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Don’t Miss This Summer’s Democracy Exchanges

Taken from the Campaign for a Stronger Democracy’s website.

The Campaign for Stronger Democracy will host a series of conversations this summer, called Democracy Exchanges, in order to explore important issues that impact the democracy reform community.

Each month, we’ll spotlight a different topic and ask key leaders to share about their experience working on the topic during a one hour conference call. Additionally, we will set aside 10 minutes from each call in order to give a few other organizations a chance to provide a quick briefing on an important new project or campaign that the community should know about.

To sign up to participate in one or all of the Democracy Exchanges scheduled for this summer, register here.

How Can We More Effectively Appeal to New Audiences?
June 7, 2011 @ 2 p.m. eastern

Join Nick Nyhart of Public Campaign and Amalia Deloney of the Center for Media Justice in a discussion about how democracy reformers can recruit new allies and broaden public support by communicating about our issues more effectively. Public Campaign and the Center for Media Justice have both worked to frame campaign finance and media reform in ways that resonate with groups that traditionally are focused on other issues. Learn about what these organizations have tried and discuss what lessons we as a community can learn about how we frame our work and reach out to others.

How Can We Better Involve New Immigrants in our Civic Life?
July 7, 2011 @ 2 p.m. eastern

Join David Lubell of Welcoming America along with Terry Amsler and Mahvach Hassan of the California Institute for Local Government in a discussion about the importance of immigrant “welcoming”, civic inclusion, and their place in the broader democracy reform agenda. We will hear about the exciting work that David, Terry and Mahvash have been leading to involve local governments and their communities to more actively welcome and engage immigrants in the civic and political life of their communities. Learn about this innovative work and discuss the different ways that democracy reformers can support immigrant civic inclusion.

How Can We Fight Budget Cuts that Threaten Our Democracy?
August 2, 2011 @ 1 p.m. eastern

Join Daniel Schuman of the Sunlight Foundation, Julie Murphy of the Points of Light Institute, and Ted McConnell of the Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools in a discussion about federal budget cuts and what we can learn from the FY2011 budget process to prepare for potential cuts in FY2012. The recent political battle over the federal budget saw threats to awide array of programs that are important to a healthy democracy, including public media, national service, civic education programs, immigrant civic integration grants, open government programs, public financing of elections, and more. Learn about what took place for FY2011 and discuss what we as a community can do to protect against future cuts.

Save the Date

Sign up here to participate in one or all of the Democracy Exchanges. We will send around call-in details and other information soon.

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