DECEMBER 17, 2015
From the beginning, the US Constitution has been very exclusive in who and what it protects, focusing on property rights while excluding basic human rights for most Americans. Citizens United represents just one in a very long string of Supreme Court decisions, past and since, which have rewritten our Constitution to give constitutional rights to corporations and other artificial entities, effectively preventing many of us -- particularly women, people of color, and indigenous communities -- from attaining the real promise of democracy.
Join us for a conversation with DeNora Getachew about the efforts of the Brennan Center for Justice’s Democracy Program to reform campaign finance and elections to guarantee voting rights for all people.
DeNora Getachew serves as Campaign Manager and Legislative Counsel for the Brennan Center for Justice’s Democracy Program, where she manages advocacy initiatives aimed at improving our nation’s democracy and voting system. In particular, she provides strategic leadership for legislative and policy campaigns related to modernizing voter registration processes and reducing the influence of money in politics. Ms. Getachew began her legal career as Legislative Attorney for the New York City Council’s Governmental Operations Committee, authoring legislation and advancing policy reform to improve the City’s lobbying laws, campaign finance system, and processes for administering elections. Prior to joining the Brennan Center, Ms. Getachew served as Policy Director for then Public Advocate Bill de Blasio working with diverse stakeholders to shape the Office’s policy priorities.