In this moment of worldwide democratic decline and rising authoritarianism, democracy requires a robust defense. Some of the forces at play are intentionally fragmenting our society instead of unifying it. This focus area is about strengthening the public’s commitment to democracy and increasing its ability to recognize anti-democratic threats and willingness to act in democracy’s defense.
Goal: Defend inclusive democracy by raising awareness of and responding to its greatest threats.
- Promote public understanding of and commitment to democratic principles and values.
- Defend all citizens’ rights to participate in local, state, and national elections and have their votes count.
- Build social awareness of structural barriers and inequities that undermine belonging and limit collective action and citizen participation.