CSD Newsletter – October 31, 2011

Welcome to the eighth 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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From the Blog

  • Join us for an upcoming Democracy Exchange: This month’s Democracy Exchange topic is the Latino Community and Democracy Reform. In a conversation hosted by Val Ramos of Everyday Democracy, we’ll hear about some of the democracy work done within the Latino community as it relates to voter engagement and civic participation, as well as where the community is headed next. Panelists on the call will b e Julissa Gutierrez of the National Association of Latino Elected & Appointed Officials (NALEO), Hector Sanchez of the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement, and Maria Teresa Kumar of Voto Latino. Sign up for the Exchange on our website and please forward to anyone who might be interested.
  • Examining and improving We The People: Recently, the White House launched its new e-petitions website, We the People. The site allows members of the public to create petitions, circulate them, and then have them submitted to the White House for comment once they reach a threshold number of signatures. We take a look at some analysis from iSolon president JH Snyder as well as an effort from some civic participation groups, including Campaign steering committee member AmericaSpeaks, to solicit input for improving the process.
  • The myth of voter fraud: State legislatures in 2011 have been pushing restrictive photo ID requirements for voters, often in the name of preventing voter fraud. However, recent studies and reports, specifically from the Advancement Project and Brennan Center, have shown that voter fraud is largely a myth. Those reports along with a couple of editorials from the Washington Post and New York Times, we look more closely at this myth, and how it ends up disproportionately impacting people of color, seniors, and students.

Four Things You Must Read

  • Children of immigrants hit an economic ceiling (Los Angeles Times): The Los Angeles Times looks at a new trend of well educated American born children of immigrants having decreased access to jobs in their field. Instead, the Times finds, many of them have not been able to achieve a higher standard of living than their parents, despite their education. The article cites a study from Pew that finds only 47% of Americans believing that their children will have a higher standard of living than they do.
  • Civic Engagement Among Registered Voters and Non-Registered Eligible Citizens (CIRCLE): In a new analysis, CIRCLE finds that registered voters are more likely to participate in other civic and political activities than those who are eligible to vote but not registered. Registered voters, overall, are more strongly connected with their communities and are more likely to discuss political issues. CIRCLE also finds that minority groups are less likely to be involved with their communities than white citizens.

Upcoming Events


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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