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Democracy For All 2021

Democracy for All 2021 Action is a national campaign committed to building power for the people and making our government work for all of us. Our diverse coalition includes labor unions, think tanks, racial justice, environmental, reproductive health, and community organizations that represent millions of Americans. We are working toward implementing deep reforms in 2021 to unrig our political system once and for all.
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Improving Democracy: A Conversation with Dr. Danielle Allen and Yuval Levin

Organizer: Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget/FixUS

Between the stresses imposed by the COVID pandemic and our highly polarized political environment, the country is facing a range of challenges. Please join us for the inaugural event in our Big Ideas Webinar Series, during which we will discuss the status of American democracy, the effects of the current health and economic crises on our political system and institutions, and what solutions could be adopted to strengthen our system of government. The conversation will feature Danielle Allen, professor at Harvard University and the director of Harvard's Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, and Yuval Levin, director of social, cultural, and constitutional studies at the American Enterprise Institute and author of "A Time to Build." Danielle and Yuval recently served on the American Academy of Arts & Science's Commission on Reinventing American Democracy for the 21st Century, and we will discuss their new report, "Our Common Purpose."

Location: Webinar


Texas Republican Ted Cruz reading "Green Eggs and Ham" during a Senate filibuster in 2013.

TV coverage of the Senate may reduce its effectiveness

Televising every moment of the Senate's proceedings is a wonderful monument to government transparency, one that brings corruption-scrubbing sunshine to the self-proclaimed world's greatest deliberative body. Right?

Perhaps, but it's more complicated than that. Newly published research concludes gavel-to-gavel coverage of Congress has reduced substantive debate, heightened partisanship and increased the amount of time members spend on posturing and self-promotion.

The report is the second in recent days detailing what's underpinning the dysfunction of the Capitol, at a time when legislative branch weakness is widely viewed among the main threats to democracy. In the other, former members of Congress painted a dire picture of their former workplace, saying it is ill-equipped to rally even in emergencies such as the current coronavirus pandemic and economic collapse.

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Democracy reform groups need to improve the diversity of their leadership and boards, according to a study by the Bridge Alliance coalition

Democracy reform groups have work to do on diversity, study finds

For anyone who has attended events featuring the key players in democracy reform groups, your eyes and ears tell you what a new diversity study documents: They're mostly old, white and left-leaning.

But the Bridge Alliance, a coalition of about 100 groups promoting healthy self-governance, says that actually conducting the study was important so that fix-the-system groups can know precisely where they stand and chart a more diverse path forward.

Beyond the findings, Bridge Alliance leaders announced two initiatives on Monday to help groups expand their diversity — one focused on professional development and the other on boosting pay.

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Democracy In One Book Or Less: A Conversation with Author David Litt

Organizer: Democracy For All 2021

Democracy For All 2021 invites you to join former Obama speechwriter and New York Times bestselling author David Litt for a discussion on his new book, "Democracy In One Book or Less," with Planned Parenthood Action Fund National Political Director Yasmin Radjy.

Through a comedic lens, Litt's book points to the distressing number of ways in which an unrepresentative, gerrymandered system has created a democracy in crisis. Litt offers unique insight on how President Trump, Senate Republicans, and their allies have drastically changed our system of government over the course of our lifetimes, and the ways we can fight back. The book, published last month, has been called "Schoolhouse Rock for our current political moment" and is especially critical reading leading up to November's election.

We know that most Americans have reached consensus on issues from healthcare and policing to gun violence and reproductive rights, yet a rigged system prevents us from enacting change. In this discussion, Litt will address the barriers to progressive policy alongside Radjy, an active leader in the democracy reform space.

Location: Webinar

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