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).
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
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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Organizer: Fix Democracy First
'Slay the Dragon': End gerrymandering or democracy will die. We can do it - Film screening and panel discussion with representatives from FairVote WA, the LWV of WA, and Fix Democracy First. The film is being co-sponsored by Fix Democracy First, FairVote Washington, the League of Women Voters of WA, and the Meaningful Movies Project.