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Democracy & Justice: Collected Writings, Vol. VII

Democracy & Justice: Collected Writings, Vol. VII

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This volume is a sample of the Brennan Center’s work on all fronts in the fight for democracy and justice in 2013. Material is drawn from Brennan Center reports, policy proposals, and issue briefs, in addition to public remarks, legal briefs, congressional testimony, and op-ed pieces delivered at Brennan Center events or written by Brennan Center staff.
This volume is a sample of the Brennan Center’s work on all fronts in the fight for democracy and justice in 2013. Material is drawn from Brennan Center reports, policy proposals, and issue briefs, in addition to public remarks, legal briefs, congressional testimony, and op-ed pieces delivered at Brennan Center events or written by Brennan Center staff.

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FIXING THE VOTE
 Wendy Weiser, Michael Waldman,Myrna Pérez, Diana Kasdan
CONGRESS AND THE CRISIS IN THE COURTS
 Alicia Bannon
REFORMS TO CURB MASS INCARCERATION
Inimai Chettiar, Lauren-Brooke Eisen, Nicole Fortier
NATIONAL SECURITY, LOCAL POLICE
Michael Price
PLUS: DEMOCRACY TODAY 
Bill Moyers
‘MONEYBALLFOR CRIMINAL JUSTICE
Peter Orszag 
ON POLITICAL POLARIZATION
Richard Pildes, Monica Youn,Robert Bauer, Benjamin Ginsberg 
 WILL SOCIAL MEDIA CHANGE OUR POLITICS?
 Walter Shapiro
THE LIES WE TELL ABOUT THE RIGHT TO COUNSEL
 Andrew Cohen
 AN INNOVATION MOMENT FOR CAMPAIGN REFORM
Gov. Andrew Cuomo, AG Eric Schneiderman, Lawrence Norden, Rep. Chris Van Hollen, Lawrence Lessig 
 
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Brennan Center for Justice
 
© 2014. Tis paper is covered by the Creative Commons “Attribution-No Derivs-NonCommercial” license (see http://creativecommons.org). It may be reproduced in its entirety as long as the Brennan Center is credited, a link to the Center’s web page is provided, and no charge is imposed. Te paper may not be reproduced in part or in altered form, or if a fee is charged, without the Center’s permis¬sion. Please let the Brennan Center know if you reprint.
The Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law
 Te Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law is a nonpartisan law and policy institute that seeks to improve our systems of democracy and justice. We work to hold our political institutions and laws accountable to the twin American ideals of democracy and equal justice for all. Te Center’s work ranges from voting rights to campaign finance reform, from racial justice in criminal law to Constitutional protection in the fight against terrorism. A singular institution — part think tank, part public interest law firm, part advocacy group, part communications hub — the Brennan Center seeks meaningful, measurable change in the systems by which our nation is governed.
About Democracy & Justice: Collected Writings 2013
 Te material in this volume is excerpted from Brennan Center reports, policy proposals, and issue briefs.  We’ve also excerpted material from public remarks, legal briefs, congressional testimony, and op-ed pieces written by Brennan Center staff in 2013. Te volume was compiled and edited by Jeanine Plant-Chirlin, Jim Lyons, Erik Opsal, and Kimberly Lubrano. For a full version of any material printed herein, complete with footnotes, please email jeanine.plant-chirlin@nyu.edu.
 
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Our political system’s long slide toward dysunction tipped into crisis in 2013. Amid shutdowns and debt ceil-ing drama, or the first time, government dysunction ranked highest among Americans’ concerns about the  well-being o our nation.So we have to do what Americans have done every time our institutions all short o our values. We can’t just complain. Despite filibustering and gerrymandering, Super PACs and shutdowns — we can do better. Tat’s where the Brennan Center or Justice comes in. We start with research. We communicate widely. We cra reorms. And we fight or them in court. Tat’s the way Americans have always made legal change.Over the past ew years, the Brennan Center has become one o America’s most effective nonpartisan voices or democracy and justice. When we have to, we fight to deend our values. Hours aer the Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act, states across the country erupted in a estival o voter suppression. We are fighting back.But deensive fights — even deensive victories — are not enough. More than ever: I we don’t fix our systems,  we wont solve our problems. Tis is the Brennan Center’s next great mission. We aim to become the dynamic center o a new generation o reorm ideas. And we’re off to a great start.Our voter registration modernization proposal would guarantee that every eligible American could vote. Nine states enacted parts o our plan in 2013. Our proposal or an independent oversight or the NYPD is now law. In New York State, we came within one vote o passing small donor public financing and com- prehensive reorm. And
Te Washington Post 
 hailed our “smart” plan to reorm ederal unding to reduce mass incarceration. Tis volume offers a sample o this great work rom 2013. We are continuing the fight in 2014. Already, our voting reorms have seen bipartisan consensus in o all places — Washington, D.C. In January, lawmakers introduced a bipartisan bill to strengthen the Voting Rights Act. One week later, President Obamas voting commission released new ideas to improve access to the ballot box. In New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo included public financing in this year’s state budget. We take our charge rom Justice Brennan and his notion o the living constitution — which, at its heart, reflects the core values o our Declaration o Independence — that we are all created equal. Every day, our works seeks to hold America accountable to that undamental ideal.
 Michael Waldman President 
Introduction from the President

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