiency. Learn more about this annual program which honors our nation's most innovative transportation workers and solutions: https://bit.ly/BABMHome.

FHWA’s Build a Better Mousetrap program recognizes local and Tribal agencies who creatively solve transportation problems to increase safety, reduce cost, and improve efficiency. Learn more about this annual program which honors our nation's most innovative transportation workers and solutions: https://bit.ly/BABMHome.

Learn how FHWA’s participation in a national pooled fund study on performance-engineered pavements addresses the causes ...
11/18/2021

Learn how FHWA’s participation in a national pooled fund study on performance-engineered pavements addresses the causes of premature deterioration of pavement in the Research and Technology Portfolio Spotlight. #TechThursday
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Learn how FHWA’s participation in a national pooled fund study on performance-engineered pavements addresses the causes of premature deterioration of pavement in the Research and Technology Portfolio Spotlight. #TechThursday
https://bit.ly/3aw6KAw

Today’s highway #construction workforce shortage creates difficulties for contractors when hiring qualified craft worker...
11/18/2021

Today’s highway #construction workforce shortage creates difficulties for contractors when hiring qualified craft workers. FHWA’s Strategic Workforce Development Toolkit offers #innovative strategies and resources that engage with organizations to fill job vacancies and help build #RoadsToYourFuture. See for yourself what the toolkit provides: https://bit.ly/SWDToolkit.

Today’s highway #construction workforce shortage creates difficulties for contractors when hiring qualified craft workers. FHWA’s Strategic Workforce Development Toolkit offers #innovative strategies and resources that engage with organizations to fill job vacancies and help build #RoadsToYourFuture. See for yourself what the toolkit provides: https://bit.ly/SWDToolkit.

Dust storms can rapidly reduce driver visibility to zero. The Arizona Department of Transportation is piloting a system ...
11/18/2021

Dust storms can rapidly reduce driver visibility to zero. The Arizona Department of Transportation is piloting a system to detect dust events and warn motorists. https://bit.ly/3AnQNa3 #PublicRoads

Dust storms can rapidly reduce driver visibility to zero. The Arizona Department of Transportation is piloting a system to detect dust events and warn motorists. https://bit.ly/3AnQNa3 #PublicRoads

The pavement you drive on is the result of many years of research. Meet Jane Jiang, Senior Research Civil Engineer, who ...
11/17/2021

The pavement you drive on is the result of many years of research. Meet Jane Jiang, Senior Research Civil Engineer, who helps ensure engineers, academia, and other researchers have an easy and clear access to data in their quests for better pavements. www.fhwa.dot.gov/careersinmotion #FHWAWorks

The pavement you drive on is the result of many years of research. Meet Jane Jiang, Senior Research Civil Engineer, who helps ensure engineers, academia, and other researchers have an easy and clear access to data in their quests for better pavements. www.fhwa.dot.gov/careersinmotion #FHWAWorks

Did you miss the Virtual Open Innovation Collaborative Environment for Safety (VOICES) webinar on October 28? Find out h...
11/17/2021

Did you miss the Virtual Open Innovation Collaborative Environment for Safety (VOICES) webinar on October 28? Find out how VOICES tackles the challenge of developing and testing the scenarios that autonomous vehicles will encounter in the transportation system. Webinar recording available now: https://bit.ly/3k677qm #infrastructure #software

Did you miss the Virtual Open Innovation Collaborative Environment for Safety (VOICES) webinar on October 28? Find out how VOICES tackles the challenge of developing and testing the scenarios that autonomous vehicles will encounter in the transportation system. Webinar recording available now: https://bit.ly/3k677qm #infrastructure #software

In total, the decks of U.S. highway bridges cover over 476 million square yards -- or 74,484 football fields.
11/17/2021

In total, the decks of U.S. highway bridges cover over 476 million square yards -- or 74,484 football fields.

In total, the decks of U.S. highway bridges cover over 476 million square yards -- or 74,484 football fields.

Improve your ability to manage project cost and schedule. Enroll and download the FHWA National Highway Institute’s Prob...
11/16/2021
PRBE e Book promo

Improve your ability to manage project cost and schedule. Enroll and download the FHWA National Highway Institute’s Probabilistic Risk-Based Estimating (FHWA-NHI-134205) eBook and learn how to utilize risk assessment to enhance project delivery. https://youtu.be/drnm4GmelT0

https://bit.ly/NHI_134205

Improve your ability to manage project cost and schedule. Enroll and download the FHWA National Highway Institute’s Probabilistic Risk-Based Estimating (FHWA...

