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Equity in Democracy: Why This Moment Calls for Proportional Representation

Organizers: Fix Democracy First and FairVote Washington

At a time when people are calling for meaningful reforms to policing and political institutions, engaged people everywhere are calling for systemic change to address entrenched problems in our democracy. From calls to reimagine policing to reforming the way in which we elect our representatives, it is clear that people are fed up with the status quo. Our laws and institutions have prevented meaningful representation in elected bodies, and left many feeling voiceless. Join us for a special discussion on proportional representation with expert panelists: Ruth Greenwood, Campaign Legal Center Co-Director, Voting Rights & Redistricting; Pedro Hernandez, FairVote Senior Policy Coordinator; Susan Soto Palmer, Yakima County Plaintiff WA Voting Rights Act; Mohit Nair, FairVote WA Partnerships Director (moderator).

Location: Webinar

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Diversity in the Democracy Reform Movement

Webinar Rewind: Diversity in the democracy reform movement

As protests sweep the country in response to continued police violence against Black people, many democracy reform leaders say that achieving racial justice and fixing our broken political system are two sides of the same coin. Amendments to the Constitution have been rooted in protecting the rights of citizens and making the system more accessible to those who had been excluded, including Black and Native Americans and women. Democracy reform has, from its inception, been about bringing about allowing all Americans to have a viable voice in our government.

The Fulcrum convened reform leaders to talk about the importance of leaning into the diversity of the movement and how the foundations of democracy reform are built on social justice and civil rights.

The Fulcrum's audience development editor, Tristiaña Hinton, moderated a discussion with:
Gilda Daniels, litigation director at the Advancement Project
Jacqueline De Léon, staff attorney for the Native American Rights Fund
Khalid Pitts, executive vice president of policy and programs, FairVote

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Because the Supreme Court stripped the "preclearance" section of the Voting Rights Act in 2013, states must enact their own laws to protect the rights of communities of color, according to Greenwood and Norouzi.

Why it's time for every state to enact its own voting rights law

Greenwood is co-director for voting rights and redistricting at the nonpartisan Campaign Legal Center. Norouzi is deputy director of OneAmerica, an immigrant and refugee advocacy organization in Washington state.

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