CSD Newsletter – April 27, 2012

Welcome to the latest 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.

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From the Blog

  • Democracy Exchange on Media Access and Reform, May 1: The Campaign’s next Democracy Exchange phone call will take place May 1 at 3pm, on the topic of media access and reform. Joining us will be Rinku Sen of Colorlines and Craig Aaron of Free Press. RSVP at our website and you’ll get the dial-in number over email.
  • An Inclusive Democracy: The Campaign’s Executive Director Peter Hardie writes about the importance of an inclusive democracy, and making sure that all people have the capacity to understand the needs of their communities in order to make a difference.
  • Got ID? New report on ensuring voters have ID where it’s required: A new report from Demos, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights, Common Cause, and Fair Elections Legal Network looks at the work being done on the ground to ensure voters can get ID when they need it to vote. The report also outlines best practices and steps that can be taken to run an effective education and outreach campaign.
  • Increasing participation through money in politics: One way to increase participation can be through money in politics, says Spencer Overton. We look at his piece, “The Participation Interest” where he argues that the state has an interest in increasing participation, and can achieve this through matching funds for small donors, amongst other practices.
  • Televise the Supreme Court?: With an increasing number of high profile cases heading to the Supreme Court (including challenges to health care and state immigration laws), is it time to televise the Supreme Court in the name of transparency?

Four Things You Must Read

  • National Survey: Super PACs, Corruption, and Democracy (Brennan Center for Justice): A new national survey from the Brennan Center shows that 73 percent of respondents believe that there would be less corruption if limits were places on Super PACs, and 65 percent say that they trust government less because of the influence that big donors to super PACs have over regular voters.
  • Why Civics Class Should Be Sexy (The Atlantic): Eric Liu, former advisor to President Clinton, writes in the Atlantic about how civics education should be as captivating to young people as many television shows. By introducing power structures into the curriculum, they can be a powerful and involved generation.
  • Direct Democracy Comes to Harlem (Bill Moyers): New York City has started experimenting with direct democracy, allowing its residents to have a say in local spending through a participatory budgeting process. Through the process, people of color and low-income residents were represented at higher rates than in regular electoral politics.

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

State and Local Democracy

Transparency and Openness

Youth Engagement and Civic Education

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