"If we want to leave a free and fair democracy for the next generation, our action is critical in this moment."
Karen Hobert Flynn, Common Cause President
“Our liberty is protected by laws and institutional arrangements, but in the final sorting out, the conservatory of our freedom is the mind of the citizen who understands the hazards and disciplines of freedom.”
-John Gardner, Founder of Common Cause
In the summer of 1970, John William Gardner took what he called “the biggest gamble of [his] career,” and founded Common Cause, a citizen’s advocacy group.
Gardner saw that there were a lot of strong special interests, but no one pushing for the concerns of average citizens interested in the greater good.
With disenchantment in government growing, by the end of the year 100,000 people had signed on to Common Cause’s mission to hold power accountable.
We’ve been working for 50 years — and winning bold solutions to strengthen the people’s voice in our government.
Today, we are looking at the challenges ahead as we contemplate 50 more years of democracy as our common cause.
And… each of us has a critical role to play.
Common Cause 50th Anniversary Artivism Contest
My Voice, My Art, Our Cause
As a part of our 50th anniversary, we are honoring those who use their voice for a better democracy through art by hosting a youth artivism contest.
Artivism is a global phenomenon that bridges the creative power of art with the strategic design of activism to bring forth social transformation. Artivism takes art beyond museums and galleries and activism beyond demonstrations and state houses, providing a level of adaptability and access that thrives in our contemporary society. Our goal is to uplift youth voices and perspectives on democracy issues through their creativity.
Please complete this form to receive more information about submission, rules, and voting.
Today, our democracy seems challenged at every turn. But Common Cause stands vigilant and ready to defend it — as we always have — by working together to live up to our nation’s greatest ideals.
But, we can’t do any of this without you.
The animating force behind Common Cause has always been our members — ordinary, but extraordinary Americans just like you — who will speak up for what’s right, and work towards the democracy we all deserve.
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Common Cause has been leading the fight for a fairer, more representative democracy for 50 years — and we’re dedicated to another 50 years of making sure we the people have the power.