Protect our Democracy
Under President Trump, our democracy faces grave danger. This huddle will monitor threats to our liberties and values. When necessary, we will urge elected officials and fellow citizens to act decisively through legislative channels, voting and protest. We see worrisome signs of a weakened democracy in:
- The erosion of civil liberties and human rights. A decline in political civility and the use of fear-mongering that divides social classes, minorities and ethnic groups.
- Disregard for the rule of law; legislation or executive orders that curb individual rights or the rights of a targeted group, such as immigrants.
- Contempt for the freedom of the press and efforts to block the press’s access to information.
- Fomenting cynicism and mistrust about institutions that are essential to democracy: legitimate journalism, independent judiciary, academia.
- Curtailing of voting rights. We have already seen minorities purged from voter registration rolls in Republican controlled states and observed how the redrawing of state and congressional districts assures a party stays in power.
- A government ruled by the rich for personal gain; the unbridled use of money in politics.
This huddle sees cynicism and apathy as a threat to democracy. Our outreach will put a spotlight on the importance of voting
and community involvement, and direct you to articles, videos,
books and organizations to inform your action
in support of our democracy.
Common Cause is a nonpartisan grassroots organization dedicated to upholding the core values of American democracy. We work to create open, honest, and accountable government that serves the public interest; promote equal rights, opportunity, and representation for all; and empower all people to make their voices heard in the political process.
United to Protect Democracy
Linking together lawyers who served at the highest levels of our federal government, in service of all concerned Americans, we are United to Protect Democracy.
Brennan Center for Justice
The Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law is a nonpartisan law and policy institute that seeks to improve our systems of democracy and justice. We work to hold our political institutions and laws accountable to the twin American ideals of democracy and equal justice for all. The Center’s work ranges from voting rights to campaign finance reform, from ending mass incarceration to preserving Constitutional protection in the fight against terrorism. Part think tank, part advocacy group, part cutting-edge communications hub, we start with rigorous research. We craft innovative policies. And we fight for them — in Congress and the states, the courts, and in the court of public opinion.
Freedom House is an independent watchdog organization dedicated to the expansion of freedom and democracy around the world.
We analyze the challenges to freedom, advocate for greater political rights and civil liberties, and support frontline activists to defend human rights and promote democratic change. Founded in 1941, Freedom House was the first American organization to champion the advancement of freedom globally.
We recognize that freedom is possible only in democratic political environments where governments are accountable to their own people; the rule of law prevails; and freedoms of expression, association, and belief, as well as respect for the rights of minorities and women, are guaranteed. More than 2.5 billion people live in countries that Freedom House designates “Not Free,” more than a third of the globe’s population.
Lawyers for Good Government
In the wake of the 2016 election, an army of more than 120,000 lawyers, law students, and activists has risen up in defense of the values, principles, individuals, and communities that make America a truly great nation. Join us.
Welcome to Lawfare, a blog by Robert Chesney, Jack Goldsmith, and Benjamin Wittes. For those readers familiar with our prior writings, our subject will come as no surprise: We mean to devote this blog to that nebulous zone in which actions taken or contemplated to protect the nation interact with the nation’s laws and legal institutions.