A crucial measure of democracy is the extent to which elected leaders reflect the communities they serve.
For decades, there’s been a push to insinuate special interests deeper into the fabric of our political process. Private wealth floods our elections while global corporations and financial institutions push to profit from our most essential public services like water. In this current moment, how do we harness our collective grassroots power to overcome this rigged system and its corrosive influence on our democracy?
The last several years saw tremendous growth in grassroots capacity to advance financial reforms. Funders have played a crucial role supporting successful efforts to advance economic equity, and that support will continue to be essential as communities work to defend financial and democratic reforms and demonstrate the positive impacts of a racial- and economic-justice policy agenda that works for all and that restores a fair democracy in which people have equal say and power.