Friends of the Earth is working to create stronger and more effective environmental policies by fostering representative and responsive democratic institutions across the United States. Friends of the Earth is expanding its role in the movement to reform our shared democracy. Working closely with local partners on the ground, we are building the grassroots leadership, capacity and broad-based political power necessary to drive meaningful long-term democracy reforms across the country.
Environmental progress — from curbing climate change to ensuring the safety of the food we eat and the water we drink — is hampered by threats to our democratic system. In particular, gerrymandering is an attack on our democratic process that affects all citizens, especially frontline communities fighting for environmental justice. Politicians are rigging districts to benefit themselves and the corporations that fund their campaigns.
This voter suppression blocks necessary environmental change and forces environmental battles onto defensive terrain. Addressing our broken political system is the task of this generation — and it is key to ensuring social and environmental justice. To bring about necessary environmental change for ALL people, we must fight to end gerrymandering and voter suppression and ensure that every vote counts.
We believe that the environmental community is a critical partner in the movement to advance democracy reform from the bottom up. Since establishing a dedicated Democracy Program, Friends of the Earth has demonstrated the critical role that environmentalists play in pushing local and state victories over the finish line. To protect the environment, we need politicians who are accountable to the people — not polluters. Working with local and national partners, we develop and implement innovative campaigns mobilizing environmental constituencies to advocate for practical solutions addressing our democratic deficits.
The bill, North Carolina Citizens Redistricting Commission Act, will create a gold standard for reforming the current redistricting process and reining in a system that allows North Carolina lawmakers to hand-pick their voters.
North Carolina state senators and redistricting reform advocates on Tuesday will introduce legislation aimed at transforming the state’s voting maps, placing citizens at the center of the redistricting process.
This visionary bill can change the course of discussion of equal representation. Establishing independent redistricting commissions, mandating the disclosure of all campaign donors and making it harder to purge voter rolls — this is what democracy needs to strive for.
The following videos offer an inside look into the key issues our democracy faces.
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- North Carolina Gerrymandering: A lawsuit in North Carolina is calling for state House & Senate districts to be redrawn
- Glossary of campaign finance in the U.S.
- Unity statement of principles: Solutions to the undue influence of money in politics
- Lean to the Green: The nexuses of unlimited campaign money, voting rights, and the environmental movement presentation
- Representation & Redistricting: Try redistricting yourself with this fun game
- The Voter Suppression Trail: Find out if your vote can survive the great, flawed adventure of American democracy
In the wake of natural disasters, disaster funding is distributed based on the population. The census is also used in drawing redistricting maps for every state. In other words, as we told the Florence survivors we met on the ground, to fight for the census is to fight for every…
This bill will serve as an answer to such a need — one which helps get to the core of democracy and equity for communities of color and this nation. H.R. 1 is a revolutionary bill for the people and is just what we need in this crucial time of our democracy.…
North Carolina has battled against two toxic presences for years: coal ash and hog waste. Hurricane Florence magnifies the hazards presented by these two toxic problems.