September 2014 Enews

MESSAGE FROM OUR FOUNDER...DM FIELD STAFF…DM FACEBOOK...NEW BOOK...CONGRESSIONAL FUNDRAISING...IDEA OF THE MONTH...MONEY ON MY MIND…QUOTE OF THE MONTH…FACTS YOU CAN USE A MESSAGE FROM OUR FOUNDER Welcome to Democracy Matters and E-News 2014. Students in DM campus chapters from Massachusetts to California and Texas to Minnesota are planning great events to mobilize campus political engagement to get big money out of politics and people back in! Fifty years after students played a critical role in the Civil Rights Movement, I’m so proud that Democracy Matters students are continuing the fight to deepen our democracy. Join me in reading our E-News every month to celebrate our victories, keep up on the latest happenings, and help us make democracy work for everyone – fairer, more inclusive, and of, by and for the people. Read more about ... Read More

Ferguson, Missouri

To understand what happened in Ferguson, nothing is more important than appreciating the extent of the political alienation that exists in that suburban community. With a population of 21,205, Ferguson is 65 percent African-American. Its voter participation rate was a shocking 12.3 percent in 2014, and was even lower in 2012 and 2013. This political disaffection is not an aberration. In her book, Trust in Black America, Shayla C. Nunnally reports that survey data shows that “Blacks are more likely than any other racial group to report trusting local government ‘hardly ever.’” 1 Dubious about the intentions and efficacy of government, especially at the municipal level, there is a logic to individuals choosing not to vote. The downside of that logic however is obvious. In the absence of the exercise of Black electoral power, Ferguson’s mayor, five of six members of its City Council and almost all members of its police ... Read More