*This program is hosted by our partner, Funders' Committee for Civic Participation (FCCP), who has extended an invitation to PNY members. Space is limited and will be granted on a first come, first served basis.*
American cities have historically been places of innovation and incubation when it comes to advancing equity and inclusion. Today, however, they face a fast-growing threat. Since the 2010 midterm elections, state lawmakers have become more aggressive in their use of preemption to stop local lawmaking across a broad and expanding range of issues, including labor standards, civil rights, broadband, environmental protection, and public health. Preemption is now being used to negate elections, perpetuate racial and economic inequality, and limit local anti-discrimination efforts. The sheer number, significant reach, and punitive nature of these preemption laws have overwhelmed local officials and advocates, and sapped the problem-solving power of local governments critical to our representative democracy.
- The landscape of state preemption
- Newly developed legal theories and strategies to push back preemption
- The organizing and communications tactics that have been used in specific states protect the power of local democracy
- Nestor Davidson, Professor, Fordham Law School
- Andrew Gillum, Mayor of Tallahassee, Florida; Campaign to Defend Local Solutions
- Kim Haddow, Communications Consultant, Rockefeller Family Fund
- Elizabeth Guernsey (Moderator), Program Officer, Open Society Foundations
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