Adam Eichen

Adam Eichen is Equal Citizens Communications Strategist. Eichen is also a member of the Democracy Matters board of directors and a fellow at the Small Planet Institute. He is the co-author, with Frances Moore Lappé, of the new book, Daring Democracy: Igniting Power, Meaning, and Connection for the America We Want. He served as the deputy communications director for Democracy Spring. Follow him on Twitter: @AdamEichen

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“If we are seriously interested in increasing participation in politics among the generations coming of age in the 21st century, we need to alter our approach.” (Photo: Josh Johnson/Unsplash) Views
Thursday, October 11, 2018
Why Aren’t Young People More Involved in Politics?
The midterms are fast approaching and, once again, voter turnout among young people is expected to lag behind other age demographics. According to Gallup , for example, 82 percent of people age 65 and up have an interest in voting, whereas only 26 percent of those under 30 do. Young people have an...
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"With Connecticut’s vote in favor of the National Popular Vote Compact, we’re one step closer to fixing our democracy." (Photo:Wikicommons) Views
Wednesday, May 30, 2018
The Electoral College Reform Movement Made Great Strides This Month, But Is It Enough?
Last week, with little fanfare, Connecticut governor Dannel Malloy signed a bill that officially adds his state to the National Popular Vote Compact. The compact, which only goes into effect when states totaling 270 electoral votes legally enter into it, allocates all participating states’...
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"Once we believe something is essential, we don’t need to know that its realization is certain or even that our odds are great in order to jump into action. We need only believe it’s possible." (Photo: Peoples World/flickr/cc) Views
Tuesday, February 13, 2018
We Have What It Takes To Meet The Crisis Of Our Democracy
In 1999, Dee Hock, founder of Visa, quipped , “It’s far too late and things are far too bad for pessimism.” But 18 years later, pessimism can feel like the new realism. After all, just three Americans control more wealth than the bottom half of us. In last year’s election, less than 1 percent of...
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"The seeds of the commission were planted after the 2016 election, when President-elect Donald Trump claimed for the first time that millions of votes were cast illegally. And since then, despite zero evidence, the president has repeated the claim ad nauseam." (Photo: AFGE/flickr/cc) Views
Tuesday, January 09, 2018
Voting Rights Still Need Your Protection
Champions of democracy scored a major victory on Jan. 3 when President Trump disbanded his Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity . Voting rights advocates had brought numerous legal challenges against the highly controversial commission, and the press release announcing the...
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Recently, more than half a million people called Congress about net neutrality and approximately the same number filed comments on the FCC website. Views
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
We Saved Net Neutrality Once. We Can Do It Again
Democracy lives or dies on the quality of public conversation. “Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers or newspapers without a government,” Thomas Jefferson wrote, “I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.” Today it doesn’t take the smarts of...
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 March on Harrisburg activists rally inside the Pennsylvania state capitol building for a state gift ban and gerrymandering reform on November 17, 2017. Views
Monday, November 27, 2017
A Perilous Time, a Promising Movement
“The system is rigged!” is now an angry, bipartisan cry, intensifying as Trump bows to big-donor interests and deepens distrust of government. But here’s the worst part. Not only has big-donor influence blocked life-saving public actions, from worker safety to climate change, but in recent decades...
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Tuesday, November 21, 2017
The Big Threat Now Is Citizens’ Lost Hope for Real Democracy
In today’s fraught and frightened America, the word “democracy” could well evoke the rolling of eyes, a blank stare, or wide-eyed incredulity. Certainly not the pitter-patter of hearts. But what if Americans were convinced that all we care most about—from our kids’ future to the immediate need for...
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Saturday, October 21, 2017
The Essential Ingredient of Democracy
On what human strengths does democracy depend? It’s a huge question and an urgent one, as many Americans fear their democracy is in free fall. Fortunately, in digging for answers, our constitution itself offers a useful starting point. The Preamble establishes the republic’s commitment to “promote...
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Wednesday, May 17, 2017
The Light That 'Never Was On Land or Sea'
POTTSTOWN, Pennsylvania—We are about a third of the way through the hundred-mile March on Harrisburg , a non-partisan pro-democracy Pennsylvania-based volunteer mobilization fighting for three bills already introduced in the state legislature. They span the gamut from gerrymandering reform to a...
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Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Why We Are Joining the March on Harrisburg
A little over a year ago, we embarked on a journey that would forever change our lives. With Democracy Spring , we marched from Philadelphia to Washington D.C. and then risked arrest in front of the Capitol. Our demands were simple: get big money out of our political system and end the systematic...
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