Welcome to Focus on Democracy

Focus On Democracy is dedicated to highlighting issues related to electoral reform and justice. Our democracy itself, as well as numerous issues needing our attention, from economic and environmental concerns to racial and social justice, etc., cannot make any real lasting progress until we first come together as a nation and address our broken electoral system.

Focus On Democracy’s George Ripley is proposing that all issue-focussed organizations and movements band together as a whole next February and March of 2018 to devote our collective concentrated energy during those two months to highlight a national conversation on electoral issues and begin to solve them at both the state and national levels. Omnibus legislation, voter education, media coverage and civic engagement will all be part of the conversation.

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All Hands On Deck  –  Create a United Front to Move the Election Reform Agenda

Summer 2017: If anything about America approaches the sacred, it is our belief in Democracy. Americans consider it our most precious heritage. We go to war to promote it worldwide. We claim to be the standard bearer of the world in terms of Democracy but in fact, these days, we are nowhere near reaching that title.  It is time we did, and with sense of urgency.

This is a plan to create the power and attention to our cause that can push important legislation into being before 2018.

I propose that between next February 1st and March 31st, nine months before the 2018 elections, all electoral reform issue groups throughout the country, large and small, focus all of their public relations, communications, and outreach budgets in a massive coordinated media campaign to develop a united front and an organized, high profile national movement for strengthening and protecting our democracy and elections.

If we want to win we have got to go massive, and the public has never been more ready to get on board.  According to a statistic shared by Marta Steele at the Left Forum in NYC, a full 90% of Americans have lost faith in our elections.

I think it is clear that currently there is no significantly comparable unified national movement for electoral reform as can be found with the labor, environmental, racial and economic justice movements, etc., all of which, by the way, stand to benefit from a strong democracy.  We simply have not built a unified movement.

All the parts and pieces are there but there is no identifiable “unified national Electoral Reform movement” because, other than in a few tenuous efforts, fraught with insider politics, we have not yet come together as a massive, popular United Front demanding to work on commonly agreed upon legislative goals and best practices to achieve electoral reform legislation in the states and at the national level. To be sure, the groups all talk to each other, but other than the Democracy Spring and Democracy Awakening  events last year, there has been no Unified Front that the entire nation can point to and say, ”Hey, the time has come! Let’s get together as a nation and fix our democracy!”

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