11/16/2021
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Join us on November 22nd, 1-3 ET, as we unveil the updated FHWA Proven Safety Countermeasures initiative! We'll introduce 9 new countermeasures and walk you through the new website. Click here to register for the webinar:

In the new Innovator: connected vehicles expand applications of crowdsourced data, States win awards using EDC innovatio...
11/16/2021

In the new Innovator: connected vehicles expand applications of crowdsourced data, States win awards using EDC innovations, and FHWA hosts its first EDC Safety Summit. Check out these stories and more: https://bit.ly/3vzIMht #FHWA_EDC

In the new Innovator: connected vehicles expand applications of crowdsourced data, States win awards using EDC innovations, and FHWA hosts its first EDC Safety Summit. Check out these stories and more: https://bit.ly/3vzIMht #FHWA_EDC

FHWA is currently accepting nominations for the 2022 Environmental Excellence Awards. This biennial program recognizes o...
11/15/2021

FHWA is currently accepting nominations for the 2022 Environmental Excellence Awards. This biennial program recognizes outstanding transportation projects, processes, and partners that use FHWA funding sources to go above and beyond compliance to achieve environmental excellence. Entries are due by December 15, 2021. Please visit https://www.environment.fhwa.dot.gov/EEawards/ to learn more and to apply. Information on the past winners can be found at: https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/environmental_excellence_awards/

FHWA is currently accepting nominations for the 2022 Environmental Excellence Awards. This biennial program recognizes outstanding transportation projects, processes, and partners that use FHWA funding sources to go above and beyond compliance to achieve environmental excellence. Entries are due by December 15, 2021. Please visit https://www.environment.fhwa.dot.gov/EEawards/ to learn more and to apply. Information on the past winners can be found at: https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/environmental_excellence_awards/

Are you an MPO or State DOT who is looking for shared resources to stay ahead of the curve? Then apply today for a peer ...
11/15/2021
Peer Program - Transportation Planning Capacity Building Program

Are you an MPO or State DOT who is looking for shared resources to stay ahead of the curve? Then apply today for a peer exchange, or scenario planning event, sponsored by the FHWA Office of Planning’s Transportation Planning Capacity Building program.

The Transportation Planning Capacity Building Program (TPCB) is your source for transportaion planning resources. Search our planning resources database.

FHWA just released a poster detailing a dozen countermeasures proven to reduce rural roadway departure crashes. Download...
11/15/2021

FHWA just released a poster detailing a dozen countermeasures proven to reduce rural roadway departure crashes. Download one now and share.https://safety.fhwa.dot.gov/FoRRRwD/RwDPoster.pdf

FHWA just released a poster detailing a dozen countermeasures proven to reduce rural roadway departure crashes. Download one now and share.https://safety.fhwa.dot.gov/FoRRRwD/RwDPoster.pdf

Specialty lanes and highways help keep the United States moving more efficiently. Check out the 2021 National Inventory ...
11/15/2021

Specialty lanes and highways help keep the United States moving more efficiently. Check out the 2021 National Inventory of Specialty Lanes and Highways to #learnmore: https://bit.ly/specialtylanes.

Specialty lanes and highways help keep the United States moving more efficiently. Check out the 2021 National Inventory of Specialty Lanes and Highways to #learnmore: https://bit.ly/specialtylanes.

Stakeholders spend resources producing, sorting, recording, and archiving paper materials tickets. Now they have a safer...
11/13/2021

Stakeholders spend resources producing, sorting, recording, and archiving paper materials tickets. Now they have a safer, more accurate, streamlined process thanks to e-Ticketing. Learn more about this EDC innovation: https://bit.ly/3sO9SQm #FHWA_EDC

Stakeholders spend resources producing, sorting, recording, and archiving paper materials tickets. Now they have a safer, more accurate, streamlined process thanks to e-Ticketing. Learn more about this EDC innovation: https://bit.ly/3sO9SQm #FHWA_EDC

