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Democracy and Freedom – or Oligarchy?
Panel discussion brought to you by Unitarian Universalist Church of Marblehead
Democracy in the United States has never fully represented the will of ALL the people. Restrictions on voting access, gerrymandering, and campaign finance inequities have also impacted basic freedoms. At least 49 states have introduced more than 400 NEW voter restriction bills. As of September 27, 2021, 19 state legislatures have enacted 33 new laws so far this year that restrict access to the vote. For more detail, click here. These laws especially affect people of color and young people. Many organizations are working hard to reverse this trend. Two major legislative efforts are underway right now—The Freedom to Vote Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act.
Jasmine Banks, Executive Director of UnKoch My Campus http://www.unkochmycampus.org/, the main speaker, will discuss democracy, voting, political power, and the erosion of our public institutions. She will also address ways that we can all participate in solutions to protect our democracy. The four panelists will then present their own organizations’ approaches, and how we can get involved.
Diane Proctor, member of Concord Indivisible, https://concordindivisible.org/ and Reclaim Our Democracy; former President of the League of Women Voters – Concord-Carlisle.
Ulysses Lateiner, volunteer organizer with the We The People Massachusetts constitutional amendment campaign.
Erin Leahy, Organizing Director for Act on Mass, https://actonmass.org/
(Pablo) Pavel DeJesús, Executive Director, Unitarian Universalists for Social Justice (UUSJ), https://uusj.net/wp1/
From the Massachusetts Grassroots Information Center at News-MAGIC.org
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