In a healthy democracy, voters choose their representatives through elections. But when representatives get to draw their own electoral district lines, legislators are choosing their voters instead. This calculated practice undermines the power of voters and the democratic process is stood on its head. Combined with other voter suppression methods – including, voter ID requirements, roll purges, and closure of polling sites – the implementation of policy that better reflects a changed and changing America is blocked. Does gerrymandering and voter suppression de-stabilize American democracy and, more broadly, our society? If so, what can we do to counter such efforts? How can philanthropy support the fight for a fair vote?
Links to articles exploring efforts to diminish or suppress the right to vote and what philanthropy can do about it are below for your reference.
This program is a Food for Thought conversation hosted by the Committee for Equitable and Inclusive Philanthropy for PNY members to discuss “equity” as a tool to buttress their philanthropic practice and as a lens through which to understand current events. Rather than follow a set agenda, the conversation will be a forum for members to engage in informal, interactive discussion exploring issues of equity and inclusion by analyzing and discussing recent articles, research, editorials, and other media.
- December 11 - In Mixed Company: People of Color in White Spaces
- February 6 - The Fight for a Fair Vote
- April 25 - Empathy in an Era of Social Division and Toxic Politics
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