Anti-Defamation League is a leading anti-hate organization. Founded in 1913 in response to an escalating climate of anti-Semitism and bigotry, its timeless mission is to protect the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment for all. Today, ADL continues to fight all forms of hate with the same vigor and passion. ADL is a global leader in exposing extremism and delivering anti-bias education, and is a leading organization in training law enforcement. ADL is the first call when acts of anti-Semitism occur. ADL’s ultimate goal is a world in which no group or individual suffers from bias, discrimination or hate.
The Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law is a nonpartisan law and policy institute that seeks to improve our systems of democracy and justice. We work to hold our political institutions and laws accountable to the twin American ideals of democracy and equal justice for all. The Center’s work ranges from voting rights to campaign finance reform, from ending mass incarceration to preserving Constitutional protection in the fight against terrorism.
The California Center for Civic Participation is a non-partisan, non-profit civic education organization, engaging high school students by sparking their interest with exposure to real excitement of the democratic process. We believe that youth hold so much untapped and unlimited power to change their communities and their world and we exist to expose and nurture that power.
The Center’s mission is to promote an enlightened and responsible citizenry committed to democratic principles and actively engaged in the practice of democracy. The Center has reached more than 30 million students and their teachers since 1965.
The Center for Civic Education helps students develop (1) an increased understanding of the institutions of constitutional democracy and the fundamental principles and values upon which they are founded, (2) the skills necessary to participate as competent and responsible citizens, and (3) the willingness to use democratic procedures for making decisions and managing conflict.
The Center for Common Ground empowers under-represented voters through non-partisan voter registration and Get Out the Vote. It provide voter information through door knock canvassing, texting, phone-banking. It also provide free rides to the polls on Election Day.
Center for Election Innovation & Research engages in cutting-edge work to build voter trust, increase voter participation, and improve the efficiency of election administration. Their work helps elections officials maintain accurate and complete voter lists and secure election technology infrastructure.
Common Cause is a nonpartisan, grassroots organization dedicated to upholding the core values of American democracy. We work to ensure open, honest, and accountable government; to promote equal rights, opportunity, and representation for all; and to empower all people to make their voices heard as equals in the political process. Common cause works across four major issue areas: voting and elections; money and politics; ethics, transparency and government accountability; and media and democracy.
Democracy North Carolina is a nonpartisan organization that uses research, organizing, and advocacy to strengthen democratic structures, build power among disenfranchised communities, and inspire confidence in a transformed political process that works for all.
ElectionDay.Org engages businesses to provide resources and tools to promote voting within their organizations including information on how to register, voting methods, and relevant deadlines.
Equal Justice Works creates opportunities for lawyers to transform their passion for equal justice into a lifelong commitment to public service. Equal Justice Works is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization and is the nation’s largest facilitator of opportunities in public interest law. Equal Justice Works brings together an extensive network of law students, lawyers, legal services organizations, and supporters to promote a lifelong commitment to public service and equal justice. The organization believes that a community of lawyers committed to public service can fulfill our nation’s promise of equal justice for all. Following their Fellowships, more than 85% of Equal Justice Works Fellows remain in public service positions, continuing to pursue equal justice for underserved communities.
The Election Official Legal Defense Network (EOLDN) is a project of the nonpartisan, nonprofit Center for Election Innovation & Research. EOLDN connects licensed, qualified, pro bono attorneys with election administrators who need advice or assistance. Election workers from all over the country, at the state and local level, can contact EOLDN via this website or by phone (1-877-313-5210) at any time, to request to be connected to a lawyer who can help them, at no cost. This service is available regardless of the election official’s political affiliation, or whether they work in a blue or red state or county.
FairVote is a nonpartisan organization seeking better elections for all. They research and advance voting reforms that make democracy more functional and representative for every American. FairVote has a proven record since 1992 as a nonpartisan trailblazer that advances and wins electoral reforms at the local, state and national level through strategic research, communications and collaboration. Today, we are the driving force behind advancing ranked choice voting and fair representation in multi-winner legislative districts that will open up our elections to better choices, fairer representation and more civil campaigns.