Traffic incident responders handle nearly 7 million crashes annually—plus remove stalled vehicles, clear roadway debris,...
11/13/2021

Traffic incident responders handle nearly 7 million crashes annually—plus remove stalled vehicles, clear roadway debris, and mitigate other roadside events. During this Crash Responder Safety Week—and every week—stay alert for traffic incident responders. #CRSW

Traffic incident responders handle nearly 7 million crashes annually—plus remove stalled vehicles, clear roadway debris, and mitigate other roadside events. During this Crash Responder Safety Week—and every week—stay alert for traffic incident responders. #CRSW

Seminole County, FL developed a mobile application that improved ramp inspections under the Americans with Disabilities ...
11/12/2021

Seminole County, FL developed a mobile application that improved ramp inspections under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Use of the app eliminated paperwork and time and improved safety for residents in their community—making the county the FHWA's 2021 Build a Better Mousetrap Smart Transformation Award winner. Learn more about this #innovation here: https://bit.ly/2021BABMBooklet.

Seminole County, FL developed a mobile application that improved ramp inspections under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Use of the app eliminated paperwork and time and improved safety for residents in their community—making the county the FHWA's 2021 Build a Better Mousetrap Smart Transformation Award winner. Learn more about this #innovation here: https://bit.ly/2021BABMBooklet.

Hundreds of law enforcement, fire, EMS, transportation, towing, and public works professionals have lost their lives res...
11/12/2021

Hundreds of law enforcement, fire, EMS, transportation, towing, and public works professionals have lost their lives responding to traffic incidents. This Crash Responder Safety Week let's honor their memories and prevent future tragedies—slow down and move over. #CRSW

Hundreds of law enforcement, fire, EMS, transportation, towing, and public works professionals have lost their lives responding to traffic incidents. This Crash Responder Safety Week let's honor their memories and prevent future tragedies—slow down and move over. #CRSW

On any given day, 50,000+ traffic incident responders work roadside to restore safe travel after crashes. Many more resp...
11/12/2021

On any given day, 50,000+ traffic incident responders work roadside to restore safe travel after crashes. Many more respond to other incidents such as spilled cargo. This Crash Responder Safety Week, thank incident responders by slowing down and moving over. #CRSW

On any given day, 50,000+ traffic incident responders work roadside to restore safe travel after crashes. Many more respond to other incidents such as spilled cargo. This Crash Responder Safety Week, thank incident responders by slowing down and moving over. #CRSW

Every Crash Responder Safety Week, we take a moment to recognize the efforts of local responders to quickly, safely clea...
11/12/2021

Every Crash Responder Safety Week, we take a moment to recognize the efforts of local responders to quickly, safely clear crashes, stalled vehicles, roadway debris, and other incidents. Traffic incident responders keep motorists safe. bitly.com/CRSW2021 #CRSW

Every Crash Responder Safety Week, we take a moment to recognize the efforts of local responders to quickly, safely clear crashes, stalled vehicles, roadway debris, and other incidents. Traffic incident responders keep motorists safe. bitly.com/CRSW2021 #CRSW

11/11/2021

On Veterans Day and every day, FHWA honors America's heroes. #VeteransDay

Many of our #veterans return from military service to protect us in other ways. This Crash Responder Safety Week, we hon...
11/11/2021

Many of our #veterans return from military service to protect us in other ways. This Crash Responder Safety Week, we honor every veteran, including those who clear our roadways and keep all road users safe. #CRSW #veteransday2021 bitly.com/CRSW2021

Many of our #veterans return from military service to protect us in other ways. This Crash Responder Safety Week, we honor every veteran, including those who clear our roadways and keep all road users safe. #CRSW #veteransday2021 bitly.com/CRSW2021

On the 95th Anniversary of the opening of Route 66, consider exploring training courses from FHWA National Highway Insti...
11/10/2021
95th Anniversary of Route 66

On the 95th Anniversary of the opening of Route 66, consider exploring training courses from FHWA National Highway Institute’s Pavement and Materials program area. Learn to address a variety of issues that can impact the constructability of a project. https://youtu.be/Y7LvR8lHkRA

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On the 95th Anniversary of the opening of Route 66, consider exploring training courses from FHWA National Highway Institute’s Pavement and Materials program...

