Dēmos

A multi-issue national organization, Demos combines research, policy development, and advocacy to influence public debates and catalyze change. We publish books, reports, and briefing papers that illuminate critical problems and advance innovative solutions; work at both the national and state level with advocates and policymakers to promote reforms; help to build the capacity and skills of key progressive constituencies; project our values into the media by promoting Demos Fellows and staff in print, broadcast, and Internet venues; and host public events that showcase new ideas and leading progressive voices.

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Wednesday, February 05, 2014
Dēmos Praises Introduction of The Government By the People Act
Today, Demos applauded Leader Pelosi and Representative Sarbanes for co-sponsoring H.R. 20, The Government by the People Act, new legislation aimed at raising the voices of all Americans in the political process and allowing congressional candidates to run competitive campaigns by relying on small dollar contributions. “Everyone should have an equal say in our democracy through the principle of one person, one vote—not one dollar, one vote,” said Heather McGhee, incoming President of Demos.
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Tuesday, October 01, 2013
New Jersey Failing to Offer Voter Registration to Low-Income Residents
Citing clear evidence that numerous low-income New Jersey residents have been denied the opportunity to register to vote, attorneys from Rutgers Constitutional Law Clinic, Project Vote, Demos, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, and the NAACP have issued official notice to Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno, as well as the state’s Department of Human Services (DHS), that the state is not in compliance with the requirements of the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (NVRA).
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Wednesday, June 05, 2013
Demos Vice President Heather McGhee in Support of Walmart's Striking Workers
In light of Walmart’s illegal retaliation and intimidation tactics against the members of the Organization United for Respect at Walmart (OUR Walmart), who recently announced their plans to strike for better work place practices, Demos Vice President of Policy and Outreach Heather McGhee issued this statement in support:
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Monday, April 22, 2013
New Report: CT Public Financing Experience Makes Case for Reform in NYS
Connecticut’s public campaign finance program is making the state legislature more responsive to voter priorities, helping lawmakers spend more time with constituents, and reducing the power of moneyed special interests, according to a compelling report released today that underscores the potential impact of similar reform in New York State.
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Friday, March 08, 2013
New Report Exposes How High Frequency Trading Drains Investment and Jobs from the Real Economy
On the heels of the introduction of the “Wall Street Speculator Tax” in Congress, national policy center Demos released a new report showing how the rise of high frequency trading (HFT) comes at a massive cost to the real economy, despite Wall Street’s claims to the contrary. “ Cracks in the Pipeline 2: High Frequency Trading ” demonstrates the ways HFT siphons value from the pipeline of capital intermediation, impeding the long-term investments the economy needs for sustained job growth.
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Monday, March 04, 2013
New Demos Report: Job Opportunities Hindered by Employment Credit Checks
While much of the country’s attention is focused on the need for job growth, a new report released today by national public policy organization Demos reveals the ways in which the use of credit history in hiring acts as a significant barrier to employment and may lead to discriminatory hiring practices, particularly for people of color and the long-term unemployed.
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Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Demos Calls on the Supreme Court to Uphold Section 5
Today, the Supreme Court heard argument in Shelby County, Alabama v. Holder , a case challenging the constitutionality of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Brenda Wright , Vice President for Legal Strategies at Demos, released the following statement:
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Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Coalition Praises Efforts to Expand Early Voting, Same Day Voting in Maryland
A coalition of government reform groups praised efforts by Governor Martin O’Malley and Delegate Kiril Reznik that would help Marylanders vote and make sure every vote is counted. The groups also encouraged the Governor to further strengthen his voting package and fix the range of problems Marylanders encountered last year at the polls. Those would include an increase and fair distribution of early voting sites and funding for a new voting system.
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Thursday, January 17, 2013
New Report “Billion-Dollar Democracy” Shows Unprecedented Impact of Big Money in 2012 Elections
It took just 32 billionaires and corporations giving Super PACs an average of $9.9 million apiece to match every single dollar given by small donors to Romney and Obama in the 2012 election cycle, according to “ Billion-Dollar Democracy ,” a new report by U.S. PIRG and Demos. Those small donations amounted to over $313 million from more than 3.7 million individuals. READ Billion-Dollar Democracy
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Wednesday, December 05, 2012
New Report Reveals Relationship Between Rapid Growth of the Financial Sector and the Weak Real Economy
Published today, a new report from national policy center Demos reveals a surprising and important relationship between the rapid growth of the financial sector and the weak economy: Wall Street’s share of GDP has jumped dramatically since deregulation commenced in 1980 and, at the same time, it has become less and less efficient at its true utility – serving as a pipeline funneling capital from investors to productive businesses in the Real Economy.
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