Indivisible is committed to providing civic education, policy resources, strategic guidance, and targeted trainings for groups across the country. It educates and empowers civic leaders at the community level across the country.
Inspire2Vote supports nonpartisan efforts to promote voter registration among high school students. Inspire2Vote is a program of Project High Hopes, a 501(c)3 operating foundation which engages in innovative programs in the areas of civic responsibility. For more information about Project High Hopes,
The League of Women Voters of the United States encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.
The Lincoln Project is a leading pro-democracy organization in the United States — dedicated to the preservation, protection, and defense of democracy. The Lincoln Project launched with two stated objectives. The first was to defeat Donald Trump at the ballot box. The second was to ensure Trumpism failed alongside him. As we have seen, our fight against Trumpism is only beginning. We must combat these forces everywhere and at all times. Our democracy depends on it.
People For the American Way Foundation conducts research, legal, and education work on behalf of First Amendment freedoms and democratic values; monitors, exposes, and challenges the Religious Right movement and its political allies; identifies, trains, and supports the next generation of progressive leaders through its Young People For youth leadership programs and its Young Elected Officials Network; and carries out nonpartisan voter education, registration, civic participation, and election protection activities.
Project Vote is a national, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization founded on the belief that an organized, diverse electorate is the key to a better America. Project Vote’s mission is to build an electorate that accurately represents the diversity of this nation’s citizenry, and to ensure that every eligible citizen can register, vote, and cast a ballot that counts.
Project Vote Smart offers services and programs for political journalists to enhance their coverage of politics and elections. The Project partners with more than 300 national, state, and local news organizations, all endorsing Project programs. In addition to comprehensive databases on more than 40,000 candidates and incumbents, the Project provides journalists with special research services and publications. We devote considerable effort to researching information about all candidates for presidential, congressional, gubernatorial and state legislative office and elected officials. Voters thus have access to unbiased information on candidates as well as those serving in elected positions.
The Public Citizen Foundation supports Public Citizen’s education, litigation, research, and public information activities. Public Citizen is a national consumer advocacy organization founded in 1971 to represent consumer interests in Congress, the executive branch and the courts. Public Citizen fights for openness and democratic accountability in government, for the right of consumers to seek redress in the courts; for clean, safe and sustainable energy sources; for social and economic justice in trade policies; for strong health, safety and environmental protections; and for safe, effective and affordable prescription drugs and health care.
Reform Elections Now works to reduce partisanship in government through electoral reform. It believes that election reform is the most systematic way to reduce partisanship in government. To this end, we pursue our mission by providing our members and audience with insightful analyses, high-return solutions, and opportunities for targeted engagement with like-minded organizations. Led by a team of non-partisan business people, we focus on pragmatic election reform initiatives that are achievable, constructive, and measurable.
Rideshare2Vote was created to increase the voice and power of people by expanding their civic engagement and voting rights. We have created a voter touch outreach field program that includes our transportation service specifically for Democratic and progressive voters. Rideshare2Vote focuses our work in disenfranchised communities; voting for the first time; who are not voting in every election; that are disabled; living in poverty and who are elderly.
Rise mobilizes student voters to build our political power for change. Our vote is one of the most powerful ways we can change our communities and our county. Rise works to empower students with the knowledge, skills, and tools we need to get out the vote.
Fusing pop culture, politics, and technology, Rock the Vote works to mobilize the millennial voting bloc and the youth vote, protect voting rights, and advocate for an electoral process and voting system that works for the 21st century electorate. For almost 25 years, Rock the Vote has pioneered ways to make voting easier by simplifying and demystifying voter registration and elections for young adults.
Spread The Vote helps members of our communities empower themselves to be heard at the polls: with IDs, registration, education, and turnout. 21 million Americans don’t have photo ID. If they live in a strict voter ID state, they can’t vote. Volunteer to help Americans win back their fundamental right to vote. We love our volunteers! Whether you live in a voter ID state or not, there are a lot of ways that you can help us fight voter suppression.
