CSD Newsletter – August 31, 2011

Welcome to the sixth edition of the Campaign for Stronger Democracy’s e-newsletter — a clearinghouse for news about the democracy reform community. The Campaign is a new coalition that is working to increase collaboration among democracy advocates.

The headlines below will be archived at the Campaign for Stronger Democracy’s web site.
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Five Things You Must Read

  • Colorlines.com Survey: What explains racial disparities? (Colorlines): A study from Colorlines.com and Applied Research Center (Colorlines’ publisher) examine racial disparities in America, as well as what people view as the reasons for these disparities. The results showed that regardless of the race with which people identified, hard work leads to success in America, and a lack of success doesn’t mean that someone did not work hard; however, people in different racial groups have varying explanations for why a racial achievement gap exists.
  • A poll-tax by any other name (New York Times):Congressman John Lewis weighs in on the spread of voter ID laws, equating them to a modern day poll tax on people of color (particularly the 25% of African Americans who lack photo ID) and young people, including students. He also touches on the reduction in early voting and new restrictions on voter registration drives that make it more difficult for Americans to cast a ballot.
  • The biggest loser in the debt ceiling deal: American democracy (OMB Watch): A post at OMB Watch states that democracy came out on the short end of the debt ceiling deal.The piece calls for public participation, and transparency in the process, and says that democracy can be restored once the citizenry is re-engaged, and the elected officials begin working in the public interest.
  • Our unbalanced democracy (New York Times): During the debt ceiling negotiations in late July, two Yale professors looked at what needed to be done in order to heal American democracy. They argue for procedural changes and updating Congressional rules to eliminate the filibuster and approve measures to encourage up-or-down votes.

Upcoming Events

HEADLINES

Democracy 2.0

Electoral Reform and Voting Rights

Judicial Reform

Lobbying, Ethics and Campaign Finance Reform

Media Reform and Internet Access

National, Community and Public Service

Participation, Collaboration, and Civic Engagement

Racial Justice, Civil Rights and Immigrant Civic Inclusion

Transparency and Openness

Youth Engagement and Civic Education

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