Past Bay Area Democracy Funders Events
Judicial independence may be the most consequential — though least visible and discussed — long-term threat to a well-functioning American democracy. The partisan political climate in the U.S. has emboldened lawmakers to undermine the role of an independent judiciary by mounting unprecedented assaults at the state and federal levels.
In her award-winning book, Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’
Access to the ballot and voting rights continue to be threatened in increasing and unprecedented ways. Nearly half the states have enacted new voting restrictions since 2010.
State and federal officials readily acknowledge that the shadows that hung over the 2016 vote have not cleared. These include attempts to interfere with state voting systems, dissemination of misinformation through social media platforms and using techniques such as automated “bots.” With the recent revelation that the data of up to 87 million Facebook users may have been harvested by Cambridge Analytica, the firm connected to the Trump campaign, there is heightened fear and confusion ahead of November’s midterm elections.
We’re bringing together digital, policy, and philanthropic experts to address those threats to a functioning democracy, the concrete ways to protect election integrity in the United States and around the world, and the role of funders. The meeting takes place in Menlo Park at the Hewlett Foundation, which recently pledged $10 million to study social media and digital disinformation.
The Census happens just once every 10 years but its outcomes have serious ramifications: Will California lose a congressional seat?
This 90-minute session will be followed by an on-site reception.
Political districts are redrawn every 10 years after the census to reflect population changes. As we look ahead to 2020, redistricting has become a major focus for political activism because it will set the stage for legislative decisions at all levels of government for the next decade. We’ll have an informed, nonpartisan dialogue about the legal, political, practical, and charitable routes toward fairer redistricting.
Americans have a right know that their representatives are serving their interests and not profiting off their positions in government. Join us as we explore the historical roots of corruption, define and identify conflicts of interest and ethics violations, and help determine what we can do to support greater transparency and accountability in our government.