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Tony Awards: Culture Looks Within, Leads Politics, as Both Must Reduce Barriers Blocking Women and People of Color

Broadway's 73rd Annual Tony Awards did not disappoint. It was entertaining, thought-provoking, provided poignant social and political commentary, and in one of its most powerful moments, Tony Award winner for Best Director of a Musical Rachel Chavkin called out Broadway for not having more women or people of color nominated in her category -- a conversation that echoes our reflective democracy work.

Broadway’s Atticus Finch: Jeff Daniels Breaks Down Race, Politics, Trump

Culture often leads politics and the theatre once again reflects uncomfortable truths with Harper Lee's classic, To Kill A Mockingbird starring Jeff Daniels. If you cannot watch the full nine-minute interview then skip to 6:38 and watch the final portion.

Voting & Elections 05.14.2019

Voting is a right that should not be taken away. Our history with systemic racism means we must first restore that right for millions of Americans.

The history of denying incarcerated people the right to vote is rooted in the history of African American voter suppression. And while restoring that right is gaining traction in the 2020 campaign, Tierra Bradford says many Democratic hopefuls still don’t get the point.

States are already proving For the People Act reforms can work

Passage of the For the People Act through the U.S. House of Representatives was a historic victory for the people-led movement to create an American democracy where every voice is heard and every vote is counted. While work continues to move it through the Senate, many of the common-sense policies in the For the People Act are already in place and working in states across the country.

Voting & Elections 10.30.2018

Will your candidates promote democracy?

Democracy is on the ballot in 2018 -- and voter’s voices will be what makes difference. Find your candidates at democracy2018.org

Voting & Elections 10.28.2018

We Can Be Better: Americans Must Repudiate Politics of Hate

We call on all Americans to repudiate this political hate in each and every conversation with family, friend, and colleagues. We cannot ignore the racist and intolerant invective we see in politics, repeated by some news commentators, and flourishing online. Our own president needs to repudiate this hate speech and own his own very significant contributions to setting the tone that makes people think it is okay to vilify and attack politicians, judges, reporters and others who they don’t agree with.

The People’s Filibuster: Stephen Spaulding’s Midnight Reading

Stephen Spaulding of Common Cause reads at midnight, October 5, 2018, protesting the Senate's rush to judgment on SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

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