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'Eastpointe' Film Screening & Panel Discussion

Organizers: Fix Democracy First, FairVote WA and More Equitable Democracy

Join filmmaker Grace McNally plus other special guests for a screening and panel discussion of "Eastpointe." When a quiet suburb of Detroit is sued by the Department of Justice, a long history of racial tensions is unearthed and an historic election takes place. "Eastpointe" is the story of a community coping with demographic change in the United States.

When the Department of Justice sued the small town of Eastpointe and alleged its election systems were racist, the town balked at the accusation. After tense negotiations, both parties agreed to allow ranked-choice voting to be the remedy, a historic first for a Voting Rights Act case. The film follows the DOJ officials, community members and candidates during this historic election.

Location: Webinar

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Protestors in Florida speak out against private prisons, which prefer to house Black people because they cost less than white people, according to Kellogg.

Ending racial injustice begins with curbing law enforcement industry's political power

Kellogg is a volunteer in Lincoln, Neb., for Wolf-PAC, which is seeking to build grassroots support for a constitutional amendment that would permit more regulation of money in politics.
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Myth of the Monolith: The Latino Vote in Texas and Beyond

Organizer: Brennan Center for Justice

What can we learn from electoral outcomes in Texas and other battleground states like Florida and Arizona to better understand the differing interests, values, and cultural histories of voters within the broad Latino American voting bloc? What's the distinction between Tejano and Latino? And what role does age, gender, location, and socioeconomic status play here? Join panelists Matt Barreto, Sharon Navarro, Jason Villalba, and Cristina Tzintzún Ramirez for a discussion on these questions and more. Ray Suarez will moderate.

Location: Webinar

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Katherine Tai is slated to be the first congressional aide to move directly to a Cabinet-level post. But she is among the few people of color in senior roles on Capitol Hill.

New guide for boosting diversity and equity in time for Capitol Hill hiring spree

One maxim of democracy reformers is that governments will become more productive and confidence-inducing when they start looking more like the communities they represent.

To that end, nine groups with particular interest in Congress have collaborated on a nuts-and-bolts guide for lawmakers to create and sustain more diverse and inclusive teams of aides.

The booklet began circulating this week, an opportune time for altering a congressional workforce that is not keeping pace with American demographic shifts. Sixty freshly elected House members and seven newly minted senators are making their first hires, while dozens of returning lawmakers are confronting staff churn that has accelerated in the past decade — thanks to the high stress but low productivity of Capitol Hill, pays scales not competitive with the private sector, and sometimes racist and misogynistic office cultures.

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