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Democracy South Mission
Working for Justice and Democracy in the South
Democracy South is a non-partisan, non-profit regional network of state-based and regional organizations in the Southeast. We are dedicated to helping build, strengthen, and link progressive, multi-issue, multi-racial coalitions that can address economic, social, and environmental justice issues at the state level, and to collaborate on regional strategies.
We strive to accomplish this in large part by focusing on the core underlying issues of money-in-politics, and how wealthy special interests subvert the development of genuinely democratic institutions. Money and politics research and advocacy for real campaign reform represent fertile ground for coalition development and uniting diverse constituencies. The spirit of our mission is resonating all over the South.
Democracy South was founded as an independent organization on New Years Day, 1997. It began as the Democratic Reform Project of the Institute for Southern Studies, which used money and politics research, media education, and grassroots organizing to advocate for progressive changes in policy and the reform of electoral structures in North Carolina. Much of the organizing and energy continues in North Carolina. Building on that work, Democracy South has built a network that extends into 11 southern states.
Democracy South's Mission includes:
In the spring of 2004, the Board acknowledged that a government more responsive to the needs of all Americans can be attained only when more Americans, especially those who have historically been politically under-represented and under-served, begin turning out in strength at elections. The Board subsequently approved an amendment of its Mission Statement to include among the organization's programs:
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