Students for Justice is a non partisan organization created to empower underrepresented voters in voter-suppression-states. Students for Justice engages young people in the electoral process through paid internships; interns take on a variety of projects –- communications, outreach, and community organizing— all aimed at getting out the vote. Interns develop paid social media campaigns to increase voter registration and turnout. They recruit, train, and motivate volunteers to use postcards, phone calls, and texts to contact some of the 16.5 million Americans who have been purged from the voter rolls, helping them re-establish their voter registration, and get out the vote.
The Andrew Goodman Foundation makes young voices and votes a powerful force in democracy. Our ability to spark their passion — today — will result in change, tomorrow. The Andrew Goodman Foundation supports youth leadership development, voting accessibility, and social justice initiatives on campuses across the country with mini-grants to select institutions of higher learning and other financial assistance to students.
Our vision is that young people will become active, engaged citizens who ensure a just democracy and sustainable future. Join us during this critical time for American democracy and help shape the next generation of civic leaders.
The Center for Public Integrity is dedicated to producing original, responsible investigative journalism on issues of public concern. The mission of the Center for Public Integrity is to protect democracy and inspire change using investigative reporting that exposes betrayals of the public trust by powerful interests. To pursue its mission, the Center generates high-quality, accessible investigative reports, databases, and contextual analysis on issues of public importance; disseminates work to journalists, policymakers, scholars, and citizens using a combination of digital, electronic, and print media; and educates, engages, and empowers citizens with the tools and skills they need to hold government and other private institutions accountable.
The Civics Center is dedicated to building the foundations of youth civic engagement and voter participation in high schools through education, organizing, and advocacy. We support student-led, peer-to-peer voter registration and pre-registration efforts in high school communities.
VoteRiders is the country’s leading nonprofit, nonpartisan organization focused on the issue of voter ID. Our mission is to ensure that no eligible voter is prevented from casting a ballot that counts due to voter ID laws, either directly from lack of acceptable ID or indirectly because of voter confusion. Founded ten years ago, our work has helped millions of voters successfully navigate and overcome the barriers that result from voter ID laws, which are currently in place in 36 states. As we head into 2022 and the crucial midterm elections, our far-reaching voter ID education resources, partnerships, and free ID assistance programs are now more important than ever before.
VoteRiders offers a wide range of virtual and on-the-ground volunteer opportunities for individuals looking to make a difference, including virtual letter-writing and text-banking events and in-person or virtual ID assistance opportunities to support voters in the states of Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Texas, and Wisconsin.
When We All Vote is a leading national, nonpartisan initiative on a mission to change the culture around voting and to increase participation in each and every election by helping to close the race and age gap. Created by Michelle Obama, When We All Vote brings together individuals, institutions, brands, and organizations to register new voters across the country and advance civic education for the entire family and voters of every age to build an informed and engaged electorate for today and generations to come. We empower our supporters and volunteers to take action through voting, advocating for their rights, and holding their elected officials accountable.
If you missed tonight’s program with NY Times business and economics journalist David Leonhardt, veteran in conversation with KPPC’s Larry Mantle, which addressed a broad array of topics, you can find the full unedited recording at this PAST EVENTS link within a few hours of the program’s completion. All of our 109 past programs are posted at that link and remain there indefinitely.
Next week, veteran analyst, CNN senior political reporter and senior editor at The Atlantic, Ron Brownstein, will be in conversation with Robert Shrum, Director, Center for the Political Future and the Carmen H. and Louis Warschaw Chair in Practical Politics at the University of Southern California. on the topic: LOOKING AHEAD TO THE 2022 MIDTERMS…ARE THEY A DOOMSDAY FOR DEMOCRATS? REGISTER HERE
JANUARY 6 HEARINGS
1. Washington Post Editorial Board: With the House Committee public hearings beginning tomorrow, the editorial board of the Washington Post published this editorial stressing the critical importance of the hearings and the hope that the process will lead to important reforms to protect our democracy from future subversive attack. “The committee’s work is the best hope the nation has to get a definitive account of one of its most perilous moments…Americans must be reminded how Jan. 6 called into question many things they could previously take for granted: that their leaders would accede to free and fair election results; that the president would defend the U.S. system of government; that violent resistance to the nation’s democratic institutions would find no succor in the White House or in the halls of Congress. There can be no higher priority than restoring those fundamental norms.”
