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The People

The mission of The People is to bring Americans together to engage in civil discourse, establish and carry out nonpartisan governmental reforms. By doing so, we will live in a truly representative democracy. By activating all citizens and bringing our country together, one collective voice will be established and the average person can be heard. We will help individuals organize around common causes, rounding out strengths and weaknesses, and connecting them with others to accelerate their efforts. This will help us to facilitate productive dialogue between those with variation in beliefs and promote action to address needed governmental reforms.
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The People National Assembly: Seeking Effective Elections

Organizer: The People

This year will mark our 3rd annual (Virtual) National Assembly of The People, and we are excited to bring people from all over the country and political spectrum together to find common ground around our theme of Seeking Effective Elections.

When you think of what it means to have effective elections, what does that look like to you? Is it access? Transparency? Security? Who makes the ballot? The influence of money? Ensuring the effectiveness of our elections is a top priority no matter your perspective, and we believe this is a crucial place for finding that common ground.

The event will not only provide the opportunity for some meaningful conversations and bridge-building, but also to hear from those actively involved in reform, and we will take it one step further with the collective creation of action steps forward towards real system reform.

Location: Virtual

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Democracy For All 2021 Action

$1 million HR 1 ad campaign targets Ariz​ona, Georgia and New Hampshire​

Democracy reform advocates are taking to the airwaves once again in the hopes of bolstering the For the People Act's chances in the Senate.

A coalition of 15 labor groups, environmental advocates and progressive organizations launched a $1 million advertising campaign on Monday to promote the sweeping democracy reform legislation nationally and in targeted states.

As more than 360 restrictive voting bills are being considered in nearly every state, the campaign highlights how the For the People Act could protect voting rights and expand voting access nationwide. But with the filibuster still intact, passage requires getting all 50 Democratic senators and at least 10 of their Republican colleagues on board — a nearly impossible task.

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MAP founder Steven Olikara (left) stepped down from the top job earlier this year. Layla Zaidane has been named the new CEO.

Millennial Action Project and its founder begin new chapters

Growing up in Milwaukee, Steven Olikara felt that playing music was the only way to bring people of all backgrounds and ideologies together — until he was inspired to launch the Millennial Action Project.

Believing the trend toward polarization had put American democracy on perilous footing, Olikara decided to translate his musical performances into political involvement on a national scale. In 2013, he officially launched MAP with the hopes that the next generation could bridge the political divide and put America on the right path forward.

Now, after nearly a decade at the helm, Olikara has stepped down as both he and the organization enter new chapters. On Wednesday, the organization announced as his successor Layla Zaidane, who previously served as MAP's executive director and COO. As for Olikara's next steps, the 31-year-old has his sights set on a potential Senate run next year when Republican Ron Johnson's seat is up for election.

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