Natural strategies for efficient, cost-effective, and eco-friendly protection for coastal roads can help transportation ...
11/10/2021

Natural strategies for efficient, cost-effective, and eco-friendly protection for coastal roads can help transportation agencies mitigate the effects of extreme weather events. https://bit.ly/3uPvqNI #PublicRoads

Natural strategies for efficient, cost-effective, and eco-friendly protection for coastal roads can help transportation agencies mitigate the effects of extreme weather events. https://bit.ly/3uPvqNI #PublicRoads

Nearly every week, a traffic incident responder is killed while clearing a roadway incident, while many more sustain lif...
11/10/2021

Nearly every week, a traffic incident responder is killed while clearing a roadway incident, while many more sustain life-changing injuries. Crash Responder Safety Week is Nov. 8-14. Learn how your agency can promote road safety https://bit.ly/3bHKd4a #FHWA_EDC

Nearly every week, a traffic incident responder is killed while clearing a roadway incident, while many more sustain life-changing injuries. Crash Responder Safety Week is Nov. 8-14. Learn how your agency can promote road safety https://bit.ly/3bHKd4a #FHWA_EDC

FHWA honors the Tuskegee Airmen. These brave, black pilots flew during WWII when the Army was deeply segregated. They ar...
11/10/2021

FHWA honors the Tuskegee Airmen. These brave, black pilots flew during WWII when the Army was deeply segregated. They are honored with signs along I-70 in Colorado, where many of them eventually made their homes. #VeteransDay
https://www.codot.gov/news/2021/october-2021/i70-central-interstate-sign-dedication

FHWA honors the Tuskegee Airmen. These brave, black pilots flew during WWII when the Army was deeply segregated. They are honored with signs along I-70 in Colorado, where many of them eventually made their homes. #VeteransDay
https://www.codot.gov/news/2021/october-2021/i70-central-interstate-sign-dedication

On average, a #responder is killed every week while clearing a roadway incident. Many more sustain life-altering injurie...
11/10/2021

On average, a #responder is killed every week while clearing a roadway incident. Many more sustain life-altering injuries. This Crash Responder Safety Week, FHWA encourages all incident responders to take the free traffic incident management training: bitly.com/TIMtrain #CRSW

On average, a #responder is killed every week while clearing a roadway incident. Many more sustain life-altering injuries. This Crash Responder Safety Week, FHWA encourages all incident responders to take the free traffic incident management training: bitly.com/TIMtrain #CRSW

Improve your ability to manage project cost and schedule. Enroll and download the FHWA National Highway Institute’s Prob...
11/09/2021
PRBE e Book promo

Improve your ability to manage project cost and schedule. Enroll and download the FHWA National Highway Institute’s Probabilistic Risk-Based Estimating (FHWA-NHI-134205) eBook and learn how to utilize risk assessment to enhance project delivery. https://youtu.be/AUmgsYbyTCY

https://bit.ly/NHI_134205

Improve your ability to manage project cost and schedule. Enroll and download the FHWA National Highway Institute’s Probabilistic Risk-Based Estimating (FHWA...

All 50 states and D.C. have "Move Over" laws requiring drivers to slow down and move over when nearing traffic incidents...
11/09/2021

All 50 states and D.C. have "Move Over" laws requiring drivers to slow down and move over when nearing traffic incidents. Not all Americans know they exist! This Crash Responder Safety Week, learn about your state’s law: http://bitly.com/MoveOverInMyState #SlowDownMoveOver #CRSW

All 50 states and D.C. have "Move Over" laws requiring drivers to slow down and move over when nearing traffic incidents. Not all Americans know they exist! This Crash Responder Safety Week, learn about your state’s law: http://bitly.com/MoveOverInMyState #SlowDownMoveOver #CRSW

Stakeholders spend resources producing, sorting, recording, and archiving paper materials tickets. Now they have a safer...
11/09/2021

Stakeholders spend resources producing, sorting, recording, and archiving paper materials tickets. Now they have a safer, more accurate, streamlined process thanks to e-Ticketing. Learn more about this EDC innovation: https://bit.ly/3sO9SQm #FHWA_EDC

Stakeholders spend resources producing, sorting, recording, and archiving paper materials tickets. Now they have a safer, more accurate, streamlined process thanks to e-Ticketing. Learn more about this EDC innovation: https://bit.ly/3sO9SQm #FHWA_EDC

