Election Day “Firsts”: States Advancing Civil Rights and Democracy on the Ballot
3:00 am – 4:00 am ET
(12:00 - 1:00pm PT)
Co-sponsored by Funders’ Committee for Civic Participation and Funders for LGBTQ Issues November 6th marked several historic election-day “firsts” that will impact civil rights and democracy in states across the country for many years to come. The electorate rejected an anti-democracy voter-ID proposal in Minnesota; advanced marriage equality in Maine, Maryland, Minnesota and Washington; reformed drug policies by legalizing marijuana in Washington state and Colorado; and upheld immigrants’ rights by supporting the state Dream Act in Maryland. Come learn the keys to these successful campaigns from the leaders who helped drive them and glean their battle-tested insights on perennial civic engagement challenges such as building diverse alliances, developing winning messages and getting people to the polls.
- Bill Vandenberg, Open Society Foundations ææ