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The annual Unrig conference, which Jennifer Lawrence has headlined the past two years, is going to be postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Pandemic alters the democracy reform world's rhythm and priorities

While the novel coronavirus has upended life across the country, the democracy reform community is sounding determined to stay on course through an election year that could prove pivotal for its goals.

The rapid spread of Covid-19 has brought unprecedented challenge to lobbyists and advocates for all causes, including those working to fix the broken political system. Not only have logistics been jumbled and planned campaigns threatened, but the public and the nation's policymakers are now singularly focused on the pandemic and the economic collapse it's threatening — leaving almost no room for discussing any other national ills.

Highlighting how fix-the-system efforts are in limbo, one of the most prominent and best-financed advocacy groups, RepresentUs, planned to announce that its Unrig convention, scheduled to take place in eight weeks, would be postponed for at least several months.

At the same time, the infectious and potentially deadly virus is also scrambling the democracy reform agenda, with an optimistic coalition rapidly assembling behind what had been a second-tier cause: expanding access to the polls by making voting at home the American standard.

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Lisa Rosenberg argues, "Even Hollywood cannot seem to get enough of whistleblowers."

Whistleblowers are heroes in the movies and in real life

Rosenberg is executive director of Open the Government, a nonpartisan group advocating for government transparency and accountability.

It is hard to ignore whistleblowers these days. A whistleblower complaint about a controversial exchange between President Donald Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky triggered the impeachment inquiry and subsequent trial that dominated the news for months. Even while it was focused on the impeachment trial, the Senate was also looking into reports from another whistleblower alleging that a Trump political appointee interfered with an audit of either the president or Vice President Mike Pence.

Even Hollywood cannot seem to get enough of whistleblowers. While movies and television shows about whistleblowers are not new, the theatrical and Netflix releases of several movies last year suggest a growing appetite for more insight into who they are and how their commitment to creating an accountable society benefits the greater good.

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Pheasant Glen Forum for Happy Strong Citizenship

Organizer: RepresentUs

Everyone knows our political system is broken. Here's what most people don't know: We can fix it. Unbreaking America shows why nearly every issue we face as a nation is caught in the grip of corruption – and what we can do to stop it. At Represent LA Verkin's Unbreaking America Screening, you will:

  • Watch Unbreaking America: Divided We Fall, the short film starring Michael Douglas, followed by a discussion about America's corruption crisis
  • Connect with current RepresentUs members in the La Verkin, Utah area
  • Learn how you can make an impact locally and nationally in the anti-corruption movement

Whether you're a longtime volunteer or brand new to the movement, this is the perfect opportunity to get informed and involved in Utah.

Location: TBD

'Unbreaking America' Screening in Northwest Ohio

Organizer: RepresentUs

Everyone knows our political system is broken. Here's what most people don't know: We can fix it. Unbreaking America shows why nearly every issue we face as a nation is caught in the grip of corruption – and what we can do to stop it. At the Represent Northwest Ohio's Unbreaking America Screening, you will:

  • Watch Unbreaking America, the short film starring Jennifer Lawrence, followed by a discussion about America's corruption crisis
  • Connect with current RepresentUs members in the Northwest Ohio area
  • Learn how you can make an impact locally and nationally in the anti-corruption movement

Whether you're a longtime volunteer or brand new to the movement, this is the perfect opportunity to get informed and involved in Ohio.

Location: Grounds for Thought, 174 S Main St., Bowling Green, OH
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