Democracy

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. We work to establish stronger and more effective environmental policies by fostering representative and responsive democratic institutions across the United States.

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North Carolina Voter Suppression

Voter suppression, in particular gerrymandering, is an attack on our democratic process that affects everyone, especially communities fighting for environmental justice. Communities of color not only disproportionately bear the brunt of pollution, but they are also on the front lines of climate chaos. Gerrymandering silences their political voices, and fundamentally undermines communities’ ability to elect public officials who represent and fight for their concerns.

In North Carolina, one of the country’s most notoriously gerrymandered states, we work with allies like Blueprint NC to counter gerrymandering through advocating for the creation of an Independent Redistricting Commission.

National Democracy Reform

Our democracy is broken – with our federal agencies more responsive to large corporate lobbyists than to the public interest; and our elected officials more beholden to wealthy donors than to everyday people. We support the wholesale reform of our political system as outlined in the For the People Act and envision a democracy where everyone participates, every vote is counted, and everyone’s voice is heard.

In particular, we work to end to the corporate capture of our regulatory bodies, our politics and our elections. Friends of the Earth is a proud member of the Democracy Initiative, a network of 75 civil rights, environmental, labor, and civic organizations formed to restore the core principles of democracy and political equality.

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Friends of the Earth applauds introduction of democracy reform bill in Senate, urges Congress to pass the For the People Act

The For the People Act (S1) is a once-in-a-generation, landmark bill that will repair our damaged political system, which has prevented our country from tackling critical threats such as climate change and ecosystem collapse.

Friends of the Earth applauds House passage of HR 1, urges Senate to follow suit

The House of Representatives today passed HR1, the For the People Act, a landmark democracy reform bill that would expand and protect voting rights for all, end partisan and racial gerrymandering, get dark money out of politics, and restore transparency and accountability in our government.

Gerrymandered maps unconstitutional, North Carolina judges rule

In a historic ruling handed down yesterday, a panel of three judges struck down legislative maps drawn by Republican lawmakers in North Carolina.

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President Biden should urge passage of the For the People Act in his first State of the Union
President Biden should urge passage of the For the People Act in his first State of the Union

As our country faces a pandemic, an economic depression, a reckoning with racial justice, and a climate crisis, President Biden has the opportunity to use his first address to Congress to chart a new path forward.

What North Carolina’s Unfair Political Maps Have To Do With Hurricanes
What North Carolina’s Unfair Political Maps Have To Do With Hurricanes

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…

H.R. 1: Our environment and the new age civil rights movement
H.R. 1: Our environment and the new age civil rights movement

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.…

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  • Government Ethics and Accountability Campaign: Position Paper
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