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FairVote is a nonpartisan champion of electoral reforms that give voters greater choice, a stronger voice, and a representative democracy that works for all Americans. Since 1992, we have been a nonpartisan trailblazer that advances and wins electoral reforms at the local, state, and national level through strategic research, communications, strategic advocacy and collaboration. Our engagement in influential research has helped dramatically expand use of ranked choice voting and forms of proportional representation in local elections.
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Ranked Choice Voting Presentation from FairVote Virginia

Organizer: RepresentUs

Virginia has ranked choice voting legislation coming to Richmond again in 2020, and we will work hard to see it through! At the Ranked Choice Voting Presentation from FairVote Virginia, you will:

  • Meet with anti-corruption leaders and volunteers from your area
  • Hear a presentation from FairVote Virginia with a coalition of co-hosts
  • Learn how you can help the RCV legislation coming to Richmond in 2020

If you are interested in understanding the problems America is facing and how you can help with the RepresentUs strategy to end corruption, this is the perfect opportunity to join the conversation in Virginia.

Location: Libbie Mill Library, 2100 Libbie Lake East St., Henrico, VA

2019 Champions of Democracy

Organizer: FairVote

You're invited to join us in Washington, DC for a special awards ceremony to celebrate our successes this year and raise awareness about our reforms. We need to bring ranked choice voting and fair representation system to more cities and states across the country and, ultimately, to Congress. Join us as we honor genuine heroes with our 2019 Champion of Democracy Awards.

Location: Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2168, 45 Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC

Civic Ed
Race and Ethnicity - Living Room Conversations

Time to boost conversations that create connections

Blades is co-founder of Living Room Conversations, which organizes gatherings designed to increase understanding and reveal common ground.

Thought experiment: What if all the leaders in Washington decided tomorrow that climate change was the No. 1 issue to address? Evidence suggests this would not be as helpful as many people think. Consider health care, a No. 1 issue for decades. How does the U.S. health care system stack up? It is the most expensive in the world per capita and it isn't even in the top 10 in terms of outcomes. The fact is, importance isn't the determining variable for achieving success. We need to be able to work together.

Weaving the fabric of our democracy locally and nationally is a massive challenge. The people behind Living Room Conversations are meeting that challenge by offering an open-source project that can be used by mobile users at the beach as easily as in a living room or library.

Sometimes we worry that our name may confuse people. Living Room Conversations aren't limited by location, geography or time zone. They are happening every day in churches, libraries, schools, book stores, city community centers and virtual conference spaces. These six-person, structured conversations are designed to be self-directed, easily accessible, and welcoming to a broad array of perspectives. The structure includes conversation agreements that support comfort and safety.

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