2. Rick Hasen op-ed in today’s WashingtonPost: In this op-ed in today’s Washington Post, election law expert and America at a Crossroads past and future (June 22) guest, Rick Hasen, opines that while the upcoming hearings may well provide the public with more information about the events of the January 6 insurrection, the most important outcome will be to “highlight continuing vulnerabilities in our electoral system and propose ways to fix them, before it is too late.” Hasen also writes that the pubic hearings present the best chance to mobilize public support for election reform. Hasen warns, “[I]f Republicans retake the House in November, they will never put forth bills that imply the country needs protection from Trump, their kingmaker. If these hearings don’t spur action by this summer or fall, expect Congress to do nothing before the 2024 elections, at which point American democracy will be in great danger.”
BOTH-SIDISM IN THE MEDIA:
Are Fox News and CNN truly mirror images? NO! says this op-ed.
In yesterday’s Los Angeles Times, in this op-ed by Kurt Bardella, a former Republican congressional staffer, he makes the point that Fox News, which had 1000 segments on the Benghazi issue, will not be airing the January 6 hearings this week, as they have decided that the January 6 investigation is nothing more than a “witch-hunt”. On the other hand, Bardella (who defected from the Republican party in 2017) writes that CNN has come under criticism for being partisan when it calls out GOP hypocrisy. (SEE AXIOS: CNN Evaluating Partisan Talent, June 7). “There are those in the establishment media world” writes Bardella, “who still cling to this notion that Democrats and Republicans represent two different-but-equal sides of the same coin. That it’s important for the American people to be presented with ‘both sides’ as if they carry equal weight.” But, the column concludes, what is responsible is that the media “[n]ot allow their platforms to become launderers for the GOP’s lies. [They should] refuse to quote the Republicans who in bad faith rejected the entire inquiry process. Refuse to book on their shows and segments voices who refer to the insurrectionists as ‘patriots.'”
We join in mourning the deaths of the 19 children and their teachers murdered yesterday in Uvalde, Texas. Supporting the action demanded by this impassioned plea for action by San Francisco Warrior’s Head Coach Steve Kerr is one way to honor the memory of those murdered in this horrific tragedy. STEVE KERR PLEA
If you were not able to attend tonight’s program with Secretary Leon Panetta in conversation with Warren Olney, the entire unedited version will be at THIS PAST EVENTS link within a few hours after completion of the program. It remains there indefinitely together with all of our past programs. The discussion was wide-ranging, covering yesterday’s horrible events in Texas, the war in Ukraine, the baby formula crisis, domestic politics, and more.
Next Wednesday Washington Post’s prolific opinion columnist and blogger Jennifer Rubin will be in conversation with KCRW’s Madeleine Brand discussing the most important issues of the day, including abortion, the January 6 Committee and the federal grand jury investigation of Trump. Before Rubin joined the Washington Post in 2000 she wrote for the Weekly Standard and for Commentary. Register Here
RAFFENSPERGER WINS GOP PRIMARY IN GEORGIA…WHAT DOES IT MEAN?
Yesterday’s GOP primary results for Georgia’s Secretary of State were being watched closely as a possible indication of whether Trump’s power as kingmaker persists. At least in Georgia, both respect to Secretary of State and Governor, Trump’s endorsed candidates lost; and, in Idaho and Nebraska, Trump’s candidates in the gubernatorial primaries lost as well. In this analysis by Elaine Godfrey appearing in today’s The Atlantic, Godfrey writes that “[t]he Georgia results add to a growing body of evidence that Trump’s power as a kingmaker–or at least, his power to carry out a political vendetta–has weakened.” Trump was angry at Kemp for not helping to push the “big lie”, and Trump was angry at Raffensperger, for refusing to “find” the 11,780 votes that Trump wanted, and for recording and making public the notorious phone call. But, Godfrey notes, what happens in Georgia’s primary does not reflect what is happening in many other primaries: “Election deniers all over the country are running successful primary campaigns. During the last presidential election, a handful of elected officials, including Raffensperger, chose to hold the democratic process above their own political preferences. Next time around, a different handful of people- in Arizona and Michigan and a number of other states—might choose differently.”
