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Voting & Elections 09.7.2021

Democracy’s Essential Infrastructure

Successful self-government depends upon a well-informed citizenry. Democracy is premised on the belief that an informed electorate is best able to set the course of government. But if we the people are denied the news and facts needed to make sound judgments, we will make decisions that harm our nation.

Voting & Elections 10.22.2021

The Freedom to Vote or the Freedom to Filibuster

Senate Republicans used a loophole in the Senate’s rules—the filibuster—to block even holding a debate on the Freedom to Vote Act. It’s the third time they’ve stopped their colleagues from debating voting rights legislation this year. Senators now face a choice: protect the freedom to vote and find a way to send this bill to President Biden’s desk, or let it die due to Republican obstruction and abuse of internal Senate rules.

10.21.2021

Facebook Whistleblower Reveals How They’re Dropping The Ball On Election Disinfo

Facebook is not fulfilling their claims to do everything they can to tamp down combat disinformation and prevent social harm through their platform.

10.14.2021

A major step forward for the Freedom to Vote Act

Either we protect the freedom to vote, or protect the filibuster, an antiquated Senate loophole that lets McConnell block crucial legislation.

10.6.2021

Sneaker Subculture: A pathway to equity and economic freedom

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