DEMOCRACY

We Believe in A Fair and True Democracy

We envision an inclusive democracy that allows all New Yorkers to participate fully and equally in the electoral process. Only by winning a true democracy can we address the most urgent issues of our time: climate change, structural racism, economic inequality, mass incarceration, policing, education, housing, and health care. Together we can transform our broken voting and electoral systems, and create a vibrant, healthy democracy that values all of our voices.

 


 

Every New Yorker Deserves an Inclusive Democracy

 

  • Repair Our Broken Voting Systems
  • Enact a Small-Dollar Matching Fund for Political Campaigns
  • Increase the Political Power of Working People
  • Close the Loopholes That Allow Large Corporate Donations

New York State's Democracy Crisis

Our voting and electoral systems are broken. Wall Street billionaires and rich corporate donors continue to flood our elections with money, drowning out the voices of everyday New Yorkers. While the wealthy can write giant checks, the rest of us have only our votes. Too many New Yorkers are blocked or discouraged from voting, especially low-income people, people of color, and people with disabilities. This undermines our quest for a truly representative democracy that listens and responds to the needs of all people.

New York State's Democracy Crisis

Our voting and electoral systems are broken. Wall Street billionaires and rich corporate donors continue to flood our elections with money, drowning out the voices of everyday New Yorkers. While the wealthy can write giant checks, the rest of us have only our votes. Too many New Yorkers are blocked or discouraged from voting, especially low-income people, people of color, and people with disabilities. This undermines our quest for a truly representative democracy that listens and responds to the needs of all people.

“Too often, big money influences what is possible in our political debates and who is going to hold office. It’s extremely hard to raise the money you need to run for state office. A system of public campaign finance empowers regular people and matches small donations.”

Jesse Laymon

Board Member, Citizen Action of New York

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