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  • Saturday, April 10, 2021 at 02:00 PM · 94 rsvps
    Online via Zoom

    2021 Redistricting Forum

    SAVE THE DATE! 

    April 10, 2021 2-4 pm, will be the date and time for this year's Redistricting Forum.  The planning committee is hard at work contacting speakers and creating workshops.   Our last Redistricting Summit attracted 250 registrants, U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley, and other great speakers.  Given the importance of redistricting (and potential gerrymandering) this year, if you care about our Democracy, you won't want to miss it.   SHARE THIS EVENT WITH YOUR FRIENDS! 

    • Defining fair redistricting
    • What is gerrymandering & how is it done?
    • NH's tangled history with gerrymandering
    • What's happening in NH to ensure fair maps in 2021
    • How to get involved in the effort for fair, nonpartisan & transparent maps

    The event is free, but we want to make sure it gets on your calendar!  RSVP below, and you will receive more info when it becomes available.

    Hosted by Open Democracy.   Cosponsored by League of Women Voters - NH; Kent Street Coalition and Granite State Progress.

     

  • Thursday, April 15, 2021 at 07:00 PM · 9 rsvps
    Online via Zoom

    Open Democracy Book Club They Don't Represent Us

    The next meeting of the Open Democracy Book Club will be April 15, 2021 at 7 pm Eastern Standard Time.  We continue to focus on the theme:  Where are we, how did we get here, and what are we going to do about it?"

    The book we chose is Lawrence Lessig's They Don't Represent Us.

    America’s democracy is in crisis. Along many dimensions, a single flaw—unrepresentativeness—has detached our government from the people. And as a people, our fractured partisanship and ignorance on critical issues drive our leaders to stake out ever more extreme positions.

    In They Don’t Represent Us, Harvard law professor Lawrence Lessig charts the way in which the fundamental institutions of our democracy, including our media, respond to narrow interests rather than to the needs and wishes of the nation’s citizenry. But the blame does not only lie with “them”—Washington’s politicians and power brokers, Lessig argues. The problem is also “us.” “We the people” are increasingly uninformed about the issues, while ubiquitous political polling exacerbates the problem, reflecting and normalizing our ignorance and feeding it back into the system as representative of our will.

    What we need, Lessig contends, is a series of reforms, from governmental institutions to the public itself, including:

    • A move immediately to public campaign funding, leading to more representative candidates
    • A reformed Electoral College, that gives the President a reason to represent America as a whole
    • A federal standard to end partisan gerrymandering in the states 
    • A radically reformed Senate
    • A federal penalty on states that don’t secure to their people an equal freedom to vote
    • Institutions that empower the people to speak in an informed and deliberative way

    A soul-searching and incisive examination of our failing political culture, this nonpartisan call to arms speaks to every citizen, offering a far-reaching platform for reform that could save our democracy and make it work for all of us.

    Lawrence Lessig is the Roy L. Furman Professor of Law and Leadership at Harvard Law School. 

    Ordering information:

    They Don't Represent Us, by Lawrence Lessig

    ISBN: 9780062945716

    Audiobook ISBN: 9781094027944

    Harper Collins website.

    Available through your independent bookseller:

    Toadstool Bookstores in Keene & Peterborough,  Gibson's Bookstore in Concord and Water St. Bookstore in Exeter.

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