Adam Eichen

Adam Eichen

Adam Eichen is the Campaigns Manager at Equal Citizens and co-author, with Frances Moore Lappé, of Daring Democracy: Igniting Power, Meaning, and Connection for the America We Want (Beacon Press, 2017). Follow him on Twitter: @AdamEichen

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It’s time to talk about democracy. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images) Views
Thursday, September 12, 2019
It’s Time to Talk About Our Broken Democracy. Will Tonight's Democratic Debate Moderators Step Up?
Amanda Litman of Run for Something wants to know if the presidential candidates will support introducing ranked choice voting in federal elections, and also if they will commit to pursuing full congressional representation for the 4 million Americans — a total almost equal to our six smallest...
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Global warming is so existentially terrifying, even seasoned activists may avoid the issue. (Photo: Christian Kortum) Views
Friday, May 24, 2019
Waking Up to the Sunrise Movement
You can love two children at once,” a colleague once told me. He meant that advocates for a single issue can integrate other reform efforts into their agenda without being subsumed—and are often more powerful for it. In my work promoting democracy reform I’ve repeated this message hundreds of times...
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True to form, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell put a damper on the historic occasion by pledging to kill HR 1. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) Views
Thursday, April 11, 2019
Anti-Corruption Bill #HR1 Can Fix the US’ Broken Democracy
Recently, the House of Representatives passed the most significant democracy reform bill in generations : The For The People Act (HR 1). This omnibus bill tackles virtually all aspects of our broken democracy—from the corrosive influence of money in politics to out-of-control gerrymandering to...
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Warren has made specific policies like the compact central to her presidential bid.(Photo: Scott Eisen/Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, April 10, 2019
Behind the Electoral College Debate, a Flourishing Effort to Advance Democracy
In March 18, during a CNN Town Hall, Senator and presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren called for the abolition of the Electoral College. Her response immediately went viral. Mentions of the Electoral College exploded on Twitter. Major outlets published articles detailing and editorializing on...
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Want more democracy in the primaries? Join the movement for ranked choice voting. (Photo: Jill Brady/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, April 02, 2019
The Case for Using Ranked Choice Voting in the 2020 Democratic Presidential Primaries
Sen. Bernie Sanders stands as the current frontrunner of announced candidates for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. Given his small donor fundraising capacity , ability to draw massive crowds , and impressive early polling results , the left wing of the Democratic Party has ample reason...
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Presidential candidates could bring much-needed attention to the idea by publicly supporting it. (Photo: Getty) Views
Wednesday, March 06, 2019
We Need Ranked-Choice Voting in the Presidential Primaries
If the New Hampshire Democratic presidential primary were held today, the results would be disastrous. That is, at least as far as representative democracy is concerned. A new YouGov poll released by the University of Massachusetts Amherst shows that New Hampshire primary voters are split between...
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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), former Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D-Texas), Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), and former vice president Joe Biden. Views
Tuesday, January 29, 2019
A Crowded 2020 Presidential Primary Field Calls for Ranked Choice Voting
With dozens of Democrats lining up to run for President in 2020, now is the time to adopt ranked choice voting in early states to guarantee that primary winners have clear majority support. Greater choices for voters is welcome, but crowded primaries can produce “winners” with less than 25 percent...
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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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