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'UnRepresented' — Film Screening & Panel Discussion

Organizers: Fix Democracy First, League of Women Voters of WA, and Meaningful Movies Project

Join us for a very special film screening and panel discussion of "UnRepresented" featuring: Daniel Falconer, "UnRepresented" film director; Sheila Krumholz, executive director of Center for Responsive Politics; Ellen Weintraub, commissioner on the Federal Elections Commission; Carl Parrish, community and social activist.

"UnRepresented" investigates the mechanisms that give political insiders enormous, unchecked power. If you are tired of the status quo, then join us for a virtual screening of this important new film and take part in a panel discussion following the movie to hear about grassroots movements taking shape to break this cycle. We will also discuss legislative efforts happening in Washington state.

Location: Webinar

Media & Democracy: Time for a Reset

Organizers: Fix Democracy First, Northwest Alliance for Responsible Media at Gonzaga University, and NW Center for Media Literacy at University of Washington

Join us to explore & examine the questions: What role does the media play in democracy and why does democracy need media? How did we get here? What does a pro-democracy media look like? What can people do to bring about or encourage change in the system? Panelists include: Dr. John S. Caputo is the Professor Emeritus and founder of the Master's Program in Communication & Leadership Studies at Gonzaga University, and founding member of the Northwest Alliance for Responsible Media; Dr Denis Muller is a journalist, broadcaster and academic. He worked as a newspaper journalist for 27 years and is currently a weekly commentator on media issues for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation; Dr. Carolyn Cunningham is an Associate Professor of Communication and Leadership Studies at Gonzaga University. She researches areas including girls and video games, women and leadership, and media literacy. And she co-directs the media literacy center at Gonzaga (NWARM); Sandra Williams is an activist, lecturer, filmmaker, and entrepreneur, with an extensive background addressing issues of discrimination, equity, and social justice. She is the Publisher and Editor of The Black Lens, an independent community publication, based in Spokane; and Frank W. Baker, is a media literacy education trainer. He operates the Media Literacy Clearinghouse resource website.

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Location: Webinar

'Slay the Dragon' - Film Screening & Panel Discussion on Gerrymandering

Organizer: Fix Democracy First and Meaningful Movies Project

Join Fix Democracy First and Meaningful Movies Project for an online film screening and panel discussion on gerrymandering with "Slay the Dragon," a 2019 documentary film about gerrymandering in the United States directed by Barak Goodman and Chris Durrance. The film follows citizens' groups as they work to end the practice of gerrymandering, which they see as undermining democracy. It features Katie Fahey, the activist who founded Voters Not Politicians and led a successful grassroots campaign to ban partisan gerrymandering in Michigan. View trailer here:

Location: Webinar

2020 Vision: Picturing Real Democracy with guest speaker, Lawrence Lessi

Organizer: Fix Democracy First

Join Fix Democracy First for 2020 Vision: Picturing Real Democracy with special guest speaker, Lawrence Lessig. Lawrence Lessig is the Roy L. Furman Professor of Law and Leadership at Harvard Law School, and the founder of Equal Citizens. Cited by The New Yorker as "the most important thinker on intellectual property in the Internet era," Lessig has focused much of his career on law and technology, especially as it affects copyright. His current work addresses "institutional corruption" — relationships which, while legal, weaken public trust in an institution — especially as that affects democracy.

Location: Webinar

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