MORE ON YESTERDAY’S PRIMARIES
For additional analysis of yesterday’s primaries, see today’s Bulwark’s Charlie Sykes, Sarah Longwell, et al at Bulwark’s Morning Shots.
RUSSIA’S U.N. COUNSELOR BONDAREV RESIGNS IN PROTEST
In this article in Monday’s Washington Post, it was reported that Boris Bondarev, a counselor at the Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to the United Nations, resigned his position in protest over Russia’s invasIon of Ukraine. In the chilling letter of resignation (see below) Bondarev writes: “Those who conceived this war want only one thing — to remain in power forever, live in pompous tasteless palaces, sail on yachts comparable in tonnage and cost to the entire Russian Navy, enjoying unlimited power and complete impunity. To achieve that they are willing to sacrifice as many lives as it takes. Thousands of Russians and Ukrainians have already died just for this.” Under Russian law those who criticize the war face prosecution under laws that make it a crime to spread “false information” about the Russian military, including by calling the war a war, rather than a “special operation” — Putin’s preferred term. (Bondarev letter of resignation)
If you were not able to attend today’s program with Washington Post opinion columnist Max Boot in conversation with Patt Morrison on the topic: Is American Democracy at the Tipping Point? you can watch the entire program at this Past Events link. The program is posted about 3 hours after it ends, and remains there indefinitely with ALL of our past America at a Crossroads programs.
On May 25 at 5 pm Pacific we will hear from Secretary Leon Panetta, a most unique American leader. In a spectacularly diverse career over the past many decades, Leon Panetta has served the country as Secretary of Defense, White House Chief of Staff, Director of the CIA, Congressman, Director of the Office of Management & Budget, Director, US Office for Civil Rights and more. There may no other American leader who has a better understanding of our government and military than Secretary Panetta–the perfect expert for Part III of “An Expert’s View of a TOPSY-TURVY World”. Register Here.
Today’s New York Times features a powerful column by last week’s America at a Crossroads guest, Bret Stephens. In the column, Stephens warns that the racist and anti-Semitic “replacement theory” (which allegedly animated the Buffalo massacre shooter) is dangerous not because “a handful of its followers are crazy but that too many are sane … it weaponizes America against itself.” Alongside the Stephens piece is an op/ed by another of our prior speakers, Northwestern University Professor Kathleen Belew. It, too, is about “replacement theory” and its long pedigree in American history.
Bret Stephens: “The Right Weaponizes America Against Itself” – read more.
Kathleen Belew: “The Long Game of White-Power Activists Isn’t Just About Violence” – read more.
Ongoing voter suppression and voter list purging have been disenfranchising millions of eligible voters — especially voters of color. Reclaim Our Vote works in those voter suppression states. Our volunteers inform and mobilize voters of color to make sure they are registered and they know how to get a ballot and vote. It is a nonpartisan campaign of the nonprofit 501(c)3 Center for Common Ground.
The League of Women Voters of the United States encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.
Postcards to Voters are friendly, handwritten reminders from volunteers to targeted voters giving Democrats a winning edge in close, key races coast to coast.
In 1990, music executives founded Rock the Vote in response to the censorship of hip-hop and rap artists. Our first partnership, with MTV, promoted the message that “Censorship is Un-American” and activated millions of young people across the country to exercise their rights and represent their interests. For thirty years, we have continuously adapted to the changing landscapes of media, technology and culture to breakthrough and empower each new generation.
Vote.org uses technology to simplify political engagement, increase voter turnout, and strengthen American democracy.
When We All Vote is a non-profit, nonpartisan organization that is on a mission to increase participation in every election and close the race and age voting gap by changing the culture around voting, harnessing grassroots energy, and through strategic partnerships to reach every American.