At every turn, our American Democracy is acutely in jeopardy. Our nation is deeply divided, and we have lost the civic values that once united us as a free people. The corrupting influence of money from those with vested interests affects policy at every turn, and a nation-wide tidal wave of legislation at local and state levels is aimed at suppressing the vote among targeted segments of our population.

The system is increasingly rigged and the will of the people is being subverted by the power of the few. In response, Elders for Sound Democracy is taking action on three fronts.

  • Voting Rights

The right to vote freely and fairly is fundamental to democracy. During this past year, extremist legislators in 18 states have passed bills that selectively suppress the ability and right of thousands of citizens to vote. In response, ESD is launching virtual teams in the key states of Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Wisconsin to support and promote voter turnout where the freedom to vote is being suppressed. In a similar effort, EAN state teams reached thousands of voters to get out the vote in the 2020 elections. Learn more about ESD’s 2022 Voting Rights Campaign – or – Join a State Team right now and make a difference from wherever you live! DON’T SIT THIS ONE OUT!

  • Civic Values and Culture

Our democracy is becoming increasingly fragile, caused in part by a lack of clarity and consensus on fundamental democratic principles and values. CVC envisions an American future where education at all levels teaches the key tenets of democracy and citizenship. It’s one where citizens would engage in respectful public discourse to promote collaboration and heal division. Elections would be inclusive of all, and public officials and candidates would not lie. To this end, CVC works to (a) foster civil conversation with those with whom one disagrees; (b) recognize individuals or groups that have acted in exceptional ways to advance democracy; (c) develop civic education workshops to expand elders’ capabilities in critical thinking skills for civic engagement; and (d) form organizational partnerships that create synergism in strengthening American democracy. Learn more about how you can participate!

  • Money-Corrupted Politics

Much research documents the staggering influence of corporate money on our democracy.  Corporate-funded legislators favor income inequality over critical social programs, and seriously neglect action needed for the environment. To address this problem, ESD is partnering with legislatively-oriented organizations that are working to impose limits on corporate campaign donations, mandate public disclosure, and bolster publicly financed election campaigns. A second focus for ESD is in taking ‘direct action’ including rallies, boycotts, and letter writing campaigns in support of causes routinely compromised by corporate investment. These direct actions are generally taken in collaboration with public interest organizations that support causes such as climate action, single-payer health care, and excesses in military spending.


Online planning and strategy meetings are held on the first and third Wednesday of each month for 90 minutes, beginning at 10:00 am PT / 1:00 pm ET. Register here to receive an announcement/reminder and the Zoom link before each meeting. 


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