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Dēmos is a research, public policy and advocacy “think and do” tank dedicated to building a democracy that includes every citizen and an economy that works for everyone.

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K. Sabeel Rahman
K. Sabeel Rahman is a leading progressive thinker and movement builder whose specialty is linking big ideas to social change strategies. He is an Associate Professor of Law at Brooklyn Law School, specializing in constitutional law, and the author of "Democracy Against Domination and Civic Power." His writing appears frequently in the media. A Muslim American and the child of Bangladeshi immigrants, Rahman earned his J.D. and Ph.D. at Harvard University and his M.A. at the University of Oxford.
Roger Scott
Roger executes projects with branding and storytelling at the forefront. For the past 15 years, he’s created content that’s helped Nike and Boeing bring to life visions and digital strategies for their brands; he’s imagined customer journeys for Jawbone, LVMH, and Intel; and he’s designed product experiences for Sony and Nest.

The impact of your support

Voter suppression poses a very real threat to our democracy. Barriers keep too many from exercising their right to vote and undermine the ideal of a truly representative democracy. Dēmos’ vision of an inclusive democracy means protecting the mechanisms of civic participation, especially for Black and brown communities and popularizing ideas and policies that affirm multi-racial prosperity, cross-racial unity, and a government for all.

With your support, we can:

  • Ensure that Black and brown people and working families are not stripped of their political voice but are empowered to hold officials accountable and to demand the relief our communities need, by working to build a more inclusive democracy through impact litigation, integrated research, advocacy, communications, and field-building efforts; and
  • Protect the vote through policy reform, litigation, and organizing. We are fighting against voter suppression, voter purges, restrictive registration procedures/deadlines; and for expanded access through safe in-person voting, wider language access, same day and online registration, and vote-by-mail. Without these efforts current policies and new COVID-19 procedures threaten the rights of thousands of voters.

Why this work is important

Over the course of American history, barriers have been erected preventing millions of Americans from exercising their right to vote and keeping our country from becoming a truly representative democracy. Free and fair access to voting is essential for ensuring that all voices are heard and are reflected in policymaking, particularly with respect to the glaring inequities in economic opportunity faced by communities with a historical deficit of political power. The current pandemic has not fallen equally across society. It has magnified crises that have always existed for Black and brown people. Now, more than ever, we need long-term solutions to these longstanding inequities. The current crisis of our democracy and economy, made worse by the COVID-19 pandemic, is the product of deep, systemic forms of exclusion and inequity in our political and economic institutions. Dēmos’ Voter Protection Program works to defend and expand access to voting rights for all Americans and protect against voter suppression, centering people of color and others who are disproportionately disenfranchised.

Our track record

Dēmos is a dynamic “think-and-do tank” powering the movement for a just, inclusive, multiracial democracy by introducing bold, race-forward progressive ideas, reinforcing them with original research and analysis, and moving them from concept to reality through policy advocacy, impact litigation, and deep relationships with grassroots partners. Dēmos champions solutions that will create a democracy and economy rooted in racial equity and inclusion. Our Legal department litigates and provides policy expertise to protect voters; our Policy and Research team conducts research to move and inform policy reform; and our Campaigns and Partnerships staff build deep relationships with grassroots organizations to develop on the ground campaigns. Our pursuit of structural enforcement of the National Voter Registration Act has facilitated voter registration opportunities for well over 3 million people to date. In addition to 15 ongoing voting rights cases, we have launched a rapid response to new COVID-19 related threats by expanding our focus to three additional states most at risk for wide voter suppression in Black and brown communities.

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