In a representative democracy, voters should be expected to choose their representatives. However, the practice of partisan gerrymandering allows politicians to choose their voters. The practice of gerrymandering determines whether district lines are drawn that either strengthen or dilute the voices of targeted voters. This episode of Democracy Nerd examines efforts to reform partisan gerrymandering. Guests include Katie Fahey, who helped lead a ballot initiative to ban partisan gerrymandering in the state of Michigan.
In a new monthly column on The Fulcrum, Katie Fahey talks about Civic Duty. In the coming months, she will introduce you to some of the men and women from across the country whose powerful stories of civic engagement are bettering their communities and repairing America's torn social fabric.
Katie Fahey of The People, a Michigan-based advocacy group, talks with Larry Lessig about how she wrote a Facebook post asking if anyone else wanted to take on gerrymandering in Michigan… and then found herself leading a successful movement that passed a ballot measure to actually end gerrymandering in Michigan.
Editor: In May, I was fortunate to represent Virginia as a delegate to the First National Assembly of The People. The event – http://thepeople.org/ – brought citizens together from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico in order to bridge political divides. After connecting as real people (e.g., talking about family, personal experiences, etc.), discussing our visions for America, and stating our grievances about the current state of politics and polarization in America, we collectively drew up the Declaration of The People. Read More
The Supreme Court ruled recently that it had no business in dismantling partisan gerrymandering. In 1776, our nation declared we would be a country whose government would derive its power from the consent of the governed. The Supreme Court’s decision is a step away from that bold endeavor. It impacts every American citizen. Read More
At the end of April, Katie Fahey will pull up at Grand Rapids’ modest airport in a ride that’s anything but: a limousine. She’ll be headed to the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City, where a documentary about the organization she founded to end political gerrymandering will premiere at $24 a ticket. The festival insisted she ride to and from the airport in style. Read More