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On June 9, 2021, Represent San Diego screened the PBS documentary, Democracy Rebellion, a hopeful look at political reform efforts across the US, followed by a panel discussion with several experts on electoral politics. The film tells the story of the growing reform movement so often ignored by the mainstream media. For every flaw in our political system—rigged elections, dark money, voter suppression and Citizens United—grassroots movements have come up with solutions and won reforms.

If you didn’t catch the film, you can watch it here, then watch the followup discussion with award-winning journalist Hedrick Smith, who produced the film; Fix Democracy First Executive Director Cindy Black, who appears in the film; and Daniel Weiner, deputy director of the Election Reform Program at the Brennan Center for Justice. Should Democracy Rebellion inspire you to get involved, please contact Represent San Diego for information about our local reform efforts.

Poster for the Democracy Rebellion movie.
Poster for the Democracy Rebellion movie.

H.R. 1 Panel

On April 30, 2021, Represent San Diego hosted an online policy panel about the For the People Act (H.R. 1 / S. 1) in conjunction with Represent Bay Area’s program series called “Policy Nerd Nights”. The panelists included Fix Democracy First Executive Director Cindy Black, Founder and President of the Campaign Legal Center Trevor Potter, Director of Litigation for the Campaign Legal Center Mark Gaber, and UC Berkeley and USC Professor Daniel Schnuur, who moderated the discussion. The event was broken up into three segments: Voting Access and Redistricting, Campaign Finance, and Ethics and Security, with e4ach segment having an introduction to the Bill, followed by nuanced conversation about that segment. If you missed it, you can watch this panel on YouTube.

For more information, you can read our myth-dispelling page on H.R. 1, contact your senators and ask them to support the passage of S. 1, and even sign up with Represent San Diego to help our local efforts in getting this bill passed.

Watch The H.R. 1 Policy Panel on YouTube.

rcv hike

At our March 7, 2021 chapter meeting, several members made presentations about the best hikes to do in San Diego. Attendees were then asked to vote for their favorite hike using ranked choice voting. This was not only fun, but demonstrated the value of ranked choice voting in action. The winning hike was the Seven Bridges Hike, and as the winner, it was scheduled as an event.

On May 15, 2021, members of Represent San Diego participated in the Seven Bridges Hike. At the end of the event, hikers were given a ballot to rank their favorite bridge. The (almost) unanimous winner, with 7/8 voters picking it as their 1st or 2nd choice, was the Spruce Street Suspension Bridge.

Results of the RCV vote after the Seven Bridges Hike