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This event is next Saturday at 2:30 on October 16th at The Barn in Penrose. Learn how to get involved in protecting our rural communities. Hope to see you there. https://fb.me/e/eyR10Bmy5
Hi Everyone, As a part of my research on analyzing and improving the bridge inspection process, I am sending out a survey reaching out to as many bridge inspectors/managers. Please participate in the survey and share it with others. It's a completely anonymous survey and takes just 2 minutes. #bridgeinspection #bridges #USDOT
Republicans Say Kids Are the Problem John Burl Smith Due to gerrymandering, “Many voting districts drawn this year will deny voters equality and will shape our lives and communities for the next decade.” According to Ruth Greenwood, director of the Election Law Clinic at Harvard Law School and a founder of PlanScore, understanding the impact of gerrymandering on voting districts, their effect must first be measured." Every 10 years, each state redraws the lines of electoral districts. If districts are drawn fairly, voters can elect representatives who reflect the views of those populations. But when district lines are gerrymandered, legislation is untethered to the popular will, instead partisan identification rules. If the true majorities cannot elect candidates of their choice, the resulting legislation is a failure of democracy. If those ill-gotten majorities then use their power to disenfranchise voters, legislators have failed democracy, not that democracy has failed people. Unfortunately, 18 states have embarked upon such a course and during the past legislative sessions, used their majorities to kill democracy. Such actions foreshadow the coming redistricting fight facing Americans, with the 2022 election on the horizon. Republicans have unleashed a deluge of voter suppression laws, creating a watershed designed to drown representative democracy across the nation. Gerrymandering has been around since the nation’s founding, but experts say this latest round of redistricting is uniquely susceptible to partisan manipulation for two reasons. First, in 2013 the Supreme Court, in Shelby County v. Holder, effectively gutted Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act in a 5-4 decision. Secondly, five Supreme Court judges, like in Dred Scott in 1857, changed the direction of democracy for descendants of American slavery for the next 150 years. Compounding their gutting of Section 5, SCOTUS’ 2020 decision (6-3), upheld an Arizona law, which makes it even “harder for minorities to vote,” and changed the whole landscape of representative democracy in America. Today, as a result of Supreme Court action, “there are no federal checks to halt gerrymandering. Several bills in Congress, which including the “For the People Act and “The John Lewis Voting Rights Act” are the only hopes of those who are fighting to save democracy in America from partisan gerrymandering. Using anti-democratic voting laws and procedures, Republicans have admitted the only way they can win elections is by cheating. Moreover, Senate Republicans are being aided by Joe Manchin, who clings to the filibuster, like the “holy grail, blocking passage of voting rights legislation. And as a result, federal judges are prohibited from reviewing egregious voter suppression laws. Today as a result of election law changes in certain states, which limit access to voting with suppression laws, Republicans are expected to regain control of the US House in 2022, which they had in 2014. When one looks at states like Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and Texas through the lens of voter suppression and gerrymandering, as well as Supreme Court decisions, Republicans, with aid from Democrats blocking efforts to end voter suppression laws and gerrymandering by ending the filibuster, one sees democracy on the scaffold of tyranny. However, the Princeton Gerrymandering Project has armed voters with new sophisticated digital tools capable of exposing suspected partisan gerrymandering as it unfolds. This civic-minded technological offensive can rescue communities, fearful of the coming redistricting process. The release of 2020 Census Bureau data reveals why Republicans are terrified, facing the 2022 election. Using PlanScore, a leading advocate in this fight to look inside census data, PlanScore produces fair and competitive maps, and provides “report cards,” giving the public the opportunity to speak out before proposed representation maps are locked in for the next decade. According to Sam Wang, the project’s director, “The report card will demonstrate the consequences of gerrymandering, in real time, and create a record on the spot that can be used to draw fairer lines, before a proposed map becomes law.” Although the current voter suppression effort has been framed in terms of “black voters” census data provides a larger picture of the problem, which Republicans face. Looking inside this date, which is what the “Election Law Clinic at Harvard Law School and PlanScore” does, the future is even more frightening for Republicans. The 2020 census data reveals a changing electorate dominated by young minorities, who are moving left—and some elder politicians are moving left with them. A recent poll found Gen Z'ers (born after 1996) viewed socialism more favorably than capitalism. A 2019 poll showed Gen Z'ers and Millennials (born after 1980) held