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This case study examines how community leaders forced the city of Pittsburgh to provide safe, accessible, and affordable water—and developed an accountability model in the process, by which ordinary people can oversee the public water utility. 
Research
The Economic Democracy Project aims to highlight and develop strategies that Black and brown communities can use to build economic and political power—beginning with four case studies spotlighting community campaigns across the U.S.
Research
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"Despite this setback, Demos remains committed to the fight for a just, inclusive, multiracial democracy."
Press release
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This urgent, defining moment in America calls for The Freedom to Vote: John R. Lewis Act.
Blog
Taifa Smith Butler
"History will not remember fondly those who choose upholding Senate rules over upholding voting rights."
Press release
Taifa Smith Butler
The U.S. Supreme Court today poses a grave threat to our democracy and to the political rights and economic well-being of Black and brown people.
Policy Briefs
Laura Williamson
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A conversation about what’s standing in the way of progress towards an inclusive democracy and a just economy.
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It’s time for America to lead by example and take action to repair our broken system. There is much work to do around the world, but for this country, saving democracy must start at home.
Blog
Taifa Smith Butler
"As we continue to mourn Arbery’s death, we must work to expose the wrongs of this system, right them, and move toward becoming a land in which 74 days of protests isn’t the prerequisite for an arrest.”
In the media
Taifa Smith Butler
If Build Back Better is passed, how do we ensure that everyone gets their fair share? How do we follow the money from the legislation? L. Joy brings Taifa Smith Butler to the front of the class to give us the action items we need to make sure our communities get the most out of it.
In the media
L. Joy Williams