Our Principles

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We have formed a Campaign for Stronger Democracy because we believe that the American people have the right and should have the fullest opportunity to influence the decisions that impact their lives and contribute to solving the public problems that face our communities and our nation.

We believe that a strong, healthy democracy requires high levels of voter participation, an open and participatory government, strong community organizations, independent media, a fair and impartial judicial system, and informed and engaged citizens. Our democracy must defend racial equity and offer pathways for those who have been traditionally disenfranchised, including new immigrants and young people, to become full and active participants in our civic life. Our political system must protect individual liberties and it must encourage our elected representatives to work together to address our greatest challenges in service of the common good. Our democracy must elevate the voice of the public while reducing the undue influence of money in politics.

The Campaign for Stronger Democracy will foster greater communication and collaboration among the many individuals and organizations who care deeply about the health of our democracy in order to create a more powerful movement.

The list below reflects the many efforts by reformers and advocates to create a strong, healthy democracy that we are committed to supporting.

  • Collaboration/Community Problem Solving: Foster greater collaboration across government agencies and with the public to resolve conflicts and solve problems.
  • Democracy 2.0: Connect citizens to government and deliver services more effectively.
  • Electoral Reform & Voting Rights: Eliminate unnecessary barriers to voter participation, expand voter choices in the election process, and promote fair and uniform administration of elections.
  • Fair & Impartial Judicial System: Ensure that federal and state courts remain fair and impartial.
  • Immigrant Civic Inclusion: Reduce barriers to and promote the civic inclusion of immigrants.
  • Lobbying, Ethics & Campaign Reform: Reduce the disproportionate influence of special interests on our policy making process.
  • Media Reform & Internet Access: Ensure that the public has access to many sources of information and analysis about the issues that are most important to their lives.
  • Organizing and Public Work: Empower people to join together with others to make their voices heard and engage in meaningful work toward citizen-centered solutions in communities and workplaces.
  • Public Deliberation & Participation: Design policymaking processes that are informed by the results of authentic public deliberations and consultations.
  • Public, National & Community Service: Create opportunities for people to volunteer to address community and national problems and participate in civic life.
  • Racial Equity & Civil Rights: Promote and protect the civil and human rights of all persons. Address barriers to full participation.
  • Transparency & Openness: Increase public access to and use of information from the government to increase accountability and improve people’s everyday lives.
  • Youth Engagement & Civic Education: Develop life-long civic skills among young people to improve communities and create better citizens.