July 31, 2018 –
The second Charlemont Forum:
Tuesday, 31 July: Reclaiming American Democracy
Charlement Federated Church, Main Street, Charlemont 01339, at 7 pm
Admission is free, and refreshments will be provided.
Most Americans think there’s no way to fix what is perceived by many as the current political polarization, gridlock and dysfunction in our country, but there are state and local reform efforts taking hold in dozens of locations around the nation — many using the citizen-driven ballot initiative process. Four states are advancing “redistricting reform” that would end gerrymandering. Several states are passing comprehensive campaign finance and ethics reforms. Three others are passing “automatic voter registration” laws that ensure everyone is registered to vote. The list goes on. Josh Silver will discuss these efforts, and how a growing coalition of nonpartisan organizations is bringing together grassroots conservatives and progressives to pass these reforms. He will discuss the emerging “post-partisan” movement to reclaim American democracy, and how you can be part of it.
Josh Silveris the founder and director of Represent Us, a national nonpartisan and nonprofit organization that is actively addressing comprehensive campaign finance and election reforms across the nation. He is a veteran election and media reform executive. He was the campaign manager for the successful 1998 Arizona Clean Elections ballot initiative, and is the co-founder and former CEO of FREE Press, a leading media and technology reform advocacy organization. Silver has been profiled in the Wall Street Journal and featured in such media outlets asThe New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, Newsweek, NPR,andCBS Sunday Morning.