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Thursday, September 24, 2020

Democracy Unchained: A Conversation Series

Alyssa Giannirakis Raybuck

Democracy Unchained: A Conversation Series brings together thought leaders in politics, environmental science, religion, and other disciplines to create dialogue about how we rebuild democracy and U.S. government to serve ALL Americans.

Hosted by Washington National Cathedral, the first episode features Van Jones, Tiokasin Ghosthorse, Michael Eric Dyson, David Brooks, Jill Lepore, and others to talk about "The Moral Foundations of Democracy."

Episode 2, "Unprecidented Challenges," premieres Septemeber 24 at 7 p.m. In the second intallment, the program explores how the worldwide pandemic has influenced the current political landscape, and more.

The series was created by State of American Democracy, a nonpartisan group of individuals and organizations that are simply passionate about democracy, politics, and the interests of achieving a government that serves all Americans, regardless of status, income, gender, race, ability, age, and orientation.

The goal of the State of American Democracy Project is to help deepen and broaden the present conversation about democracy and connect it to effective action to repair and strengthen democratic institutions. It is neither conservative nor liberal, but aims rather to advance the restoration of respect for the rules of tolerance, fairness, and equality before the law that are the sine qua nonof democracy. Much of the work ahead requires repairing institutions, “habits of heart,” and political culture that have atrophied over many decades. Important parts of the work ahead, however, will require new thinking about governance, politics, and policy to meet the challenges of the “long emergency” posed by a destabilizing climate, loss of species, and the cascading effects of ecological systems failure that will threaten food and energy systems and thereby governments, economies, and domestic tranquility.

Click here for more information and updates on future episodes in the Democracy Unchained: A Conversation Series.

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