Civil Rights Cold Case Act Press Website & Content

Civil Rights Cold Case Act Press Website & Content

In my senior year in high school, my AP U.S. Government class drafted the Civil Rights Cold Case Records Collection Act, a bipartisan bill which seeks justice for the victims of civil rights cold cases. The bill was fervently supported by Senators Doug Jones (D-AL) and Ted Cruz (R-TX), who campaigned in the Senate to pass the legislation. The Cold Case Act was passed near-unanimously through Congress, and signed into law on Jan. 8, 2019.

To support our media outreach efforts, I built a Jekyll-powered press website from scratch, and developed content for the website such as press releases, graphics, and a “staff” directory layout. Using Google Analytics, I was able to track the performance of press releases and other content.

On the main Cold Case Act website, I helped to write content and used the Congress Propublica API to build an automatically refreshing list of our cosponsors in Congress.

A screenshot of the “our supporters” section, which utilized the Congressional Propublica API to gather live data about the Cold Case Act as it traveled through Congress.