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This case study follows the Texas Organizing Project as it worked to build power and equity for working-class Black & Latino communities in greater Houston after Hurricane Harvey—ultimately implementing a winning 3-part inside-outside strategy.
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.
Policy choices have allowed big companies to continuously use their power to preserve economic and democratic imbalances that maintain their wealth and influence at the expense of everyone else.
Until voters and elected leaders in Baltimore, Maryland took action to bring small donor public financing to their elections, big money in politics was a growing problem in the city.
A coalition of Black and brown community organizations and activists helped enact a first-of-its-kind democracy dollars program in Seattle.
Empowering Small Donors to Break the Vicious Cycle of Racial Exclusion in our Democracy & Economy
Removing unnecessary hurdles to small donor participation will help fix a system that currently prioritizes wealthy, white, male donors over communities of color and working-class people.
Executive actions the new administration can take to deliver economic relief and protect workers and families.
How Albuquerque Campaign Donors Do Not Reflect the City’s Diverse Population and Needs
Democracy Dollars Can Make Every Voice Matter in Albuquerque’s Elections
The Supreme Court should hold that Title VII bars discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
How We Can Fix the Housing Affordability Crisis
The white, wealthy donor class that fuels Baltimore's elections
Public-sector jobs in Massachusetts are more likely than private-sector jobs to be good jobs that provide a family-supporting income and wealth-building benefits. They need to be preserved.
How we work every day to operationalize within our organization the racial equity and inclusion that we seek to advance in our country.
26 state policies for a race-forward, populist agenda to empower all Americans.
Judge Kavanaugh's record raises serious concerns that he would expand the power of big money in politics, weaken voter protections, and insulate the president from the rule of law.
The working class today is much more complex and diverse than the white, male, manufacturing archetype often evoked in popular narratives.
Methodology: Demos sponsored an online survey among 1,536 registered voters, conducted June 5 to June 14, 2017. The research included a base sample of registered voters and, for deeper analysis, oversamples of working-class African Americans, working-class Hispanics, working-class white Obama-to-Trump voters, and progressives, defined as people of all races who identify as extremely or somewhat liberal. The data in this survey is weighted by standard weights to make it fully representative.
How 27 states, counties, and municipalities empower small donors and curb the power of big money in politics