The flood of big money into campaigns, combined with racist voter suppression across the country has led to an enormous grassroots counter-reaction and a demand for structural reform. The 2018 election showed voters are eager for deep-rooted reform. Democracy advocates are working to quickly take advantage of the new landscape. Nationally, US House leadership have announced plans for the passage of HR1 to address voting rights, gerrymandering, and public campaign financing, establishing the benchmark for unrigging the system. In New York State, the election brought a wave of new legislators who campaigned and won on the issue of money in politics reform and the need to advance voting rights statewide. This has created an opportunity to enact both reforms in early 2019.
Join this call to learn more about the fast-moving momentum for a small-donor matching program in New York State. Getting incumbents to unrig the system is never easy, but community-based groups and activists are already organizing to press New York lawmakers to take action. The coalition is connecting democracy, economic justice, and racial justice in a comprehensive approach to take on corporate power and win transformational democracy reforms.
Hear from the Fair Elections for NY coalition about their strategy to make democracy first on the agenda in January. Confirmed speakers include:
- Karen Scharff, Executive Director, Citizen Action of NY
- Javier Valdes, Co-Executive Director, Make the Road NY
- Jonathan Westin, Executive Director, New York Communities for Change
- Bill Lipton, Director, Working Families NY
This call is cosponsored by the Piper Fund, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Mertz Gilmore Foundation, and Voqal.