equally favorable views of the two economic systems. Kids today define "socialism" differently than older voters, viewing it as representing greater equality or government activism rather than government ownership. A "helping hand" is preferable to the "invisible hand" of a free-market economy, which chokes minority economic efforts. America's knee-jerk anti-socialism reaction of the older generations, who came of age during the Cold War, have decided to lump all young people together and dismiss them as 'krazy kids.' Artist Floyd D. Tunson in his new project “Endangered” frames young people, as canaries in the coal mine, as indicators of the health of democracy in America. Millennials in 2019 surpassed Baby Boomers as the largest generation. In the 2020 election, Millennials and Gen Z'ers made up nearly one-third of all voters, while Boomers and older generations declined to under 50 percent of the electorate. This trend will only continue; in fact, the younger generations could constitute the largest share of voters, as soon as 2024, according to this analyst. The other “hair raising” fact that has Republicans acting as though their hair is afire, is the increase in population of metro areas of the US, which grew by 9% from 2010 to 2020, resulting in 86% of the population living in U.S. metro areas compared to 85% in 2010. “Many counties within metro areas saw growth, especially those in the south and west, where 312 of the 384 US metro areas gained population between 2010 and 2020. Even though the White population in the US remained the largest race or ethnicity group (204.3 million), the White alone population decreased by 8.6% since 2010. The Two or More Races population (also referred to as the Multiracial population) has changed considerably since 2010. Amazingly the “Multiracial” population (measured at 9 million people in 2010, now 33.8 million people in 2020), reflecting a 276% increase. The next largest racial populations were the Asian alone or in combination group (24 million), the Native People (American Indian) and Alaska Native in combination group were 9.7 million, and the Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone or in combination were 1.6 million, which only compounds Republicans problems in the future. The Hispanic or Latino population, which includes people of any race, was 62.1 million in 2020. The Hispanic or Latino population grew 23%, while the population that was not of Hispanic or Latino origin grew 4.3% since 2010. At the beginning of 2020, Americans ages 16 to 24 who were “disconnected” from work and school mirrored rates from the previous year. But between March and April, the share jumped significantly, from 12% to 20%. By June 2020, 28% of youths were neither in school nor the workplace. While not the highest on record, June’s 28% disconnection rate – which translates into 10.3 million young people – is the highest ever observed for the month of June, dating back to 1989 when the data first became available. This trend is one indicator of the difficulties young people are facing as they transition into adulthood during a global pandemic. Faced with such daunting numbers, young voters are raising their voices and key among the issues among students and professionals between the ages of 18 and 29, is educating each other to face political issues as a voting block not just Democrats. Their new consciousness in this regard is to avoid division along race, gender, and educational lines. The new understanding among millennials represented nearly 50% of the entire voter population in the 2016 election and was not lost on Republicans. Consequently, Republican voter suppression is about maintaining power, not just fear of black voters. Republicans (the white population) are running from their children and have decided to throw them under the bus with other young people. For confirmation, one only needs to look back at the Black Lives Matter/George Floyd protest of 2020 to grasp the numbers Republicans are up against. Millions of young white voter’s filled streets not only in America but around the world, like never before. Young people experienced the power of moving the political system, with only their unity of voice. The power of the youth vote has the potential to be extremely influential in America. While young voter participation in 2016 declined by 2% from a record 52% in the 2008 election, today the voting population includes almost equal parts millennials and baby boomers. As the boomer electorate decreases in size, experts suggest it is merely a matter of time before millennials become the largest and most powerful group driving future elections in the US. Hence, Republicans have abandoned democracy and become a party of autocrats and insurrectionists. The growing power and the partisan divide of politics have given birth to new perspectives on politics in America. Young voters in today's world are looking for alternatives, so much so that the millennial electorate is expected to be the first demographic group with the ability to challenge the basic two-party system. With the Republicans becoming the party of autocracy and insurrection, potentially driving the need for alternative political parties means millennials can represent the needs of a diverse population through a more inclusive agenda. “The 400th From Slavery to Hip Hop” is now on the market at Amazon, Barnes and Nobles, and ebook at Kindle. Get it today!!!